Backflow Assembly Tester Certification and Recertification

As part of a multi-barrier approach to safeguarding public health and our drinking water, the BC Water & Waste Association (BCWWA) offers backflow assembly tester certification.

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Backflow Assembly Tester 
Annual Membership and Certificate Renewal Form

How to Become a BCWWA-Certified Backflow Assembly Tester

Students and/or working professionals from a variety of professions and trades are encouraged to take the backflow assembly tester certification course. Individuals with a background in health, plumbing, engineering, law, consulting, water utilities, irrigation, and building and parks maintenance will find this training and certification useful.

Follow these steps to become a tester:

  1. Find a BCWWA-accredited training institution and register for a backflow assembly tester certification course.
  2. Find a BCWWA backflow assembly tester 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. A tester 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 backflow assembly tester certification course again. Once you have completed the course, you will be able to retake the full backflow assembly tester certification exam.


How to Maintain an Active Backflow Assembly Tester Certification

Every year you must "renew" your BCWWA cross connection control (CCC) membership and tester certificate to remain an active backflow assembly tester. In order to renew, you must complete the following steps before the "expiry date" listed on your tester certificate/wallet card.

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  1. Complete the Backflow Assembly Tester Annual Membership and Certificate Renewal Form.
  2. Return the completed form to the BCWWA office with payment ($99). A new tester certificate/wallet card will be issued by the BCWWA, and mailed to the address on file, once we have received payment.

 

Learn more about the valuable professional benefits that are included with your annual BCWWA CCC membership and certificate renewal fee.

Although you are no longer required to submit a copy of a valid test gauge calibration report to the BCWWA along with your renewal form, it is recommended that you calibrate your gauge on an annual basis in order to maintain the accuracy of the backflow assembly tests you perform. For a list of companies that calibrate backflow test gauges, visit the resources page.

Every five (5) years you must "recertify" to remain an active backflow assembly tester. In order to recertify, you must complete option A or B before the "recertification date" date listed on your tester certificate/wallet card.

Option A – Complete the backflow assembly tester recertification course and exam

  1. Find a BCWWA-accredited training institution and register for a backflow assembly tester recertification course.
  2. Find a BCWWA backflow assembly tester recertification exam and register ($120). To be eligible to take the BCWWA backflow assembly tester recertification exam, your tester certificate/wallet card must be current or the exam date is within one year of the "recertification date" listed on the card. See below if your card has been expired for one year or more.
  3. Review the most current version of the American Water Works Association (AWWA) Canadian Cross Connection Control Manual. Order your manual ($86 + tax) now!
  4. Complete the course and exam, with a minimum passing score of 75% on both the written and practical components of the exam. A new tester 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 recertification exam, you do not need to "renew" your BCWWA CCC membership and tester certificate that year, as outlined above.

Option B – Challenge the backflow assembly tester recertification exam

  1. Find a BCWWA backflow assembly tester recertification exam.
  2. Contact the BCWWA-accredited training institution hosting the recertification exam to confirm seat availability and pay any applicable exam sitting fees to the institution.
  3. Register for the BCWWA backflow assembly tester recertification exam ($120). To be eligible to take the BCWWA backflow assembly tester recertification exam, your tester certificate/wallet card must be current or the exam date is within one year of the "recertification date" listed on the card. See below if your card has been expired for one year or more.
  4. Review the most current version of the American Water Works Association (AWWA) Canadian Cross Connection Control 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 tester 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 recertification exam, you do not need to "renew" your BCWWA CCC membership and tester certificate that year, as outlined above.


What to Do if Your Membership and Certification Has Expired

If you allow your BCWWA cross connection control (CCC) membership and tester certificate to lapse, for more than one (1) year past the "expiry date" and/or "recertification date" on your tester certificate/wallet card, you will be required to challenge the full backflow assembly tester certification exam to become an active tester again.

  1. Find a BCWWA backflow assembly tester 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 backflow assembly tester certification exam ($120).
  4. Review the most current version of the American Water Works Association (AWWA) Canadian Cross Connection Control 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 tester 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 backflow assembly tester 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 tester certificate that year, as outlined above.


National Reciprocity of Certification

As a participating Canadian section of AWWA, the BCWWA CCC membership & certification is recognized through national reciprocity. If you hold a current tester certificate issued by a participating Canadian section of AWWA, you are permitted to tranfer your certification/registration to other participating Canadian sections if you change your primary place of residence to another section’s area of representation. You will need to apply to the new section in which you are residing and pay any required fees established by that section.

 Canadian AWWA Section 

 Area of Representation 

 BC Water & Waste Association (BCWWA)

 British Columbia & Yukon

 Western Canada Section (WCS-AWWA)

 Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba

 Ontario Water Works Association (OWWA)

 Ontario

 Réseau Environnement / Quebec Section-AWWA

 Quebec

 Atlantic Canada Water & Wastewater Association (ACWWA)

 New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island, and Nova Scotia, Newfoundland & Labrador



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