Introduction to Backflow Prevention - Course 18

Introduction to Backflow Prevention

  • TREEO FDEP OCP 04251049: CEUs: 0.75 WW DW DS
  • FBPR Construction Industry Licensing Board Provider #: 0000995
  • FBPR Construction Industry Licensing Board Course #: 0000708
  • FBPR Construction Industry Licensing Board Course Hours: 7.0 (Includes BSP)
  • Time: 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Coordinator Marta Keilhauer     email:     phone: (352) 392-9570 or (352) 294-3878


Introduction to Backflow provides the participant with a broad and basic understanding of various backflow devices. Time is spent discussing what is necessary for a functioning well maintained and managed backflow program.

This course is the first day of the Backflow Prevention Tester Training and Certification.
Topics include:
  • Basic backflow prevention terminology
  • Hydraulic conditions that cause backflow
  • State and federal backflow prevention regulations
  • And additional responsibilities and liabilities
  • Daily breaks are scheduled. You are on your own for lunch.
Course Objective
Upon completion of this course the student should be able to:
  • Explain the applicable regulations relative to backflow prevention and cross connection control
  • Describe responsibilities of water purveyors, plumbing inspectors, health officials, plumbing trades’ contractors and the water customer
  • Describe the hazards associated with cross connections
  • Define cross connection and list some common cross connections
  • 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.
Please Note: You must be present for entire course to receive continuing education credit and a Certificate of Attendance.
  • Water and wastewater operators
  • Distribution and collection personnel
  • Reuse system operators meter readers
  • Secretarial and billing department staff
  • Health department and code enforcement officials
  • Plumbing department inspectors
  • DEP officials


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8-8:30 a.m. Registration at Site
8:30 - 9:00 a.m. Introductions
9:00 - 9:30 a.m. Definitions and Hazards of Backflow
9:30 - 9:45 a.m. Break
9:45 - 10:00 a.m. Health Issues
10:00 - 10:30 a.m. Laws, Plumbing Codes and Responsibilities
10:30 - 10:45 a.m. Break
10:45 - noon Theory of Hydraulics and Driving Forces
noon - 1:00 p.m. Lunch on your own
1:00 - 2:00 p.m. Methods for Preventing Backflow
2:00 - 2:15 p.m. Break
2:15 - 3:00 p.m. Methods and Mechanisms (continued)
3:00 - 3:30 p.m. Standards and Testing Labs
3:30 - 3:45 p.m. Break
3:45 - 4:30 p.m. How the RP Works