This 32-hour course over 3 days is required to apply for a Journey or Master level plumbing trade license for the State of Maryland, WSSC, and local jurisdictions. This accreditation is managed by DLLR of Maryland, and by WSSC Water. This course is also applicable with DC Water to register as a backflow prevention technician for the District of Columbia. Many municipalities in Northern Virginia also accept this certification as a local license.
This 16-hour course over 2 days is approved by the Virginia DPOR board of contractors for the 16-hour vocational credit needed to apply for the backflow preventer device tester tradesmen designation. Applicants with more than 7 years of relevant work experience are only required to have 16 hours minimum of vocational training. This is a very quick paced program that will cover what a preventer is and how to test them but not include much else. All of our VA courses do also cover how to apply for and prepare for the state exam.
This 32-hour course over 4 days is required by New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH) to register as a backflow prevention technician for the State of New York, and all local jurisdictions within including New York City. The course is independent of the plumbing license process, and if taken and our exam is passed your name is automatically submitted to the online registration of backflow prevention testers until expiration. This course also counts for 20 contact hours or 2.0 CEUs for NYS Water Operator renewal credits.
This 32-hour course over 4 days is required by the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) in order to test backfow prevention devices in the State of New Jersey and all local jurisdictions within it. This course is independent of the plumbing license process, and if taken your credentials will be posted online and you can use your KTA license number on backflow test reports. There are more guidelines on this process in the New Jersey Safe Water Drinking Act.
This 40-hour course over 5 days is approved by Virginia DPOR board of contractors for the 40-hour vocational credit needed to to apply for the backflow preventer device tester tradesmen designation. Applicants with less than 7 years of relevant work experience are required by DPOR to take 40 hours minimum of vocational training. This is an extended program that will cover what a preventer is and how to test them, and also include training on repair and maintenance, and in depth review of all major terms and techniques. All of our VA courses do also cover how to apply for and prepare for the state exam.
This 32-hour course over 4 days includes training on backflow prevention, as well as includes the written and practical examinations required by MassDEP-DWP-CCCP for their certification. The course is not a license in itself for Massachusetts, but in order to get the state license, you have to have passed a state approved written and practical examination.
This 8-hour course over 1 day is to re-certify a license that is about to expire. For most of our service areas, the diplomas are valid for 3 calendar years from the date of the class, so if you are going to continue using the license beyond its expiration date, you would need to renew. We cannot renew expired licenses, but in accordance with each jurisdiction there is often a 12-month grace period (MD, WSSC, NY). We hold the maximum allowable grace period for each jurisdiction.
This 8-hour course is done on the first day of any of our regularly scheduled courses, is basically designed so a student understands backflow preventers, what types are used in what circumstances, the process involved in testing preventers, and the laws regulating backflow preventers in the area that the course takes place. We will issue a certificate but since it is just a backflow awareness course, it is not valid for submission to any authority for licensing purposes and the person taking the course will not be approved to test backflow preventers.
This 8-hour course is available in Virginia and assists a student with a local license who is hoping to upgrade to the state license. It is not approved with DPOR for vocational credit, but includes in depth training on backflow prevention topics, and walks you through the application process with DPOR. You also receive a practice test that you can keep complete with answers to practice for the exam with PSI.
We provide all hanouts and textbooks, so you do not need to bring anything to the course. However, we collect the textbooks at the end of the course. If you want a copy for yourself, you can find the textbook on Amazon, it is Backflow Prevention Theory & Practice - 2nd Edition by Robin Ritland, they are usually about $50 used.
For more information about the DPOR exam and their acceptable textbooks, check out the PSI candidate information bulletin. It lists a few codebooks that you will need, including the 2012 International Plumbing Code, and the DPOR Individual License and Certification Regulations. Any registration fees paid count towards the tuition, fees shown above include the total amount.
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