40 Hour - Backflow Prevention Assembly Tester (BPAT)

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Hours:  40 (Classes 8 am – 5 pm unless otherwise noted)
Cost:  $650

TCEQ Course Code 1200 BPAT: This course provides the required 40-hour Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) approved course along with the TCEQ approved “hands-on” practical  test administered at the conclusion of the course to be considered for licensure by TCEQ as a Backflow Prevention Assembly Tester (BPAT).    

Completing this course also provides continuing education credit for the following licenses:

  • 32-hours of continuing education credits for licensed Backflow Prevention Assembly Testers

  • 12-hours of continuing education credits for licensed Water and Wastewater Operators

  • 12-hours of continuing education credits for licensed Landscape Irrigators (LI)

  • 12-hours of continuing education credits for licensed Customer Service Inspectors (CSI)

  • 12-hours of continuing education credits for licensed Water Treatment Specialist

  • 100-hours of training credit to an applicant for a Plumbing Inspectors license (through TSBPE)


Note:  TCEQ has adopted the University of Southern California (USC) 10th Edition Manual of Cross-Connection Control as the standard for backflow prevention assembly testing procedures and this manual is now required for all students attending this class.  

All students registered for this class will receive a copy of the USC 10th Edition.

NEW:  HAC is now offering free on site gauge certification to each registered student.  Additional gauges can be certified for $70 per gauge. Contact us for more information.


  • Individuals wishing to obtain a BPAT License

  • Individuals wishing to obtain continuing education credit

  • Individuals wishing to obtain a Plumbing Inspector’s License

  • Plumbers

  • Plumbing inspectors

  • Irrigators

  • Water Operators

  • Fireline Contractors

  • Customer Service Inspectors

  • Individuals wishing to obtain information regarding backflow

Prerequisites  - students should review tceq requirements to ensure that they are eligible for a license before registering for class 

Effective September 1, 2017, pursuant to TCEQ Reg-521 "Criminal History Guidelines", those with a felony criminal history should contact TCEQ Licensing Division prior to registering for a training course. Specific criminal history could negatively impact the ability to receive a TCEQ issued occupational license.

There are no prerequisites for this course; however, to be considered for licensure by TCEQ as a Backflow Prevention Assembly Tester, the participant must meet the TCEQ Qualifications for initial license.

These Qualifications are:

  • Have a High School Diploma or Equivalent Certificate

  • Complete a 40-hour training course

  • Pass an examination *Written exam must be taken at a TCEQ regional office or proctored computer-based testing facility as of May 2, 2016

  • Work at least two years in an approved area

Approved Areas per TCEQ (click link for more details):

  • Operating or maintaining a Public Drinking Water System

  • Installing or repairing residential, commercial, or industrial drinking water treatment equipment

  • Installing or repairing lawn irrigation systems

  • Performing activities requiring a Master or Journeyman Plumbing license

  • Testing and repairing backflow prevention assemblies on fire suppression systems and lines

An individual may substitute one year of required experience with:

  • 1 year of College credit (32 Semester Hours)

  • 20 Hours of Approved Training in addition to the required 40-hour Training Course

ABPA Certification:  If interested in ABPA certification, please contact us for more information.  ABPA coordination needs to be scheduled in advance to ensure we have the appropriate number of proctors/monitors on site for the exam. ABPA certification also requires an additional fee.  

Upcoming Classes

09/09 - 09/13/2019

Round Rock, Texas
Course Number
: 19-1200-09a


Fern Bluff Municipal Utility District
7320 Wyoming Springs Dr.
Round Rock, TX 78681

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09/30 - 10/04/2019

New Braunfels, Texas
Course Number
: 19-1200-09b


New Braunfels Utilities, Service Center Training Room
355 FM 306
New Braunfels, TX 78130

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11/11 - 11/15/2019

Carrollton, Texas
Course Number
: 19-1200-11a


HAC Training Room
2105 Luna Road,, Suite 310
Carrollton, Texas 75006

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12/02 - 12/06/2019

Houston, Texas
Course Number
: 19-1200-12a


Southern Water Corp.
5710 Airline Drive
Houston, Texas 77076

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