Cross Connection Control Certifications

BC Water & Waste Association (BCWWA) offers voluntary certifications for cross connection control (CCC) testers and inspectors. To learn more about these certifications, click on the certification that interests you.

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CCC Tester Certification

 

Students and / or professionals from a diverse field of activity are encouraged to take the CCC Tester Certification Course. Typically, individuals with a background in health, plumbing, engineering, law, consulting, water utilities, irrigation, building and parks maintenance, etc. take this course and become BCWWA-certified CCC testers.

How to Become a BCWWA-Certified CCC Tester

 

  1. Complete a CCC Tester Certification Course at a BCWWA-accredited training institution;

  2. Register with BCWWA to take the CCC Tester Certification Exam. Register online; and

  3. Pass the CCC Tester Certification Exam with a minimum score of 75% on both the written and practical component of the exam.

A CCC tester wallet card will be issued once you pass the exam. Your certification must be renewed annually with a CCC Tester Recertification Exam to be completed every five (5) years. All appropriate and supporting documents must be submitted along with your Annual CCC Tester Certificate Renewal Form and renewal payments to avoid any delays. Please refer to the CCC Recertification Policy for further details.

If your score for either component is below 75%, you can retake each or both components of the exam after thirty (30) days from your last attempt. If you do not pass both components of the exam by the second attempt, you must take the CCC Tester Certification Course again. Once you have completed the course, you will be able to retake the full CCC Tester Certification Exam.

CCC Tester Recertification

 

As of January 1, 2010 all BCWWA-certified CCC testers are required to recertify once every five (5) years. Once recertified, you will only need to renew your CCC tester certification by sending in your Annual CCC Tester Certificate Renewal Form and renewal payment annually for the next four (4) years to maintain active status. In addition, once recertified, you will no longer be required to notify BCWWA of having tested at least two (2) of each backflow preventer on your Renewal Form.

 

Recertification Due Dates 

 
When? Who? Certification No.*
January 1, 2010 - December 31, 2010  
The oldest 20% certified backflow assembly testers
1 - 4000
January 1, 2011 - December 31, 2011
The next oldest 20% certified backflow assembly testers
4001 - 5800
January 1, 2012 - December 31, 2012
The next oldest 20% certified backflow assembly testers
5801 - 7000
January 1, 2013 - December 31, 2013
The next oldest 20% certified backflow assembly testers
7001 - 7900
January 1, 2014 - December 31, 2014
The most recent 20% certified backflow assembly testers
7901 - above
  *BCWWA will notify CCC testers of when they need to recertify via mail.
 

Recertification Requirements

 

To qualify for the CCC Tester Recertification Exam, you must:

1. Have a CCC tester certification that is current or that has not lapsed for more than one (1) year from your certificate expiry date, and
2. Have the latest American Water Works Association (AWWA) Canadian CCC Manual, which contains the most current test procedures and policies.
 

How to Recertify

 
1.

Challenge and successfully pass the CCC Tester Recertification exam at a scheduled exam session or take the CCC Tester Recertification ("Refresher") Course at a BCWWA-accredited training institution prior to taking the exam.

If you wish to challenge the CCC Tester Recertification Exam, you must contact the BCWWA-accredited training institution hosting the exam to confirm seat availability and pay applicable lab fees. Then you must register for the exam with BCWWA. If you are already registered to take a CCC refresher course, then you can register for the CCC Tester Recertification Exam. Register now!
2.
Pass the CCC Tester Recertification Exam with a minimum score of 75% on the written and practical component of the exam.

 


CCC Inspector Certification

 

To further safeguard public health and the safety of drinking water systems from potential and actual backflow, BCWWA is expanding the successful CCC Tester Certification Program to include certification for CCC inspectors.

The need for CCC inspections for risk assessments is becoming more significant, as cross connections present dangers that appear in subtle forms and unsuspected places. Currently, CCC testers are only certified to test backflow preventers; they are not trained to identify new or existing cross connections within a facility.

A BCWWA-certified CCC inspector is an individual who conducts cross connection risk assessments on drinking water supply systems. The work of a CCC inspector also involves reviewing plans, physically inspecting the premises for potential and actual cross connections, educating customers, and developing and enforcing municipal by-laws.

Although this certification is open to anyone, it is intended for the following individuals:

CCC Testers CCC Administration Members Technologists
Pipefitters Building Officials Building Inspectors
Scientists Fire Protection Professionals Sprinklerfitters
Engineers CCC Program Managers Plumbers
Educators Building Maintenance Personal Water Supply Operators

 

How to Become a BCWWA-Certified CCC Inspector

  1. Successfully complete a course relating to CCC inspections and surveys from a BCWWA-accredited training institution;

  2. Register with BCWWA to take the CCC Inspector Certification Exam; and

  3. Achieve a score of 75% or higher on the written component and a "Pass" grade on the practical component of the BCWWA CCC Inspector Certification Exam.

A CCC inspector wallet card will be issued once you pass the exam. Individuals who do not pass either or both components of the CCC Inspector Certification Exam can retake either or both components after thirty (30) days from their last attempt. If an individual does not pass either or both components on his / her second attempt, he / she will be required to retake a CCC Inspector Certification Course at a BCWWA-accredited training institution before being allowed to take the full CCC Inspector Certification Exam again.

Maintaining Certification

 

In order to maintain active status as a BCWWA-certified CCC inspector, you will be required to:

  1. Renew your certification by submitting an Annual CCC Inspector Certificate Renewal Form; and

  2. Obtain six (6) contact hours of a BCWWA-approved event every three (3) years; or

  3. Challenge the CCC Inspector Written Exam every three (3) years.



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