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Welcome to the American Backflow Prevention Association

The American Backflow Prevention Association is an organization whose members have a common interest in protecting drinking water from contamination through cross-connections. ABPA is an organization dedicated to education and technical assistance. Through its network of regions and chapters, local needs and interests are supported with the resources of the national organization. ABPA is committed to advancing all aspects of backflow prevention for the continued protection of all water users.


 Certification Lists Updated

Certified Backflow Assembly Tester List - current through June 30, 2020

Sorted alphabetically by Certified Tester Last Name

Sorted by Certified Tester Location (state)

Certified Cross Connection Control Specialist List - current through July 31, 2020 - Now Available!

Sorted alphabetically by Certified Specialist Last Name

Sorted by Certified Specialist Location (state)


ABPA Statement on COVID-19

Updated 8/17/2020


With the continuing public health crisis and the restrictions and limitations on the size of gathering throughout the areas where ABPA certification exams have historically been held - ABPA has been challenged to provide sufficient recertification exam opportunities for testers and specialists.


The ABPA management and certification teams are working hard to schedule and re-schedule ABPA certification exams. Several certification exams are scheduled in various locations throughout the rest of the calendar year – please check our Events Calendar  for specific dates and locations.

There is a backlog of tester and specialists needing to recertify created by the cancellation of spring exams and the continued social distancing requirements and other CDC guidelines.  Due to these circumstances - if any of the scheduled exams are accessible to you – we highly encourage you to register for that exam and complete your recertification requirements.


In order to account for this limitation and in order to not affect the continuity of certification for our certified testers and specialists – ABPA is revising its initial extension to include all existing certifications (tester and specialist) that have an expiration date between March 1, 2020 through December 31, 2020. This extension will last until December 31, 2020. The tester or specialist is still responsible to register and successfully complete their re-certification exam before the certification expires once exams are rescheduled.

Public water systems and other regulatory authorities are encouraged to understand the extenuating circumstances that led to these decisions. If documentation is needed, a detailed extension letter has been drafted to address this issue. Click here to download the letter.

ABPA is committed to providing re-certification opportunities to our certified testers and specialists while protecting the health of our testers, specialists, applicants, proctors, and examination monitors and the public-at-large.


Essential Services

As we all abide by CDC social distancing guidelines, it can be challenging to identify "essential" businesses.  ABPA encourages its members to follow your local jurisdiction laws and directives.  We also encourage the continued testing of backflow prevention assemblies on all high-hazard applications.  ABPA recognizes, continued safe operation of public water systems across our country is a vital essential service.  Protection from contamination remains essential in these challenging times.    


Annual Conference

The leadership of ABPA has made the difficult but necessary decision to cancel the 2020 Annual Conference and Trade Show and all pre & post-Conference events, scheduled for April 17-23, 2020 in Charlotte, NC due to the continued rapid spread of the Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19).

The safety of our conference attendees, tester and specialist applicants, volunteer proctors and examination monitors are of utmost importance to our Association, and our thoughts are with those affected worldwide.

In recent days, a number of significant changes have made cancellation of our Conference unavoidable, including the declarations of emergencies by the federal and many state governments along with new travel restrictions imposed by universities and employers around the country that prevent a growing portion of our registrants from participating in our Conference as presenters and attendees.

With the official cancellation of the 2020 National Conference and Trade Show, the ABPA office will be in contact with the registered attendees and vendors to facilitate 100% refund of the registration fees. The registrants who have submitted cancellations in the past 10 days will be included in receiving 100% refunds of the registration fees. If you are registered for the conference, you should have received an email outlining the refund process, if you have not, please email

We ask that you please cancel your hotel reservations as soon as possible, and if you were planning on travelling to our meeting, then make the appropriate arrangements for your airline tickets.

In any event, ABPA offers the following web-site links to all of our members for the latest information to protect themselves and prevent the further spread of this virus.

For the most up-to-date information regarding COVID-19, please refer to the CDC website or the EPA website

 Announcing Date and Location of ABPA's

2021 Annual Conference and Trade Show!

Save the Date Notice

APBA is pleased to announce that the 2021 Annual Conference and Trade Show will be held in Charlotte, North Carolina on April 19-21, 2021 at the Charlotte Airport Hilton


 Current Water Safety & Other Helpful Links

Your virtual window into Happenings in the Backflow Prevention Universe:

Coronavirus Response

US Small Business Administration
US Unemployment Assistance

ABPA Newsletters

First Quarter 2020 Newsletter

Second Quarter 2020 Newsletter


Plumbing Code Events




New Management

As the ABPA Board of Directors has welcomed Advanced Management Solutions (AMS) as our new management company effective November 2019.

Here's what you need to know:

  1. AMS is owned by Patti Fauver, former ABPA President and former long-time ABPA Treasurer.  The business address is 6672 S. 1570 W., West Jordan, Utah 84084.
  2. AMS is handling all aspects of management . . . office administration, membership, certification, accounting, the website, newsletter publication, annual conference preparation, and support of the Board of Directors, committees, and Chapters.
  3. AMS Staff:  
    Patti Fauver and Brittany Laswell are full time.
    Carl Fauver is managing the Newsletter.  Peter Muscarello and Caleb Darby will be working part-time. 
  4. Typical separation of key duties:  Patti ( is handling membership, while Brittany Laswell ( is handling certification.
  5. The hours of operation are Monday through Friday, 7:00 AM through 4:00 pm Mountain Time.  AMS will be closed on the standard holidays, and including the day after Thanksgiving and Christmas Eve.
  6. The ABPA phone number is 801-436-7238.  A simple phone tree will get you to where you need to be.
  7. Phone calls and e-mails will typically be returned within one business day.
  8. The first edition of the renewed Newsletter went out in January, future issues will be maintained on a quarterly schedule, with no exceptions!
  9. Other key e-mail addresses:

· (questions of a general nature about the ABPA and backflow prevention)

· (self-explanatory)

· (self-explanatory)

· (Mike Ahlee)

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