Sixteen Hour Backflow Prevention Device Certification: Course provides 16 hours of classroom and wet lab instruction designed to meet Department of Professional & Occupational Regulation (DPOR) training requirements for workers with at least 7 years of experience in plumbing and related mechanical areas.
Forty Hour Backflow Prevention Device Certification: BPDC includes 40 hours of classroom and wet lab instruction designed to meet training requirements for workers with 4-6 years of experience in plumbing and related mechanical areas. Course objectives include: The 16 and 40 hour courses provide classroom and wet lab instruction designed to meet Department of Professional & Occupational Regulation (DPOR) training requirements. Objective areas: Introduction to cross-connections; conditions leading to backflow; prevention of cross connection; cross-connection program components; installation of backflow devices inside buildings; outside buildings; and in flood areas; codes and ordinances; and use of test kits and wet lab. These classes are VA DPOR approved for all contractors who install, maintain, extend or alter water supply, liquid waste, sewage, and storm water systems. The instructor for these courses is VA DPOR approved to provide individual training for Backflow Prevention Device installation incidental to Highway/Heavy, Landscape Irrigation and Fire Sprinkler contracting jobs.
Four Hour Installation Certification: In accordance with 18 VAC 50-22-20 and 18 VAC 50-22-30, the Department of Professional and Occupational Regulation (DPOR) requires irrigation contractors (ISC), heavy highway (H/H) contractors and fire sprinkler contractors (SPC) to attend a class approved by the Board on backflow prevention assemblies (BPA’s) installation before they are allowed to install BPA’s. A state backflow prevention device worker certification does not allow contractors in these specialties to install BPA’s. Once the certification has been obtained, successful attendees will be authorized to install BPA’s, but only in their specific contractor designation. (IE: ISC install BPA’s in irrigation systems and H/H in heavy highway applications; etc.).
Course provides 4 hours of instruction covering theory of backflow and math calculations; thermal expansion & venturi effect; types of devices/assemblies & applications; 2009 Virginia plumbing code; special considerations; installation of backflow preventers; freeze protection; lawn irrigation systems; and discussion questions.