Most of our students fall into one of the three categories:
1. Those wanting to become a licensed Backflow Prevention Assembly Tester (BPAT).
The prerequisites for becoming a licensed Backflow Prevention Assembly Tester begin with attending an approved 40 hour backflow certification course. After the student successfully completes the course, he or she applies for the license through the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ). The requirements asked for on the license application include at least two years of water related work experience and a high school diploma or GED. Note: if you should have questions on what is approved work experience in a water related field, contact the TCEQ at 512-239-6135.
2. Backflow testers needing hours for renewing their BPAT License.
Twenty-four hours of CEUs are required for renewing a BPAT License. All hours may be taken at one time or they may be divided up over the three year renewal period. Out of the 24 hours at least 8 must be Practical Skills (hands-on) training with the option of repeating any approved course. The TCEQ requires that all twenty-four hours be earned on or before the license expiration date. When paying for the license renewal fee, the tester has up to thirty days after the expiration date. If any of the TCEQ requirements are not met, your license will expire.
3. And others needing credit for their BPAT or other TCEQ license, such as landscape irrigation. This course offers dual credit for most TCEQ water licenses, but may also be beneficial to unlicensed individuals wanting an overview of the importance of backflow prevention and cross connection control.
The 'Fundamentals of Backflow Prevention' is an 8 hour classroom course discussing topics from backflow incidents, types of backflow protection, installation criteria and rules/regulations. This course does not require you to be a licensed backflow tester and provides 8 hours credit towards an Irrigation, Customer Service Inspector, Water/Wastewater or Water Treatment Specialist license. The Texas State Board of Plumbing Examiners also provides 100 hours credit toward obtaining a Plumbing Inspector's License.