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Course Description

  • TREEO FDEP OCP: 04251048: CEUs: 3.8 DS DW WW
  • FBPE Provider #: 0004021 30.0 CEH
  • FBPR CILB (Construction) #: 0000995; Course #0003509; Hours 18.5 (includes BSP)
  • Time: 8 a.m.- 5 p.m.
  • Approval for The Water Tower location only: CE-12-W-WW-0823-TWT-013126-0006

 

Course coordinator: Marta Keilhauer mkeilhauer@treeo.ufl.edu 
Phone: (352) 392-9570 or )352) 294-3878

Course Description

This five-day course provides guidelines for testing and inspecting backflow prevention assemblies in cross-connection control programs.

Recommendations:

  • Complete assigned homework during the course.
  • Study two hours each evening to prepare for exams.

Note: This course is for Tester Certification only. Certification is valid for two years, with a third year as a grace period. After three years, initial certification must be retaken.

For Repair Certification, take the Repair Certification and Maintenance Course.

Course Details:

  • Daily breaks are scheduled. Lunch is on your own.
  • Objective: Equip Backflow Prevention Assembly Testers to ensure drinking water protection.
  • Meets American Backflow Prevention Association standards.
  • Combines classroom instruction and hands-on lab work.
  • Successful completion awards a Backflow Prevention Assembly Tester certificate.
  • Attendance is mandatory for all.   Must pass both written and practical exams with 70% or better for Certification to be awarded.

Certification and Accreditation:

  • UF TREEO issues Certificates of Attendance and Completion.
  • Endorsed by the Florida Section American Water Works Association (FSAWWA).
  • TREEO Center does not issue backflow licenses since there is no State Exam.

Local Requirements:

  • Check with local water purveyors and Authorities for additional requirements, such as being a licensed plumbing contractor, certified repair technician or Fire Sprinkler Technician.

Florida Statutes:

  • Installers or repairers of backflow prevention assemblies must be state-licensed plumbing contractors.
  • Specific statutes and requirements can be found in Florida Statutes CHAPTER 489 and CHAPTER 633.

Lodging:

 

Learner Outcomes

Upon completion, students should be able to:

  • Explain basic hydraulics of backflow and distinguish between backpressure and backsiphonage.
  • Describe different types of backflow prevention assemblies and their protection mechanisms.
  • Demonstrate field test procedures for reduced pressure principle, double check valve, and pressure vacuum breaker assemblies.

Notes

Who should attend?

  • Water and wastewater professionals, including irrigation specialists, landscapers, fire prevention personnel, maintenance staff, builders/developers, and plumbers.

Testimonials

"The course was informative about reasons for backflow."

"It was hands-on and the instructors were knowledgeable."

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Section Title
Backflow Tester Training and Certification
Type
Discussion
Days
M, T, W, Th, F
Time
8:00AM to 5:00PM
Dates
Jun 24, 2024 to Jun 28, 2024
Schedule and Location
Contact Hours
40.0
Delivery Options
Course Fee(s)
Fee non-credit $645.00
Drop Request Deadline
Jun 19, 2024
Transfer Request Deadline
Jun 19, 2024
Section Notes

 

TREEO Center
3900 SW 63rd Blvd.
Gainesville, FL 32608

  • Map to TREEO Note: Be sure to use the UF/TREEO map because some internet maps will give you the wrong directions to get to our facility. Do not turn onto SW 63 from SR 24 (Archer Rd.) The road is closed just before you get to TREEO.

Gainesville Area Information:

Area Hotels and Information:

https://treeo.ufl.edu/directions-lodging/

 

Section Title
Backflow Tester
Type
Discussion
Days
M, T, W, Th, F
Time
8:00AM to 5:00PM
Dates
Jul 15, 2024 to Jul 19, 2024
Schedule and Location
Contact Hours
40.0
Delivery Options
Course Fee(s)
Fee non-credit $645.00
Drop Request Deadline
Jul 10, 2024
Transfer Request Deadline
Jul 10, 2024
Section Notes
Section Title
Backflow Tester
Type
Discussion
Days
F, Sa
Time
8:00AM to 6:00PM
Dates
Jul 19, 2024 to Jul 20, 2024
Type
Discussion
Days
F, Sa
Time
8:00AM to 6:00PM
Dates
Jul 26, 2024 to Jul 27, 2024
Schedule and Location
Contact Hours
40.0
Delivery Options
Course Fee(s)
Fee non-credit $645.00
Drop Request Deadline
Jul 14, 2024
Transfer Request Deadline
Jul 14, 2024
Section Notes

This course will be held over two consecutive Fri/Sat: 7/19-20 & 7/26-27

Course location:

UF/IFAS Extension Sarasota County
6700 Clark Rd, Sarasota, FL 34241
Located in: Twin Lakes Park

 

Section Title
Backflow Tester
Type
Discussion
Days
M, T, W, Th, F
Time
8:00AM to 5:00PM
Dates
Jul 22, 2024 to Jul 26, 2024
Schedule and Location
Contact Hours
40.0
Delivery Options
Course Fee(s)
Fee non-credit $645.00
Drop Request Deadline
Jul 17, 2024
Transfer Request Deadline
Jul 17, 2024
Section Notes
Instructor - Ed Lathrop
University of Florida IFAS Extension Apopka
2725 S Binion Rd.
Apopka FL 32703

This location opens at 8:00am, so courses will start at 8:30am.
Building "B" Lab-109 towards the end of the corridor to the right.
Section Title
Backflow Tester Training and Certification
Type
Discussion
Days
M, T, W, Th, F
Time
8:00AM to 5:00PM
Dates
Aug 05, 2024 to Aug 09, 2024
Schedule and Location
Contact Hours
40.0
Delivery Options
Course Fee(s)
Fee non-credit $645.00
Drop Request Deadline
Jul 31, 2024
Transfer Request Deadline
Jul 31, 2024
Section Notes

TREEO Center
3900 SW 63rd Blvd.
Gainesville, FL 32608

  • Map to TREEO¬†Note: Be sure to use the UF/TREEO map because some internet maps will give you the wrong directions to get to our facility. Do not turn onto SW 63 from SR 24 (Archer Rd.) The road is closed just before you get to TREEO.

Gainesville Area Information:

Area Hotels and Information:

https://treeo.ufl.edu/directions-lodging/

 

Section Title
Backflow Tester
Type
Discussion
Days
M, T, W, Th, F
Time
8:00AM to 5:00PM
Dates
Aug 12, 2024 to Aug 16, 2024
Schedule and Location
Contact Hours
40.0
Delivery Options
Course Fee(s)
Fee non-credit $645.00
Drop Request Deadline
Aug 07, 2024
Transfer Request Deadline
Aug 07, 2024
Section Title
Backflow Tester
Type
Discussion
Days
M, T, W, Th, F
Time
8:00AM to 5:00PM
Dates
Aug 12, 2024 to Aug 16, 2024
Schedule and Location
Contact Hours
40.0
Delivery Options
Course Fee(s)
Fee non-credit $645.00
Drop Request Deadline
Aug 07, 2024
Transfer Request Deadline
Aug 07, 2024
Section Notes
Instructor - Ed Lathrop
University of Florida IFAS Extension Apopka
2725 S Binion Rd.
Apopka FL 32703

This location opens at 8:00am, so courses will start at 8:30am.
Building "B" Lab-109 towards the end of the corridor to the right.
Section Title
Backflow Tester
Type
Discussion
Days
F, Sa
Time
8:00AM to 6:00PM
Dates
Aug 16, 2024 to Aug 17, 2024
Type
Discussion
Days
F, Sa
Time
8:00AM to 6:00PM
Dates
Aug 23, 2024 to Aug 24, 2024
Schedule and Location
Contact Hours
40.0
Delivery Options
Course Fee(s)
Fee non-credit $645.00
Drop Request Deadline
Aug 11, 2024
Transfer Request Deadline
Aug 11, 2024
Section Notes

This course will be held over two consecutive Fri/Sat: 8/16-17 & 8/23-24

Wayne Automatic Sprinklers
4683 Laredo Ave.

