Backflow Prevention Assembly Tester Training and Certification - Course 20

Backflow Prevention Assembly Tester Training and Certification

  • TREEO FDEP OCP: 04251048: CEUs: 3.8 DS DW WW
  • FBPE Provider #: 0004021 30.0 CEH
  • FBPR CILB (Construction) #: 0000995; Course #0003509; Hours 18.5 (includes BSP)
  • Time: 8 a.m.- 5 p.m. at TREEO: (off-site times vary)
  • Approval for The Water Tower location only: CE-12-W-WW-0823-TWT-013126-0006
Coordinator Marta Keilhauer     email:     phone: (352) 392-9570 or (352) 294-3878


This five day course provides guidelines for acceptable practices for testing and annual inspection of backflow prevention assemblies used in cross-connection control programs. At the end of the course, an individual evaluation is administered to those who choose to participate in the voluntary certification program sponsored by the UF TREEO Center.

* It is highly recommended that students do their best to complete their assigned homework during the allotted time of the course to ensure they are able to comprehend and understand the material.  Students are also expected to spend two hours each evening studying the material to prepare for the exams.

This course is for Tester Certification only. For Repair Certification, you must take the Repair Certification and Maintenance Course. Backflow Prevention Assembly Testers hold valid certification for two-years from the date of initial certification and/or recertification. We give a third year as a grace period. Once the three years have passed, you will need to take the Initial certification again.
If you do not pass the final exam and hands-on testing, you are able to return to re-test. A fee of $100 will be charged and must be paid prior to receiving your certificate.
Daily breaks are scheduled. You are on your own for lunch.
Course Objective
The Backflow Prevention Assembly Tester is needed by administrative authorities around the country to assure the backflow prevention assemblies installed continue to protect the drinking water. The Backflow Assembly Tester course is a rigorous five-day course that meets all American Backflow Prevention Association standards for certification in backflow assembly prevention testing. Time is spent in the classroom and the working wet lab.  Students receive hands-on and practical instruction on how to test backflow devices. Upon successful completion of a hands-on test in the lab and a written exam, students are awarded a certificate as a Backflow Prevention Assembly Tester. 
Upon completion of the course the student should be able to:
  • Explain the basic hydraulics of a backflow condition and the differences between backflow due to backpressure and backsiphonage
  • Describe the different types of backflow prevention assemblies and what backflow conditions they protect against
  • Demonstrate the proper field test procedure for the reduced pressure principle backflow preventions assembly
  • Demonstrate the proper field test procedure for the double check valve assembly
  • Demonstrate the proper field test procedure for  the pressure vacuum breaker assembly

Please Note: You must be present for entire course to receive continuing education credit and a Certificate.

Those individuals working in water and wastewater professions including: irrigation specialists, landscaping, fire prevention, maintenance personnel, builders/developers, and plumbers.


"The course was informative about reasons for backflow.”

"It was hands on and the instructors were knowledgeable.”

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Certification and Accreditation
The UF-TREEO Center only issues Certificate of Attendance and Certificates of Completion.  UF TREEO is the ONLY Training Provider in the State of Florida that is Endorsed by Florida Section American Water Works Association(FSAWWA).  Upon completion , you will receive a separate Certificate from the Association aknowleging the endorsement.  
The TREEO Center does NOT issue backflow licenses.
Certified Backflow Prevention Assembly Testers must check with their local water purveyor to find out what other requirements are necessary. Some water districts may require the backflow tester to also be a State licensed plumbing contractor, while other water suppliers may require the backflow tester to be a licensed plumber and certified repair technician. 

 Florida Statutes require any person installing or repairing a backflow prevention assembly for a customer be a state licensed plumbing contractor.

Agenda- Times and days may vary depending on location


8:00-8:30 am


8:30-9:00 am Introductions
9:00-9:30 am Definitions and Hazards of Backflow
9:30-9:45 am Break
9:45-10:00 am Health Issues
10:00-10:30 am Laws, Plumbing Codes, and Responsibilities
10:30-10:45 am Break
10:45 am-12:00 pm Theory of Hydraulics and Driving Forces
12:00-1:00 pm Lunch (on your own)
1:00-2:00 pm Methods & Mechanisms for Preventing Backflow
2:00-2:15 pm Break
2:15-3:00 pm Methods & Mechanisms (continued)
3:00-3:30 pm Standards and Testing Labs
3:30-3:45 pm Break
3:45-4:30 pm How the RP Works
8:00-9:00 am Hands-on Disassembly of RPs
9:00-9:45 am Break
9:45-10:15 am Test Kits and Their Accuracy
10:15-10:45 am RP Test Procedure
10:45-11:00 am Break
11:00 am-12:00 pm RP - Hands-on Practice
12:00 -1:00 pm Lunch (on your own)
1:00-2:30 pm RP - Hands-on Practice
2:30-2:45 pm Break
2:45-3:45 pm Installation of Backflow Preventers
3:45-4:00 pm Break
4:00-5:00 pm RP - Hands-on Practice
8:00-9:30 am DCVA Testing Procedures
9:30-9:45 am Break
9:45 am-12:00 pm DCVA - Hands-on Practice
12:00 -1:00 pm Lunch (on your own)
1:00-1:30 pm Inspecting for Cross-Connections
1:30-2:00 pm Record Keeping
2:00-2:15 pm Break
2:15-2:45 pm Fire Sprinkler Systems
2:45-3:45 pm Dual Check Valves & Thermal Expansion
3:45-4:00 pm Break
4:00-5:00 pm DCVA & RP - Hands-on Practice
8:00-9:00 am Freeze Problems
9:00-9:30 am Lawn Irrigation Systems
9:30-9:45 am Break
9:45-10:00 am PVB Testing Procedure
10:00-11:00 am PVB - Hands-on Practice
11:00 am-12:00 pm DCVA & RP - Hands-on Practice
12:00-1:00 pm Lunch (on your own)
1:00-2:00 pm Open Practice in Wet Lab
2:00-2:15 pm Break
2:15-5:00 pm Open Practice in Wet Lab


8:00-10:00am Written Examination
10:00am - 2:30pm Practical Examination
Upon Completion Awarding of Certificates