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Come Wednesday and Thursday of a regularly scheduled course, learn about the diagnostic failures and practice for any USC based practical exam. Study Guide Included
We have a 40-hour USC program, which includes a pass / fail practical and written examination. Once you pass our course, you receive a tester’s certification diploma. This may be accepted on its own in some areas, or used as a pre-requisite to a county exam, or a third party if required (AWWA, ABPA, ASSE, etc). The program includes lecture and practice on testing, repair, and design application of all four types of backflow preventers, and we cover the USC 10th Edition Testing Procedures with all listed diagnostic failures, in accordance with the applicable programs. NOTE - No 3rd party exams are hosted after the course, if these are required for your county, you can schedule with an open enrollment exam or even host your own exam at your convenience ! Full listing of county by county license registration requirements with links can be found below on this webpage.
The Kruger's Training Academy Certification can certify a technician to test preventers in some situations, mostly building maintenance / isolation devices ( such as irrigation or hydronic make up water ). To test on new construction and/or the annual tests on preventers that tie direct to water purveyors, there is likely a county exam or a third party exam and county registration required. We have a breakdown on each county’s requirements below on this webpage. For the state of California, all localities utilize a similar testing procedure to ABPA and AWWA, where there is a written exam covering the USC 10th Edition, and a practical exam with simulated failures. Check out our USC Test Prep Page for more info on how to schedule and prepare for these exams, and access to additional resources, whether you take our course or not.
Our 40-hour course is based on the USC (University of Southern California) textbook and course materials. We have submitted our course and received approval for our training with the major third party exam providers ( AWWA and ABPA ) and also most if not all counties in the state of California. If you have a specific question about a specific area, feel free to check below on the page with the county by county breakdown, or reach out via phone or email and we can follow up to make sure the course is registered. Most, if not all, certification exams require formal training and / or experience in order to apply, which our 40-hour course is considered the prerequisite training for taking their exams.
Check out more info on how to register and prepare for the county or third party exams on our USC Test Prep page - with links to their schedules and free resources to help you study.
If testing only in maintenance situations ( such as irrigation or hydronic make up water ), our certification is likely adequate for insurance or other purposes you might have. If testing for new construction or annual tests for the water purveyor, it depends on the county. There is no state level agency that manages backflow licenses for California, so it is up to the local county / city / water purveyor to decide who can test their preventers. A comprehensive list of each county is below.
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, hold a formal backflow certification (40-hour), AND you have to have, or be employed by someone who has, a California C-36 Plumbing Contractor license.
San Diego County – Testers need to be either CA-NV-AWWA or ABPA certified and take a tester orientation meeting.
Orange County – Testers need to be certified directly through Orange County Health Care Agency, Division of Environmental Health. They apply for and schedule an exam after completing a 40-hour formal backflow training course.
Riverside County – Testers need to pass an exam with the Riverside County Department of Environmental Health, application requirements include an AWWA tester certification and a journeyman plumber registry number.
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.
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.
Alameda County – There is no county level management agency, so testers need to be registered with each water purveyor. For Alameda County Water District, testers have to hold an AWWA certification and simply register with them. For East Bay Municipal Utilities District, testers need an AWWA, ABPA, NCBPA or ASSE certification, and then take a written and hands on examination with East Bay MUD, they happen every six months usually January and July.
Contra Costa County – There is no county level management agency, so it is up to the water purveyors. For East Bay Municipal Utilities District, testers need an AWWA, ABPA, NCBPA or ASSE certification, and then take a written and hands on examination with East Bay MUD, they happen every six months usually January and July.
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.
Ventura County – This is regulated by the County of Ventura, Resource Management Association. They require you to take a 40-hour USC based course, and then take an exam which is proctored by Ventura County. The list of acceptable courses is posted at https://vcrma.org/cross-connection-control-program-faq - we do not appear on the list currently, but our submission was approved, you can confirm with the Cross Connection Control Contact – Holly Sinclair - email@example.com.
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 they require an AWWA certification to get on the list.
Marin County – This is managed by Marin Water – they require either an AWWA or ABPA certification and then you fill out a registration form to set up a hands-on demonstration with them, held in April and October of each year.
(if your county is not listed, you might want to google it yourself and check their requirements before registering for one of our courses)
For the state of California and most western states, the only accepted testing procedures are the USC 10th Edition, with some minor exceptions for local ones such as the sight tub DCV test with Los Angeles County.
On our YouTube Channel, we created a series of videos where we test the four types of preventers using these procedures, we also have in depth videos on how to prepare for the county or third party practical exams on our USC Test Prep Page