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Backflow Prevention Assembly Tester Certification Program
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The Backflow Prevention Assembly Tester is needed by administrative authorities throughout North America to assure that installed backflow prevention assemblies continue to protect the drinking water. The American Backflow Prevention Association (ABPA) Certification Committee (previously know as the Training Committee or the Training and Education Committee) completed the task of establishing criteria for what a Backflow Prevention Assembly Tester needs to know. Once a person has been trained, an examination protocol had to be developed to verify the applicant's knowledge against need to know criteria. The applicant must also be able to demonstrate their ability to test and diagnose the operation of the different types of backflow prevention assemblies. 
The ABPA Backflow Prevention Assembly Tester Certification Program has adopted the field test procedures published in the Manual of Cross-Connection Control, Tenth Edition. This manual is published by the University of Southern California's Foundation for Cross-Connection Control and Hydraulic Research. Information about the availability of the non-illustrated field test procedures may be obtained by contacting the Certification Program at (877) 227-2127 or Email


Please Note: All applications must be received by our office at least 30 days out from requested test date. If your application is received after the 30 day mark, it is unlikely that we will be able to accommodate your request.

To become ABPA certified, or to learn more about the ABPA Backflow Prevention Assembly Tester Certification Program, please use the links below: 
ABPA Tester Application  ABPA Tester FAQ 
Test Schedule & Locations  ABPA Tester Listing
ABPA Tester Certification Operations & Procedures Manual  
I lost my certificate or wallet card.  How do I replace it?
To replace your lost certificate or wallet card, you can fill out the ABPA Certification Re-print Form and either email, fax, or mail the form to us.  The replacement for either the certificate or wallet card is $20.00 each.

 ABPA Certification Re-print Form 

Online Payment 

When paying online, please submit your completed Tester Application Form, which includes your preferred test date and location by fax (979) 846-7607 or email to  

$95.00 Tester Fee Payment    

$95.00 Tester Fee + $15.00 for the Non-Illustrated Field Test Procedures
Mike Ahlee, Certification Program Administrator
How to Contact the Certification Program 
 ABPA Certification
342 N. Main Street, Suite 301 West Hartford, CT 06117
Phone 1-877-227-2127 .  Fax: 979-846-7607


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