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How Do I Become A Certified Backflow Tester In Florida?

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The backflow of wastewater is a problem that plagues cities and towns throughout the country. In densely populated urban areas, backflow can pose serious health risks. When water flows in the wrong direction and enters the drinking water supply, it can lead to contamination. That is why backflow testers are an important part of maintaining the water supply. Here is what you need to do for backflow certification in Florida.

How to Become a Backflow Tester in Florida

Becoming a backflow tester in Florida is a relatively straightforward process. You have to get your plumber’s license, then pass the backflow tester exam to get your backflow certification.

Once you are certified, you must take a recertification course to maintain your license.

Which Certifications Do I Need?

In terms of certifications, the only one that you need is the plumber’s license certification. However, there are also a few certifications you may be able to earn while pursuing your educational requirements. These include the:

  • Backflow Certification Board (BCB) Level I certification
  • International Institute of Plumbing (IIPB) certification
  • Association of Plumbing and Mechanical Officials (APMO) certification

Many applicants get other certifications besides the one they need because it helps them continue to advance in their career.

Requirements to Become a Backflow Tester in Florida

There are three general requirements to become a backflow tester and to maintain your certification in Florida. If you can satisfy these requirements, then you can get and keep your backflow tester certification.

Like other professional licenses, there are some steps you need to do to keep your certification valid however these requirements are considered pretty minimal for anyone already working as a plumber in Florida.

Step 1: State Plumber’s License

First, you must be a state-licensed plumbing contractor. In Florida, only state-licensed plumbers are allowed to install or repair backflow prevention equipment. To work on that equipment, even to test it, you must have your plumber’s license.

Step 2: FSAWWA Certified Training and Exam

Second, you must complete a training course that is certified by the Florida Section of the American Water Works Association (FSAWWA), the body responsible for making sure that the water supply stays clean. The number of courses that you can take is limited, but at the end of the course, you have the option of taking the exam to get your certification.

Step 3: Recertification

Once you have obtained your certification, you must re-certify every two years. All you have to do is take the re-certification course, which is two days and pass the exam at the end. This must be done within 12 months of your certification lapsing otherwise your certification will be revoked and you will have to start with the training all over again.

Work With Certified Backflow Testers For The Best Results

Art Plumbing, Air Conditioning & Electric is the perfect choice to help you with backflow testing and certification. We have certified technicians that can help with your plumbing repairs and conduct your yearly backflow preventer certification that many cities require. Contact Art Plumbing, Air Conditioning & Electric at 1-800-475-1504 for all your backflow prevention needs.


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