Fort Myers, FL 33905
 

Section Title
Backflow Tester
Type
Discussion
Days
M, T, W, Th
Time
8:00AM to 6:00PM
Dates
Sep 09, 2024 to Sep 12, 2024
Schedule and Location
Contact Hours
40.0
Delivery Options
Course Fee(s)
Fee non-credit $645.00
Drop Request Deadline
Sep 04, 2024
Transfer Request Deadline
Sep 04, 2024
Section Title
Backflow Tester
Type
Discussion
Days
M, T, W, Th, F
Time
8:00AM to 5:00PM
Dates
Sep 16, 2024 to Sep 20, 2024
Schedule and Location
Contact Hours
40.0
Delivery Options
Course Fee(s)
Fee non-credit $645.00
Drop Request Deadline
Sep 11, 2024
Transfer Request Deadline
Sep 11, 2024
Section Title
Backflow Tester
Type
Discussion
Days
M, T, W, Th, F
Time
8:00AM to 5:00PM
Dates
Sep 16, 2024 to Sep 20, 2024
Schedule and Location
Contact Hours
40.0
Delivery Options
Course Fee(s)
Fee non-credit $645.00
Drop Request Deadline
Sep 11, 2024
Transfer Request Deadline
Sep 11, 2024
Section Title
Backflow Tester
Type
Discussion
Days
M, T, W, Th, F
Time
8:00AM to 5:00PM
Dates
Sep 16, 2024 to Sep 20, 2024
Schedule and Location
Contact Hours
40.0
Delivery Options
Course Fee(s)
Fee non-credit $645.00
Drop Request Deadline
Sep 11, 2024
Transfer Request Deadline
Sep 11, 2024
Section Notes
Section Title
Backflow Tester
Type
Discussion
Days
Sa, Su
Time
8:00AM to 6:00PM
Dates
Sep 21, 2024 to Sep 22, 2024
Type
Discussion
Days
Sa, Su
Time
8:00AM to 6:00PM
Dates
Sep 28, 2024 to Sep 29, 2024
Schedule and Location
Contact Hours
40.0
Delivery Options
Course Fee(s)
Fee non-credit $645.00
Drop Request Deadline
Sep 16, 2024
Transfer Request Deadline
Sep 16, 2024
Section Notes

This class will be two consecutive weekends: 9/21-22 & 9/28-29

Course location:
Bowers Whitley
13609 N. 22nd St.
Tampa, FL 33613

Section Title
Backflow Tester
Type
Discussion
Days
F, Sa
Time
8:00AM to 6:00PM
Dates
Oct 04, 2024 to Oct 05, 2024
Type
Discussion
Days
F, Sa
Time
8:00AM to 6:00PM
Dates
Oct 11, 2024 to Oct 12, 2024
Schedule and Location
Contact Hours
40.0
Delivery Options
Course Fee(s)
Fee non-credit $645.00
Drop Request Deadline
Sep 29, 2024
Transfer Request Deadline
Sep 29, 2024
Section Notes

This course will be held over two consecutive Fri/Sat: 10/4-5 & 10/11-12

Wayne Automatic Sprinklers
4683 Laredo Ave.

Fort Myers, FL 33905
 

Section Title
Backflow Tester
Type
Discussion
Days
M, T, W, Th, F
Time
8:00AM to 5:00PM
Dates
Oct 07, 2024 to Oct 11, 2024
Schedule and Location
Contact Hours
40.0
Delivery Options
Course Fee(s)
Fee non-credit $645.00
Drop Request Deadline
Oct 02, 2024
Transfer Request Deadline
Oct 02, 2024
Section Notes
Instructor - Ed Lathrop
University of Florida IFAS Extension Apopka
2725 S Binion Rd.
Apopka FL 32703

This location opens at 8:00am, so courses will start at 8:30am.
Building "B" Lab-109 towards the end of the corridor to the right.
Section Title
Backflow Tester Training and Certification
Type
Discussion
Days
M, T, W, Th
Time
8:00AM to 5:00PM
Dates
Oct 14, 2024 to Oct 17, 2024
Schedule and Location
Contact Hours
40.0
Delivery Options
Course Fee(s)
Fee non-credit $645.00
Drop Request Deadline
Oct 09, 2024
Transfer Request Deadline
Oct 09, 2024
Section Notes

TREEO Center
3900 SW 63rd Blvd.
Gainesville, FL 32608

  • Map to TREEO Note: Be sure to use the UF/TREEO map because some internet maps will give you the wrong directions to get to our facility. Do not turn onto SW 63 from SR 24 (Archer Rd.) The road is closed just before you get to TREEO.

Gainesville Area Information:

Area Hotels and Information:

https://treeo.ufl.edu/directions-lodging/

 

Section Title
Backflow Tester
Type
Discussion
Days
Sa, Su
Time
8:00AM to 6:00PM
Dates
Nov 02, 2024 to Nov 03, 2024
Type
Discussion
Days
Sa, Su
Time
8:00AM to 6:00PM
Dates
Nov 09, 2024 to Nov 10, 2024
Schedule and Location
Contact Hours
40.0
Delivery Options
Course Fee(s)
Fee non-credit $645.00
Drop Request Deadline
Oct 28, 2024
Transfer Request Deadline
Oct 28, 2024
Section Notes

This class will be two consecutive weekends: 11/2-3 & 11/9-10

Location:
Bowers Whitley
13609 N. 22nd St.
Tampa, FL 33613

 

Section Title
Backflow Tester
Type
Discussion
Days
M, T, W, Th, F
Time
8:00AM to 5:00PM
Dates
Nov 04, 2024 to Nov 08, 2024
Schedule and Location
Contact Hours
40.0
Delivery Options
Course Fee(s)
Fee non-credit $645.00
Drop Request Deadline
Oct 30, 2024
Transfer Request Deadline
Oct 30, 2024
Section Title
Backflow Tester
Type
Discussion
Days
M, T, W, Th, F
Time
8:00AM to 5:00PM
Dates
Nov 04, 2024 to Nov 08, 2024
Schedule and Location
Contact Hours
40.0
Delivery Options
Course Fee(s)
Fee non-credit $645.00
Drop Request Deadline
Oct 30, 2024
Transfer Request Deadline
Oct 30, 2024
Section Notes
Instructor - Ed Lathrop
University of Florida IFAS Extension Apopka
2725 S Binion Rd.
Apopka FL 32703

This location opens at 8:00am, so courses will start at 8:30am.
Building "B" Lab-109 towards the end of the corridor to the right.
Section Title
Backflow Tester
Type
Discussion
Days
F, Sa
Time
8:00AM to 6:00PM
Dates
Nov 15, 2024 to Nov 16, 2024
Type
Discussion
Days
F, Sa
Time
8:00AM to 6:00PM
Dates
Nov 22, 2024 to Nov 23, 2024
Schedule and Location
Contact Hours
40.0
Delivery Options
Course Fee(s)
Fee non-credit $645.00
Drop Request Deadline
Nov 10, 2024
Transfer Request Deadline
Nov 10, 2024
Section Notes

This course will be held over two consecutive Fri/Sat: 11/15-16 & 11/22-23 

Course location:

UF/IFAS Extension Sarasota County
6700 Clark Rd, Sarasota, FL 34241
Located in: Twin Lakes Park

 

Section Title
Backflow Tester
Type
Discussion
Days
M, T, W, Th, F
Time
8:00AM to 5:00PM
Dates
Nov 18, 2024 to Nov 22, 2024
Schedule and Location
Contact Hours
40.0
Delivery Options
Course Fee(s)
Fee non-credit $645.00
Drop Request Deadline
Nov 13, 2024
Transfer Request Deadline
Nov 13, 2024
Section Notes
Section Title
Backflow Tester
Type
Discussion
Days
M, T, W, Th, F
Time
8:00AM to 5:00PM
Dates
Dec 02, 2024 to Dec 06, 2024
Schedule and Location
Contact Hours
40.0
Delivery Options
Course Fee(s)
Fee non-credit $645.00
Drop Request Deadline
Nov 27, 2024
Transfer Request Deadline
Nov 27, 2024
Section Title
Backflow Tester
Type
Discussion
Days
Sa, Su
Time
8:00AM to 6:00PM
Dates
Dec 07, 2024 to Dec 08, 2024
Type
Discussion
Days
Sa, Su
Time
8:00AM to 6:00PM
Dates
Dec 14, 2024 to Dec 15, 2024
Schedule and Location
Contact Hours
40.0
Delivery Options
Course Fee(s)
Fee non-credit $645.00
Drop Request Deadline
Dec 02, 2024
Transfer Request Deadline
Dec 02, 2024
Section Notes

This class will be two consecutive weekends: 12/7-8 & 12/14-15

Location:
Bowers Whitley
13609 N. 22nd St.
Tampa, FL 33613

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