Our TREEO based 32-hour Initial and 6-hour Renewal Backflow Testers Courses are approved through the Georgia Association of Water Professionals ( GAWP ) as part of the Georgia Statewide Backflow Prevention Assembly Certification Program, which is one of the allowable organizations to approve backflow tester courses. The overall tester program is regulated by the Georgia Department of Natural Resources, but is delegated to GAWP for their licensing purposes. So the course is administered per the approved standards, and the certification is registered with the GAWP.
Backflow Prevention Assembly Testing in Georgia is regulated by the Georgia Department of Natural Resources, Environmental Protection Division, and they accept certification exams through a number of third parties ( such as ABPA & ASSE) and also task the Georgia Association of Water Professionals (GAWP) to approve programs and tester courses through the state, referred to as the Georgia Statewide Backflow Prevention Assembly Certification Program.
This is found on the state regulations - Rule 322.214.171.124.7 - http://rules.sos.ga.gov/GAC/391-3-5-.13 - "all required field testing shall be performed by persons who are certified in the testing of backflow prevention assemblies by the Georgia Statewide Backflow Prevention Assembly Certification Program, as approved by the Division" among other certification programs such as ABPA and ASSE.
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:
There are also USC based test procedures, which are used by many schools, and UF-TREEO based procedures. Our courses in Georgia utilize the TREEO materials so those are covered in the courses.