Our 40-hour course is based on the USC (University of Southern California) textbook and course materials. Our 40-hour certificate program is acceptable to ABPA as the pre-requisite training for the backflow tester exam and license. Links to the ABPA Exam Application and Certification Manual are below. The certification exam requires formal training and/or experience in order to apply, which our 40-hour course diploma is valid for this use and you just include the course info with your application.
Backflow Prevention Assembly Testing in Indiana is regulated by two entities in Louisiana, depending on the exact application, but both agencies accept certificates issued through ABPA.
First, the State Board of Plumbing of Louisiana (SBPLA) has a designation called the Water Supply Protection Specialist (WSPS), where this license certifies a technician to test backflow preventers on certain systems provided that they are also licensed for working on that system. More info on that program is listed on their website - https://spbla.com/cpe/wsps-certification-re-certification-approved-provider-list/ - where ABPA is listed as an alternate provider.
Second, the Louisiana State Department of Health and Hospitals has a program where you can get on their lists of testers. They accept ASSE 5110 or equivalent, and through emails they have confirmed that an ABPA tester certificate would be acceptable to them. More info on their website at - https://ldh.la.gov/index.cfm/page/549 - with the full rules and regs 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
Depending on availability, some of our courses can have an ABPA test proctored at the exam location on the Saturday following a Mon – Fri course. Otherwise, you would just take it at a separate exam location that is offered by the association. In order to host an exam, there are some space and access requirements in order to do this, notably a 60 day advance application. We would leave our props and gauges on site for use by the proctors. Our courses with a test proctored afterwards will be listed in the course schedule as such, you can find their full list of exams on the ABPA website. If doing a private course, we can have a hosted exam, provided that the course is scheduled with the 60 day notices required. There is no charge by either organization for hosting an exam, the only fees paid are by applicants who wish to take it.
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: