BACKFLOW COURSE COMPARISON:
24 Hr. BPAT Renewal Course: This 3-day course is held Tuesday through Thurdsay and provides all the necessary credit to renew a BPAT license. The first day is Fundamentals of Backflow Prevention, second day Practical Skills (Hands On), and third day Advanced Troubleshooting/Repair. A USC 10th edition manual and free gauge certfication at time of course, are provided. Students may bring their own USC 10th edition manual and be compensated with store merchandise. Provides the required 24 hours for BPAT license renewal and 8 hours for Irrigation, CSI, Water/wastewater, and Water Treatment Specialist.
40 Hr. Backflow Prevention Assembly Tester Certification: This course fully prepares student for the practical skills exam (provided with course the last day of class) and the written examination (taken at a local community college after course completion). Students do not need to bring their own gauge for course attendance. TCEQ requirements for license experience are explained below on this same page. Provides 40 hours BPAT certification credit along with 12 hours for Irrigation, CSI, Water/Wastewater, Water Treatment Specialist licenses. Additionally 100 hours may be earned toward obtaining a plumbing inspector's license.
8 Hr. BPAT Hands On (Practical Skills): This course satisfies the hands on, practical skills criteria required by TCEQ every three years. Students practice on backflow testing stations separated from each other with each assembly being interchangeable by the students themselves resulting in a relaxed and optimized learning environment. Goal is to reestablish tester's skill level using the state required test procedures. An official pass/fail exam process is not part of this course. Provides 8 hours for BPAT license and satisfies hands on, practical skills requirement.
16 Hr. BPAT Hands On & Advanced Troubleshooting/Repair: This two day course satifies the Practical Skills training requirement and includes advanced troubleshooting and repair of backflow assemblies. A free gauge certification is included at time of course. Provides 16 hours for BPAT license and satifies hands on, practical skills requirement.
8 Hr. Fundamentals of Backflow Prevention: This course is not limited to Backflow Prevention Assembly Testers and is beneficial to anyone wanting to learn about backflow prevention and cross connection control and those needing credit on a TCEQ water license. Topics discussed include TCEQ compliance factors, approved backflow prevention, hazardous conditions, testing requirements, terminology, backflow incidents and updates in the industry. Provides 8 hours for BPAT, Irrigation, CSI, Water/Wastewater, Water Treatment Specialist.
TCEQ License Renewal for Backflow Prevention Assembly Tester (BPAT)
A total of 24 approved CEU hours is required in the 3-year license period to renew a BPAT license in Texas. The hours can be earned all at one time or divided up over the three year license period. For the importance of maintaining a tester's skill level it is required that at least 8 of the 24 hours be practical skills, hands on training. It is required at all 24 hours be earned on or before the license expiration date with the renewal fee being paid no later than 30 days after the license expiration date. Any guideline not adhered to will result in license expiration with the licensee having to re-apply and re-exam.
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Backflow Prevention Assembly Tester (BPAT) License Requirements
The TCEQ (Texas Commission on Environmental Quality) prerequisites for becoming a licensed backflow tester in Texas include a minimum of two years of TCEQ approved water related work experience, a high school diploma or GED, and successful completion of a criminal background check. This information is collected in an application process which includes an application fee of $111 payable to TCEQ after the student successfully completes the 40 hr. backflow tester course. After the application is approved by TCEQ, the applicant will receive an approval letter saying the applicant is approved to take the BPAT written exam which is taken at a TCEQ approved site or local college in his or her area (list of exam sites will be included with approval letter). The BPAT license will then be issued after the applicant successfully completes the written exam.
Approved areas of work include:
- Operating or maintaining a public drinking water system
- Installing or repairing residential, commercial, or industrial drinking water treatment equipment
- Installing or repairing lawn irrigation systems
- Performing activities requiring a master or journeyman plumbing license
- Installing or servicing fire suppression sprinkler systems and lines
- Operating or maintaining a domestic wastewater treatment facility
- Performing duties approved by the executive director
For questions related to specific work experience being recognized, contact the TCEQ at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (512) 239-1000.