Inspector Certification

As part of a multi-barrier approach to safeguarding public health and our drinking water, the BCWWA offers cross connection control (CCC) inspector certification.

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What is a CCC Inspector?

While backflow assembly testers are certified to test backflow prevention assemblies, CCC inspectors are trained to identify new or existing cross connections within a facility by conducting a comprehensive cross connection risk assessment on drinking water supply systems. The work of a CCC inspector also involves reviewing plans, physically inspecting facilities for potential and actual cross connections, educating customers, and developing and enforcing municipal bylaws.

Although this certification is open to anyone, it is intended for the following professions and trades:

 Backflow assembly testers   CCC administrators  CCC community program managers
 CCC educators  Building officials  Building inspectors
 Plumbers  Fire protection professionals  Sprinklerfitters
 Technologists  Engineers  Water operators

 

How to Become a BCWWA-Certified CCC Inspector

  1. Find a BCWWA-accredited training institution offering the CCC inspector/surveyor course and register for a course.
  2. Find a BCWWA CCC inspector certification exam and register ($120).
  3. Complete the course and exam, with a minimum passing score of 75% on both the written and practical components of the exam. An inspector certificate/wallet card will be issued by the BCWWA, and mailed to the address on file, once you have passed the exam.

If you score below 75% on either component, you can retake one or both components of the exam at least thirty (30) days after your last attempt. If you do not pass both components of the exam by the second attempt, you must take the CCC inspector/surveyor certification course again. Once you have completed the course, you will be able to retake the full BCWWA CCC inspector certification exam.

How to Maintain an Active CCC Inspector Certification

Every year you must “renew” your BCWWA CCC membership and inspector certificate to remain an active CCC inspector. In order to renew, you must complete the following steps before the “annual expiry date” listed on your inspector certificate/wallet card.

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  1. Complete the CCC Inspector Annual Membership and Certificate Renewal Form.
  2. Return the completed form to the BCWWA office with payment ($85). A new inspector certificate/wallet card will be issued by the BCWWA, and mailed to the address on file, once we have received payment.

 

Every three (3) years you must “recertify” to remain an active CCC inspector. In order to recertify, you must complete option A, B or C before the “contact hours due date” listed on your inspector certificate/wallet card.

Option A - Obtain contact hours through a BCWWA event

  1. Find a BCWWA professional development event related to CCC, that offers at least six "contact" hours of technical/educational content, and register.
  2. Attend the event and complete the CCC Inspector Annual Membership and Certificate Renewal Form.
  3. Return the completed form to the BCWWA office with payment ($85). A new inspector certificate/wallet card will be issued by the BCWWA, and mailed to the address on file, once we have received payment.

Option B - Obtain contact hours through a non-BCWWA event

  1. Find a CCC-related event offered by another organization and confirm the event is eligible for "contact" hours by submitting the Contact Hours Application Form.
  2. Once event eligibility is confirmed by the BCWWA, register for and attend the CCC-related event offered by another organization, and complete the CCC Inspector Annual Membership and Certificate Renewal Form.
  3. Return the completed form to the BCWWA office with payment ($85). A new inspector certificate/wallet card will be issued by the BCWWA, and mailed to the address on file, once we have received payment.

Option C - Challenge the written portion of the CCC inspector certification exam

  1. Find a BCWWA inspector certification exam.
  2. Contact the BCWWA-accredited training institution hosting the certification exam to confirm seat availability and pay any applicable exam sitting fees to the institution.
  3. Register for the BCWWA CCC inspector certification exam ($120).
  4. Review the most current version of the Cross Connection Control Inspector/Surveyor Program Manual. Order your manual ($86 + tax) now!
  5. Complete the exam, with a minimum passing score of 75% on the written component of the exam. A new inspector certificate/wallet card will be issued by the BCWWA, and mailed to the address on file, once you have passed the exam.

Note: If you pass the certification exam, you do not need to "renew" your BCWWA CCC membership and inspector certificate that year, as outlined above. 
 

What to Do if Your Membership and/or Certification Has Expired

If you allow your BCWWA cross connection control (CCC) membership and inspector certificate to lapse for more than one (1) year past the “annual expiry date” and/or “contact hours due date” listed on your inspector certificate/wallet card, you will be required to challenge the full CCC inspector certification exam to become an active inspector again.

  1. Find a BCWWA inspector certification exam.
  2. Contact the BCWWA-accredited training institution hosting the certification exam to confirm seat availability and pay any applicable exam sitting fees to the institution.
  3. Register for the BCWWA CCC inspector certification exam ($120).
  4. Review the most current version of the Cross Connection Control Inspector/Surveyor Program Manual. Order your manual ($86 + tax) now!
  5. Complete the exam, with a minimum passing score of 75% on both the written and practical components of the exam. A new inspector certificate/wallet card will be issued by the BCWWA, and mailed to the address on file, once you have passed the exam.

Note: You are not required to take a CCC inspector certification course from a BCWWA-accredited training institution prior to taking this exam, but it is recommended. If you pass the certification exam, you do not need to "renew" your BCWWA CCC membership and inspector certificate that year, as outlined above.

 



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