We are currently offering private courses only in Maine. We offer public courses in California that would be valid for the required exams in Maine as well, otherwise we also offer private courses.
Check out our California Page for open enrollment courses
Have a Private Course and get your technicians trained at your location and on your schedule. More info on our Private Course Page ( minimum of 10 students )
We hope to do more local courses in this area, but need instructors to teach them, BECOME AN INSTRUCTOR AND JOIN OUR TEAM .. more info on our Careers Page
More info on how to schedule and study for the exam(s) on our USC Test Prep Page
We have a 40-hour USC program, which includes a pass / fail practical and written examination. Once you pass our course, you receive a tester’s certification diploma. This may be accepted on its own in some applications, or used as a pre-requisite to a third party exam (AWWA, ABPA, ASSE, etc). The program includes lecture and practice on testing, repair, and design application of all four types of backflow preventers, and we cover the USC 10th Edition Testing Procedures with all listed diagnostic failures, in accordance with the applicable programs. NOTE - No 3rd party exam is hosted after the course, if these are required, you can schedule with an open enrollment exam or even host your own exam at your convenience !
The Kruger's Training Academy Diploma can certify a technician to test preventers in maintenance situations ( such as irrigation or hydronic make up water ). To test on new construction and the annual tests on preventers that tie direct to the water purveyor, the appropriate third party exam is required. More info on how to register and prepare for the ABPA or AWWA third party exams is listed on our USC Test Prep page - with links to their schedules and free resources to help you study.
Our 40-hour course is based on the USC (University of Southern California) textbook and course materials. We have submitted our course and received approval for our training with the major third party exam providers ( including ABPA ) and most other entities that may require proof of training. If you have a specific question about a specific area, feel free to reach out via phone or email and we can follow up to make sure the course is registered. Most, if not all, certification exams require formal training and / or experience in order to apply, which our 40-hour course is considered the prerequisite training for taking their exams.
Backflow Preventer Assembly Testing in Maine is regulated by the Division of Environmental and Community Health, and they require that a tester is certified by one of a few third party organizations, where American Backflow Prevention Assocation ( ABPA ) is listed as accepted.
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:
Reduced Pressure Principle (RPZ) - USC 2-Valve Procedures
Reduced Pressure Principle (RPZ) - ASSE 5000 Single Hose Procedures
Double Check Valve Assembly (DCV) - USC Procedures
Double Check Valve Assembly (DCV) - ASSE 5000 Single Hose Procedures
Pressure Vacuum Breaker (PVB) - USC Procedures
Pressure Vacuum Breaker (PVB) - ASSE 5000 Single Hose Procedures
Spill Resistant Vacuum Breaker (SVB) - USC Procedures
Spill Resistant Vacuum Breaker (SVB) - ASSE 5000 Single Hose Procedures
Shopping for a backflow test kit or need an annual re-calibration ? Check out our 2-valve system and calibration services with Kruger Instruments @ www.krugerinstruments.com