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ABPA Tester or Specialist Exam - Twin Falls, ID 02/07/2020
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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).

When: 02/07/2020
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Where: Twin Falls Water Shop
119 S Park Ave W
Twin Falls, Idaho  83301
United States
Presenter: Allen, Leslie and Jess Wilder
Contact: Certification

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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:

RP                                                         DC

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)


PVB                                                         SVB

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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