We are currently offering private courses only in South Dakota. We offer public courses in California that would be valid for the required exams in South Dakota 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 Certification 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 Exam 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 ( AWWA and 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 South Dakota is not regulated by a state agency, so it is up to the local jurisdiction ( city, county, water purveyor ) to which certification programs they will accept. Sioux Falls and most if not all water purveyors indicate on their websites and directories that they accept ABPA tester certifications, although you may have to file some paperwork or take additional exams with them specifically.
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: