We are currently offering private courses only in Arkansas.
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We hold an approval through Arkansas Department of Public Health as an authorized training provider for the 40-hour Backflow Tester Course, similar to other providers such as ARWRA and AETA. The approval is not published but you could confirm with the department of health directly, our contact is Bill Sims. In Arkansas, the course itself is not a license to test, there is also an exam you take with the state after the course is complete, application is downloadable here. Since the courses' length and subjects are very similar, we can make the Arkansas version of our course available concurrent with any Mississippi, Louisiana, or Missouri courses - check out those state's page in link for schedule.
Although it’s not super clear on Arkansas Department of Health's website – link – the requirements to test and/or repair backflow preventers is codified in the Arkansas Rules and Regulations Pertaining to Public Water Systems (RRPPWS) – link – but that document also doesn’t provide super clear regulations. Essentially, the Arkansas Department of Health maintains a database of approved testers – link – and the program is administered directly by them, they require an application to the state with the 40-hour training certificate included in the application package, and then you sit for an exam directly with the Department of Health, after which you are entered into their database as a tester.
There are a bunch of options when it comes to testing backflow preventers as far as which procedures to use. We have found that the ASSE 5000 Single Hose Procedures are most efficient if you can use them, and have fewer requirements as far as equipment, connector tees, and number of hoses and adapters needed:
On our YouTube channel, we created a series of videos where we test the four types of preventers using these procedures if you're not familiar with them: