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Our 40-hour course is based on the USC (University of Southern California) textbook and course materials, and our courses comply with CA-NV-AWWA (California & Nevada American Water Works Association) criteria for their pre-requisite to take their exam. The AWWA exam is separate from our course, and has a separate fee and registration process. You can find more info on their application requirements, fees, etc., on their website here - CA-NV-AWWA
Our course also meets criteria set forth with many of the local counties and water purveyors, as an equal to the USC and other college courses required by some southern counties.
There is no state level agency that manages backflow licenses for California, so it is up to the local county / city government, or in some cases the local water utility provider (if private) such as Cal Water. The AWWA license is recognized by most jurisdictions as a pre-requisite for any local license, or a stand-alone license without further applications, along with similar certifications with competitors such as ASSE, ABPA, NCBPA. Some counties have their own specific licenses and course requirements which are compiled with links below on the page.
For the NV-CA-AWWA license, there is an eligibility requirement to apply to take their exam, if you look up their “BPAT Candidate Handbook” (link towards the bottom) on page 5 it outlines that you need to either complete a 36 or more hour course OR complete 2 years of experience in field testing. So if you currently hold a similar license in CA or somewhere else, and have been testing preventers for 2 years, and can document the time, you do not need our course and can directly apply for their examination, otherwise you need to complete our course or a similar one that meets their pre-requisite criteria. Most courses are 40 hours instead of 36, likely because most county and health departments require the full 40-hours.
The 40-hour course meets standard requirements, but the 8-hour test prep course is not registered for anything and only exists as a review to prepare students to take their AWWA or similar exam.
Below we have links and info on the major counties and if there are special requirements, we recommend that you check out your county’s requirements directly before registering (click the title link to see their webpage) :
Los Angeles County – Testers have to be certified directly through The County of Los Angeles, Department of Public Health, we have the application downloadable here - You need to pass a practical examination every 2 years, and in order to qualify for the examination, you have to hold a California C-36 Plumbing Contractor license, as well as pass a "formal backflow prevention course"
San Diego County – Testers need to be either CA-NV-AWWA or ABPA certified and take a tester orientation meeting to get on their list of approved testers.
Orange County – Testers need to be certified directly through Orange County Health Care Agency, Division of Environmental Health, with a requirement being a 40-hour training course, after which an applicant can take their county exam. Our course would be most likely be considered equivalent to the USC or Rancho Santiago College courses that are listed (note the “or equivalent” at the end) although final approval by the OCHCA has not been received.
Riverside County – Testers need to pass an exam with the Riverside County Department of Environmental Health, and the application clearly requires a copy of the applicants AWWA tester certification as well as a Journeyman Plumber Registry number, both appearing to be pre-requisites. Renewal exams are also required every 3 years.
San Bernandino County – Testers need to hold a certification with the county Department of Environmental Health, which requires an online written exam which qualifies a tester for an in-person practical exam. If you took a 40-hour course at an “accredited institute” such as a college or AWWA, then you can request to waive the written exam. There does not appear to be any course requirements or fees associated with any of these exams or applications.
Santa Clara County – There is no county level management agency, so testers need to be registered with each water purveyor. San Jose Water and Cal Water operate in these areas, both accept ABPA or AWWA’s certifications but you also need to register with them. Cities such as Sunnyvale requires AWWA only and a city business license.
Alameda County – Testers need to hold an AWWA certification and register with the Alameda County Water District.
Sacramento County – Testers need to hold an AWWA certification and register with the Sacramento County Department of Environmental Management. It’s not super clear from their webpage, but you can also inquire on their requirements and to register by emailing them at email@example.com
Contra Costa County – There is no county level management agency, and it looks like from their water department’s page that the county tests most of their preventers themselves. NCBPA does say on their website that they are approved for this water district.
Fresno County – There is no county level management agency, and it appears that most of the county is operated by Cal-Water, which requires AWWA or ABPA certification to register with them.
Kern County – There is no county level management agency, and it appears that most of the county is operated by Cal-Water, which requires AWWA or ABPA certification to register with them.
San Francisco County – Testers need to hold a tester certification through AWWA, ABPA, ASSE, or NCBPA, have a certificate of liability insurance, have a calibrated test kit, and submit an application to the San Francisco Department of Health to get on their testers list.
Ventura County – Testers need to apply for a tester certification through Ventura County Environmental Health Division, and renew every 2 years. In order to qualify, it does appear to require a training / educational course through Venture College, USC, AWWA, or ABPA.
San Mateo County – There is no county level management agency, and it appears that most of the county is operated by Cal-Water, which requires AWWA or ABPA certification to register with them.
San Joaquin County – Testers need to be on the County Environmental Health Department’s tester list, and you would need an AWWA cert and do an application to get on the list.
(if your county is not listed, you might want to google it yourself and check their requirements before registering for one of our courses)
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: