No course or exam scheduled in your area ? Our motto is "We Are Where You Are" meaning we try to service local areas as well as possible. We have two additional programs available, links to more info below:
Private Course - We can come to your location and train only your staff, bring all props, handouts, equipment, etc., Minimum of 10 students
Host a Course - Similar to a private course, we come to your facility and train your staff, but also you allow other local technicians to attend. No minimums for these and you get 2 free students.
Our 40-hour course is approved through the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals, Office of Public Health, Central Office of Engineering Services ( LDH-OPH-COES ) for their backflow licensing requirement. It is a stand alone course with no additional 3rd party exams or fees and would be valid throughout the state for annual backflow testing but not always for initial testing, see below:
NOTE - For some water purveyors, testing can be done by LDH testers, but new installs must be completed by a Master Plumber with the WSPS designation. This does not appear to be required state wide so would depend on your area. If seeking the WSPS designation for your plumbing license, you can still go through our program, but you would need to take an ABPA ( American Backflow Prevention Association ) third party exam also. So our program would include registration with LDH on its own and then the ABPA cert could be submitted for the WSPS. More info on how to schedule for the ABPA exam on our Exam Prep Page
Backflow Prevention Assembly Testing is regulated by two entities in Louisiana, depending on the application.
The Louisiana State Department of Health and Hospitals maintains a list of certified testers for the state, our course is approved through them as equivalent in length and exams to ASSE 5110. The list of testers is posted at https://ldh.la.gov/assets/oph/Center-EH/engineering/CCC/LA_Approved_General_Testers.pdf - The full rules and regs are outlined on their rules, title 51 sec 346 part B - https://ldh.la.gov/assets/oph/Center-EH/engineering/Rules/CCC_Backflow_Final_Rule_LR_July_20_2016.pdf
Also, the State Board of Plumbing of Louisiana (SBPLA) has a designation called the Water Supply Protection Specialist (WSPS), where this license certifies a Master Plumber to test backflow preventers (accepted by LDH) and is also sometimes required in order to install new preventers depending on the jurisdiction. More info on that program is listed on their website - https://spbla.com/cpe/wsps-certification-re-certification-approved-provider-list/ - we are not listed but the ABPA third party certification is listed. The reason we are not approved with them appears to mostly be a local thing with the Plumbing Board blocking schools, it is up to their discretion and if you are a plumber in the state seeking the WSPS endorsement you might want to reach out to them directly, they seem to recommend this local school in Baton Rouge who evidently the plumbing board hosts their classes.
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: