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 Preventer Assembly Testing is not regulated at the state level by Rhode Island, so it is left up to each water purveyor, city, county, etc. Providence Water, and all of the ones that published their backflow testing requirements, showed that a tester needed to be approved through an entity that submitted their credentials, where American Backflow Prevention Assocation ( ABPA ) is listed as accepted among others. They also usually accept Massachusetts certified technicians through reciprocity. More info on our Mass courses can be found on our Massachusetts Page - a link to Providence Water's backflow tester requirements is below:
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.
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:
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: