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.
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, they accept ASSE 5110 courses or approved equivalents, our course is approved as an equivalent. 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 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/
The APBA exams use the USC testing procedures, although some others are approved in most areas. The ASSE 5000 Single Hose Procedures are a little more efficient and require less equipment (tees, hoses, etc.), but if taking the ABPA exam, the proctor will only accept USC 10th Edition.
On our YouTube Channel, we created a series of videos where we test the four types of preventers using both types of procedures if you wanted to check out the differences: