Tester Education Training and Certification

July 1, 2014

This position paper is presented as a united e ort with the organizations listed below to enhance the safety of the drinking water and quality of cross connection control and back ow prevention programs throughout the world. We, the undersigned believe properly trained and certi ed back ow prevention assembly testers are of paramount importance to any e ective cross connection control program. To further this goal we endorse and recommend the following as a minimum of best industry practices for back ow prevention assembly tester, training, certi cation and recerti cation.

PARTICIPATING ORGANIZATIONS:

American Back ow Prevention Association (ABPA), ASSE International (ASSE), Back ow Prevention Association of Australia (BPAA), Back ow Prevention Manufacturers Association (BPMA), International Association of Plumbing and Mechanical O cials (IAPMO), IAPMO Back ow Prevention Institute (IAPMO BPI), and United Association of Journeymen and Apprentices of the Plumbing and Pipe tting Industry of the United States and Canada (UA).

TRAINING

  • Should consist of a comprehensive training course in back ow prevention and cross connection control covering the range of knowledge required by the certifying authority. (Typically no less than 40 hours)
  • Equivalent work and/or educational experience may be considered in lieu of the training course.

CERTIFICATION

  • Should pass a 100 question multiple choice closed book written exam.
  • A minimum passing percentage, weighted against the written exam, should be established. (Typically 70%)
  • Closed book practical exam. Demonstrate proper eld test procedure on RP, DC, PVB, and SVB assemblies1.
  • Practical exam should include assemblies in various conditions, including common failure modes.
  • Practical and written exams should be developed and administered independent of the training course instructor of record.
  • Certification should be valid for a maximum of 3 years.
  • Certification applies to certificate holder only.

RECERTIFICATION

  • Should pass a 100 question multiple choice closed book written exam tailored towards a tester with experience.
  • A minimum passing percentage, weighted against the written exam, should be established. (Typically 70%)
  • Closed book practical exam. Demonstrate proper eld test procedure on RP, DC, PVB, and SVB assemblies.
  • Practical exam should include assemblies in various conditions, including common failure modes.
  • Practical and written exams should be developed and administered independent of the instructor of record.
  • Certification should be valid for a maximum of 3 years.
  • Certification applies to certi cate holder only.

1 RP - Reduced Pressure Principle Back ow Prevention Assembly; DC – Double Check Valve Back ow Prevention Assembly; PVB – Pressure Vacuum Breaker Backsi- phonage Prevention Assembly; SVB – Spill-Resistant Pressure Vacuum Breaker Backsiphonage Prevention Assembly

 


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