We strongly recommend students without a technical background in plumbing or other related fields to contact Test Gauge before registering for the backflow certification course. We strongly encourage student to obtain their Training Materials prior to attending the backflow certification course.

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Training Course Scope

Test Gauge Inc. provides a 40 hour backflow tester certification course designed to comply with the State criteria's for becoming a certified backflow tester in Ohio, Kentucky, Indiana, and ASSE national certifications. All instruction course materials are derived from backflow industry accepted standards including the University of Southern California (USC), The American Society of Sanitary Engineering's (ASSE), and the American Water Works Association (AWWA). Also included within this backflow training course are backflow regulatory requirements required by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), State and Local Regulations, State Plumbing Code, State Fire Code, and State Department of Health regulations.

Classroom Training Day One

1. Introduction and Orientation to cross connection control testing
    Training duration - 1.0 hours
2. Programs and Responsibilities
    Training duration - 1.5 hours
3. Basic Hydraulics
    Training duration - 1.5 hours
4. Degree of Hazard
    Training duration - 1.5 hours
5. Backflow Assembly protection commensurate with the degree of hazard
    Training duration - 1.0 hours
6. Cross Connection Inspections
    Training duration - 2.0 hours
Daily total of 8.5 hours, class total of 8.5 hours

Classroom Training Day Two

7. Report Forms and Records
    Training duration - 2.0 hours
8. Defensible Backflow Prevention Program
    Training duration - 2.0 hours
9. Introduction to Backflow Prevention Assemblies
    Training duration - 3.5 hours
10. Detailed explanation of backflow differential pressure gauge
    Training duration - 1.0 hours
Daily total of 8.5 hours, class total of 17 hours

Classroom Training Day Three

11. Double Check Assembly (DC)
    Training duration - 1.0 hours
12. Testing Double Check Assembly
    Training duration - 1.0 hours
13. Instruction of student individually in a backflow wet lab (testing procedure practices)
    Training duration - 1.0 hours
14. Diagnosing, troubleshooting correctly a backflow assembly in failed operating configuration
    Training duration - 1.25 hours
15. Pressure Vacuum Breakers (PVB)
    Training duration - 1.0 hours
16. Testing Pressure Vacuum Breakers Assembly
    Training duration - 1.0 hours
17. Instruction of students individually in a backflow wet lab (testing procedure practices)
    Training duration - 1.0 hours
18. Diagnosing, troubleshooting correctly a backflow assembly in failed operating configuration
    Training duration - 1.25 hours
Daily total of 8.5 hours, class total of 25.5 hours

Classroom Training Day Four

19. Spill Proof Vacuum Breakers (SVB)
    Training duration - 1.0 hours
20 Testing Spill Proof Vacuum Breakers Assembly
    Training duration - 1.0 hours
21. Instruction of students individually in a backflow wet lab (testing procedure practices)
    Training duration - 1.5 hours
22. Diagnosing, troubleshooting correctly a backflow assembly in failed operating configuration
    Training duration - 1.0 hours
23. Reduced Pressure Principle Assemblies (RP)
    Training duration - 1.0 hours
24. Testing Reduced Pressure Principle Assemblies
    Training duration - 1.0 hours
25. Instruction of students individually in a backflow wet lab (testing procedure practices)
    Training duration - 1.0 hours
26. Diagnosing, troubleshooting correctly a backflow assembly in failed operating configuration
    Training duration - 1.0 hours
Daily total of 8.5 hours, class total of 34.0 hours

Classroom Training Day Five

27. Additional review of course material and testing procedures. 
    Training duration - 2.0 hours
28. Final written examination
    Training duration - 3.0 hours
29. Oral and practical testing is in accordance with current USC backflow testing requirements
    Training duration - 1.0 hours to complete practical examination
30. Student must conduction test on backflow assembly in normal operating configuration
31. Student must conduct 2nd test on a different type of backflow assembly
   

Total of 40 hours


Requirements of certification training school
Instructors and all proctors must initial and sign final examination test result forms
Test Gauge Inc. retains the students original final test form for 5 years
Provude documents to State for final backflow tester registration approval