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American Backflow Prevention Assembly Tester Certification Examination and Cross-Connection Control Specialist Examination. Note: Registration closes 30 days out from exam date or on first day of class if enrolled in the training course leading up to the exam (course must be at least 40 hours in length). Walk-ins are not permitted.

5/23/2018 to 5/26/2018
When: 05/23/2018
6:00 PM
Where: Cuyamaca College
900 Rancho Sandiego Parkway
Bldng L101
EL CAJON, California  92021
United States
Contact: Monika Dezhbod

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The exam at Cuyamaca College is split into two days:

The Written Examination is on 05/23/2018 at 6:00PM at Cuyamaca College

The Performance Examination is on 05/26/2018 early and late morning groups at Ahlee Backflow Services (9920 Prospect Ave # 104, Santee, CA 92071) 

What is involved in the Backflow Prevention Tester Examination:


There is a two-part test. First, a closed book written examination must be successfully completed, then an individual hands-on performance exam.

The performance exam requires that you successfully demonstrate the field test procedures for the:

RP - Reduced pressure principle assembly

DC - Double check valve assembly

PVB - Pressure vacuum breaker assembly

SVB - Spill Resistant pressure vacuum breaker


The Written Exam

Part 1 - Written Exam - The written exam is a multiple-choice type of exam covering subjects contained on the ABPA Need-to-Know Criteria, such as:

• Hydraulic and Backflow Principles

• Theory of Backflow and Cross-connections

• Codes and Regulations • Agency Responsibilities

• Mechanical Equipment

(Design, operation, component breakdown, application, installation requirements, field test procedures, reporting)


The Performance Exam

Performance Exam - The hands-on performance exam requires that the applicant demonstrate the field test procedures to an ABPA proctor. The applicant is expected to be capable of diagnosing the condition of the assemblies when they work properly, as well as when there is a malfunction, such as:


Leaking 1st check valve Leaking 1st check valve

Leaking 2nd check valve Leaking 2nd check valve

Malfunctioning RV Leaking #1 shutoff valve

Leaking #2 shutoff valve Leaking #2 shutoff valve

(Dir of flow & backpressure)



Leaking check valve Leaking check valve

Malfunctioning air inlet Malfunctioning air inlet

Leaking #1 shutoff valve Leaking #1 shutoff valve

Leaking #2 shutoff valve Leaking #2 shutoff valve


A qualified applicant who successfully completes both the written and performance examinations will receive a certificate containing your name, date of certification, and certification number. A wallet card is also provided.


Cross-Connection Control Specialist

The Specialist Exam consists of a closed book examination.

The written exam is a multiple-choice type of exam covering subjects contained in the ABPA Specialist Need-to-Know Criteria.

Please check the ABPA Cross-Connection Control Specialist requirements before applying for this exam.

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