Our 40-hour course is based on the USC (University of Southern California) textbook and course materials. Our 40-hour certificate program is acceptable to CA-NV-AWWA and ABPA as the pre-requisite training for the backflow tester exam and license. Links to the AWWA and ABPA exam applications and candidate info manuals are below. Both certification exams require formal training and/or experience in order to apply, which our 40-hour course is submitted to them for this.
Backflow testing in Arizona is regulated by the Department of Environmental Quality and is outlined in ADEQ Administrative Code (R18-4-215) as needing to be "tested by someone who is certified with American Water Works Association (CANV Section, AWWA) ... or other certifying authority approved by the Department," which a similar exam by American Backflow Prevention Assocation (ABPA) is also accepted.
Therefore, once you take our course and then apply for / pass a certification exam from an authority approved by Arizona DEQ, you would be able to test preventers in the state.
Depending on availability, some of our courses can have an ABPA or AWWA test proctored at the exam location on the Saturday following a Mon – Fri course. Otherwise, you would just take it at a separate exam location that is offered by the association. In order to host an exam, there are some space and access requirements in order to do this, notably a 60 day advance application for ABPA and 90 day advance application for AWWA. We would leave our props and gauges on site for use by the proctors. Our courses with one or more tests proctored afterwards will be listed in the course schedule as such, you can find their full list of exams on their websites. If doing a private course, we can have a hosted exam, provided that the course is scheduled with the 60 or 90 day notices required. There is no charge by either organization for hosting an exam, the only fees paid are by applicants who wish to take it.
The AWWA and APBA exams use the USC testing procedures, although some others are approved in certain areas. The ASSE 5000 Single Hose Procedures are a little more efficient and require less equipment (tees, hoses, etc.), but if taking the county or private exams they will likely only accept USC 10th Edition.
On our YouTube Channel, we created a series of videos where we test the four types of preventers using both types of procedures if you wanted to check out the differences:
Do you need a backflow test kit or need to calibrate a test kit you already have? We offer both of these, check out our sister company Kruger Instruments for more information: