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The Backflow Prevention Assembly Tester is needed by administrative authorities throughout North America to assure that installed backflow prevention assemblies continue to protect the drinking water. The American Backflow Prevention Association (ABPA) Certification Committee (previously know as the Training Committee or the Training and Education Committee) completed the task of establishing criteria for what a Backflow Prevention Assembly Tester needs to know. Once a person has been trained, an examination protocol had to be developed to verify the applicant's knowledge against need to know criteria. The applicant must also be able to demonstrate their ability to test and diagnose the operation of the different types of backflow prevention assemblies. 

The ABPA Backflow Prevention Assembly Tester Certification Program has adopted the field test procedures published in the Manual of Cross-Connection Control, Tenth Edition. This manual is published by the University of Southern California's Foundation for Cross-Connection Control and Hydraulic Research. Information about the availability of the non-illustrated field test procedures may be obtained by contacting the Certification Program at (877) 227-2127 or Email


American Backflow Prevention Association (ABPA) Backflow Prevention Assembly Tester Listing


Exam Registration Instructions


Certification Program Administrator Updates






Utah Division of Drinking Water (DDW) Rule Changes
to the Cross Connection Control Program

Effects on the ABPA Certification Program

The following is taken from a letter from Gary Rager, director of the Utah DDW Cross Connection Control Program, to the ABPA.

The rule changes proposed were adopted by the Utah Drinking Water Board on November 13, 2018 and are effective January 1, 2019.  We have notified individuals certified in the Cross Connection Control program, as well as the drinking water systems, of these changes.  A summary of these rule changes, and the rules themselves, can be seen at

The ABPA Backflow Assembly Tester certification program meets DDW’s requirements of a 3rd party provider which are established by the Cross Connection Control Commission of Utah. It is Utah DDW’s intention to continue utilizing the ABPA Backflow Assembly Tester written and performance exam.  ABPA certification is required to apply for and obtain a Utah Backflow Tester certificate.  It must be noted that a Utah Backflow Assembly Tester Certificate is required in order to test backflow assemblies in the State of Utah (ABPA certification alone will not suffice).

With these rule changes there will be change in responsibility and procedure in administration of the Backflow Assembly Tester exams.  These changes will be more in line with how ABPA conducts Backflow Assembly Tester examinations outside of the State of Utah.  Below is a comparison table for procedure changes:

 Through 12/31/2018  Effective January 1, 2019
 Utah DDW ordered exam materials from   ABPA  Utah course provider contacts ABPA to   order exams, and needs for exam monitor   and proctors

 Utah DDW staff with ABPA Proctor   certification acted as  exam monitor 

 ABPA Certification will select exam monitor
 Utah DDW contacted and selected   proctors
 ABPA Certification will select proctors
 DDW staff with ABPA Proctor certification   acted as exam monitor and   administrated   exams  ABPA Certification will designate individual   to administrate exams and act as exam   monitor
 Utah and ABPA Fees combined – ABPA   portion then sent to ABPA from Utah   DDW  Applicant now pays ABPA fees directly to   ABPA


There are two upcoming ABPA exams scheduled in Utah that will be under this rule change, January 18, 2019 in St. George, Utah and February 1, 2019 in West Jordan, Utah. 

If you should have any questions or concerns, feel free to contact me.  I am committed to ensuring there is a smooth transition in the process and relationships with the course providers, American Backflow Prevention Association and the Utah Division of Drinking water. I appreciate your patience as we have gone through this rule making process, as I think the changes will invigorate the Cross Connection Control program in Utah. As always, we look forward to working with you in the future. 

Gary Rager

Environmental Scientist | Cross Connection Control
801-536-4211 (fax)
195 North 1950 West
Salt Lake City, UT 84116



Notice to all ABPA Certified Backflow Prevention Assembly Testers and Cross-Connection Control Specialists


Starting December 2017 ABPA is eliminating the “do not publish” option for all certified personnel.  ABPA certified personnel will automatically be listed on our website.  This listing will be limited to type of certification (i.e., Tester and/or Specialist), name, certificate number and expiration date.  No other information will be posted on this listing.  This change is intended to help administrative authorities who operate cross-connection control programs verify your ABPA certification status.


-Michael C. Ahlee

ABPA  Certification Programs Administrator


ABPA Certification Program - Rule Change Notification August 2, 2017


Notice from the Certification Program Administrator May 17, 2017


To register for an exam, please visit our site calendar.

Please Note: General exam registration closes 30 days out from the exam date. 

If you already hold an ABPA Certification or if you are a member of ABPA, you have an existing profile on the ABPA website with your certification information. With your profile you can:

  • View your certifications and their expiration dates
  • Sign up for upcoming exams- The application will autofill with the information in your profile, making  registering for an exam faster and easier.
  • Track your paid application fees and print/email your receipts
  • Update your contact information to ensure you are notified properly of upcoming exams, when your certification is expiring, and that your wallet card/certificates are mailed to the correct address.
  • You can also use your profile to record and track any other certifications you may hold so that you have a complete record all in one place.

To login to your profile: Your username will be in the format of firstnamelastname. Your default password is ABPA2016. If you have trouble logging in, please try resetting your password or email for assistance. Once logged in, change your password from the default review your information to ensure it is accurate.

To check the status of your and or another individual's certification, email or call 979-846-7606.

To become ABPA certified, or to learn more about the ABPA Backflow Prevention Assembly Tester Certification Program, please use the links below: 
Sample equipment needed for performance exam
ABPA Tester FAQ 

ABPA Tester Certification Operations & Procedures Manual  
I lost my certificate or wallet card.  How do I replace it?
To request a replacement card or certificate, you can do so by clicking one of the links below. The replacement for either the certificate or wallet card is $20.00. New! A Certified Tester (new or recertifying) may also print their certificate on-line via their profile at no cost.

I lost my Certificate                         I lost my Wallet Card                             

Mike Ahlee, Certification Program Administrator
How to Contact the Certification Program 
 ABPA Certification
100 North 20th Street, Suite 400, Philadelphia, PA 19103
Phone 1-877-227-2127 .  Fax: 215-564-2175


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