- Fulfill backflow prevention tester training requirements
- Understand cross-connection and backflow hazards
- Select the right backflow prevention assembly for each application
- Test and repair backflow prevention assemblies hands on
Who Should Attend?
Practical training for plumbers, sprinkler fitters, facility maintenance personnel, and utility workers focusing on procedures for cross-connection control, backflow prevention, and testing of backflow prevention assemblies.
Fulfill Registration and Certification Requirements
Participation in this course and successful completion of the hands-on and written examinations qualifies for 40 professional development hours (PDH) or 4.0 continuing education units (CEU).
Wisconsin: Successful completion of the Cross-Connection Control and Backflow Prevention course and exam fulfills the training requirements in Wisconsin for Cross-Connection Control Tester registration and is also approved for 40 Wisconsin Department of Safety and Professional Services continuing education hours for many plumbing and fire sprinkler related credentials.
Minnesota and Michigan: ASSE certification is required. To earn ASSE Backflow Prevention Assembly Tester certification, you must register for the ASSE Backflow Prevention Assembly Tester course and exam.
Introduction to Cross-Connection Control and Backflow Prevention
- Hazards to public health
- Causes of backflow
Backflow Prevention Methods
- Air gap
- Barometric loop
Backflow Prevention Assemblies—Double Check Valve Assembly (DC)
- How the Double Check Valve Assembly works
- Appropriate application of the Double Check Valve
- Assembly limitations
Testing of Backflow Prevention Assemblies
- 3-valve and 5-valve test gauges
- Care and maintenance of test gauges
- Calibration requirements
- Demonstration of proper testing practices
- Demonstration of Double Check Valve (DC) assembly test procedures
- Hands-on practice with DC testing
Backflow Prevention Assemblies
- Reduced Pressure Principal Assembly (RPZ)
- How the Reduced Pressure Principal Assembly works
- Appropriate application of the RPZ
- Pressure vacuum breaker (PVB) and Spill-resistant vacuum breaker (SVB)
- How the PVB and SVB work
- Appropriate application and limitations of the PVB and SVB
- Test procedures for reduced pressure principle (RPZ), spill-resistant vacuum breaker (SVB), and pressure vacuum breaker (PVB) assemblies
- Hands-on Practice – all testable assembly types
Backflow Prevention Devices
- Appropriate device applications
- Limitations of devices
Cross-Connection Program Authority, Responsibility, and Liability
- Federal authority
- State responsibilities
- Municipality or water purveyor responsibilities
- Designer, installer, and manufacturer responsibilities
- Facility owner responsibilities
- Liability issues
- How to minimize hazards for testers
- Personal protective equipment
- Confined space, lockout/tagout, fall-prevention
Wisconsin Rules and Codes
- Rules and regulations
- Requirements for new and existing services
Municipal and Utility Cross-Connection Programs
- How to establish a utility cross-connection control program
- Cross-connection survey programs
- How to manage cross-connection programs—documentation, tracking, and follow-up
Troubleshooting Reduced Pressure Principle Backflow Preventers
- How to relate malfunction symptoms to cause
- Repair of backflow preventers
- Hands-on troubleshooting and discussion
Troubleshooting Workshop—Hands-On Practice Classroom
Individual Hands-On Practical Exams
Individual Hands-On Practical Exams Continue
- Discussion of backflow prevention assemblies from various manufacturers
"Phenomenal class! Should be mandatory for everyone... went above and beyond my expectations. I will be a stronger asset to my company because of this class."
"One of the best classes I have been to in the last 20 years."
"Every journeyman or master plumber should attend the class."
"Great course, very informative, a lot of fun, instructors did a great job of keeping me involved and comfortable."
Green Bay Water Utility
Green Bay, Wisconsin
Ben Jordan is director of the Wisconsin Transportation Information Center. He has over 35 years of experience in civil engineering and public works. He earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign and is a Licensed Professional Engineer in the State of Illinois.
Wisconsin Department of Safety and Professional Services
Sales Representative, Soderholm and Associates
Lead Water Operator, City of Lancaster
Sales Engineer, Herkowski Stickler & Associates, LLC
Fee covers morning and afternoon breaks, scheduled lunches, and course materials
- CEU: 4
- PDH: 40
Registration: 7:30 AM
Class begins: 8:00 AM
Class ends: 3:00 PM on final day
Benjamin Jordan, Kevin O'Laughlin
If you cannot attend, please notify us no later than one week before your course begins, and we will refund your fee. Cancellations received after this date and no-shows are subject to a $150 administrative fee. You may enroll a substitute at any time before the course starts.