Backflow Prevention Assembly Tester Training and Certification Online - Course 7539

Backflow Prevention Assembly Tester Training and Certification Online

  • FDEP OCP 04211035: CEUs: 3.75 DS WW DW
  • FBPE Provider #: 0004021 30.0 CEH
Coordinator Marta Keilhauer     email:     phone: (352) 392-9570 or (352) 294-3878

For assistance with this online course, please contact

If you are eligible for CEUs for this course: You will be responsible for providing your license information at the completion of your course. We will provide confirmation once your information has been submitted. 

Please read all course information below prior to registering. Students must use a unique email address in order to proceed. Only 1 student per email address is permitted.

This hybrid online 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.  In addition to the online course, participants are required to complete 2 days of hands-on training at one of our approved lab sites as well as complete a hands-on examination. A textbook is included with this registration and may take 2-3 weeks for delivery. For students outside the continental United States, there will be an additional fee to ship your textbook, and you will be contacted prior to shipment for this fee.

Once you have fully completed the online portion of the course, please contact the UF TREEO Center. We will schedule your hands-on training and examination once your online completion has been confirmed.

This course is for Tester Certification only. For Repair Certification, you must take the Repair Certification and Maintenance Course.
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 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 complete the entire course and pass a written and hands-on exam.

Who Should Attend
Those individuals working in water and wastewater professions including: irrigation specialists, landscaping, fire prevention, maintenance personnel, builders/developers, and plumbers.
Course Developer
Senior Training Specialist
             University of Florida TREEO Center-Gainesville
Certification and Accreditation
The UF-TREEO Center only issues Certificate of Attendance and Certificates of Completion.
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. 

Accessing the course:

  • Student will receive course access once the registration has been processed by our office during normal business hours.
  • Each student must use a unique email address at registration. If you are registering another person, you can put your email in the comment section and we will send the confirmation and receipt.
  • The registration may be put on hold until these conditions are met.

Once the registration has been processed by our office, you can expect the following:

  • An email will be sent to you asking to complete your enrollment.
  • Follow the link to the Enroll Now page.
  • You will be asked to create your login using an external identifier. The University of Florida has approved the use of LinkedIn or Google (Gmail) to enter our courses. You can use an existing account for this course. You will want to make sure you know your credentials for this outside account.
  • The use of an external identifier as listed above is required to enter our courses. We cannot provide another method of access to the course.
  • If you are unsure about any of these requirements, please contact us before you register, and we'll be happy to assist.
  • Additional fees will apply for international shipping of your textbook. Please contact us with any questions prior to registering if you are outside of the U.S. so that we can provide an estimated rate.