Not sure if you have been following the TREEO Backflow Instructor drama, but essentially they are discontinuing their outside instructor's program and plan to self perform backflow courses in the state, pretty much all TREEO instructors ( about 2/3 of Maryland schools / instructors ) expire June 30 .. not to turn it into a sales pitch but we have classes in each area scheduled for before the June 30 date, after the program terminates there will likely be low availability for the courses for some time after that. This date may change to September 30 relatively soon but has not taken place yet ( 04/23/23 )
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.
All current classes in the state have out of state instructors teaching them, so we definitely would like a local instructor in this area. Check out our Careers Page for more info about the requirements, pay, and how to apply to begin our instructor's program.
For Maryland State, Our 32 and 8 hour courses are approved by the Department of Labor Licensing and Regulation - Plumbing Board. This course is mostly taken as a pre-requisite for a plumbing license application or required to keep a license registered with the state or a county.
For WSSC, the program has to be approved by DLLR and the instructor should be listed on the WSSC instructors list. If taking a course with us in Maryland, the instructor will be on the list.
For Washington DC, the backflow course is not required for the plumbing license, but is required in order to test backflow preventers. Once you take our course and receive the diploma, you need to submit this with some other information directly to DC Water
For Virginia, please note that starting 01/01/23 you have to hold a Virginia DPOR backflow license, our MD / DC / WSSC course is acceptable as an out of state license on your application to DPOR ( found here option 10 ), so you can use our MD course as the pre-requisite training to qualify for the DPOR exam, or you can take our Virginia specific vocational training courses which also go in depth about the DPOR exam and how to register - ore info on our Virginia Page
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:
Reduced Pressure Principle (RPZ) - ASSE 5000 Single Hose Procedures
Double Check Valve Assembly (DCV) - ASSE 5000 Single Hose Procedures
Pressure Vacuum Breaker (PVB) - ASSE 5000 Single Hose 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