Backflow Prevention Assembly Tester (BPAT)
Backflow Prevention Assembly Tester Information and Requirements
Backflow Prevention Assembly Tester Licensing OverviewState Regulations:
- Texas Water Code Chapter 37
- Title 30 Texas Administrative Code (TAC), Chapter 30, Subchapter B
- 30 TAC Chapter 290
A person who repairs or tests the installation or operation of backflow prevention assemblies must hold a license issued by the TCEQ. Backflow prevention assembly testers are qualified to test and repair assemblies on any domestic, commercial, industrial, or irrigation service. Backflow prevention assembly testers may test and repair assemblies on firelines only if they are permanently employed by an Approved Fireline Contractor.
Backflow Prevention Assembly Tester License Requirements
Education and Work Experience
- Education: High School diploma or General Equivalence Diploma
- Work Experience: two years of experience. Work experience must be in an approved area which includes, but not limited to:
- 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;
- Installing or servicing fire suppression sprinkler systems and lines;
- Operating or maintaining a domestic wastewater treatment facility;
- Performing health inspections that requires a registered sanitarian; or
- Performing duties approved by the executive director
Acceptable Work Experience Substitute
Applicants with a High School diploma or GED may substitute up to one year of experience with one year of college credit (32 semester hours) or 20 hours of approved training in addition to the required 40-hour backflow prevention assembly testing training course.
Training Course (BPAT approved training)
- Backflow Prevention Assembly Tester (40-hour course)
Application and Examination
Complete a TCEQ application ($111) then pass the TCEQ exam. Visit the Exam Schedule and Registration webpage for details.
The written portion of the BPAT exam will only be administered by a TCEQ regional office or a TCEQ approved Computer-Based Testing location. The practical skills portion of the exam will still be administered by the training provider.
Continuing Education and Renewal Requirements
Continuing Education Requirements
All backflow prevention assembly tester licenses require 24 hours of Continuing Education (CE) to be eligible for renewal. Of the 24 hours, 8 hours must be practical skills (hands-on) training. CE hours are given for successful completion of TCEQ approved training courses.
CE hours must be acquired prior to the expiration of the license and may be obtained any time during the validity of the license. Search the License Information webpage to view current CE hours earned.
Occupational licenses are valid for three years then must be renewed with the TCEQ. Renewal applicants must have completed the required CE requirements, submit a renewal application and criminal history attestation, and pay the renewal fee. Detailed information can be found on the renewal webpage.
BPAT Specific Requirements: 24 hours of continuing education are required to be eligible for renewal. Of the 24 hours, 8 hours must be practical skills (hands-on) training.Back to Top