Beginning 1/01/2017 all NEWWA Certified Backflow Prevention Device Inspector/Testers are required to renew their certification by completing a 6-hour (0.6 CEU) course(s) in the areas of backflow prevention device testing or cross-connection control as approved by the board and passing a NEWWA performance recertification examination.
Yes, NEWWA offers 3 specific courses that meet the 0.6 CEU requirement:
• Backflow Prevention Device Inspector/Tester Recertification Review Training
• Advanced Testing and Diagnostic Procedures for Backflow Prevention Devices
• The Fundamentals of Cross Connection Control
A performance recertification examination is a practical hands-on examination that a certified individual must take and pass to demonstrate competency of testing a backflow preventer.
The 50-test renewal requirement ended on 12/31/2016.
This requirement applies to all those whose certification expiration date is after 01/01/2017.
NOTE: This requirement would also be applied to individuals who wish to renew a certification that expired no more than 6 months before 01/01/2017.
Upcoming courses are listed on NEWWA’s “Upcoming Courses” page.
Performance exams are typically given the following day of the 6-hour course (Backflow Prevention Device Tester Recertification REVIEW Training and Advanced Testing and Diagnostic Procedures Course). Monthly recertification courses including performance exams will be given at the NEWWA main office in Holliston, MA, as well as at satellite training locations.
Fees: $235 Training Only, $435 Training with Practical Exam, $200 Practical Exam Only
NOTE: The $100 recertification application fee is included in the above options with the exam.
The $100 application fee is now included in the $200 practical exam fee.
Instructions on how to register for a course or exam can be found on the “Upcoming Courses” page.
Once on the "Upcoming Courses" page, click the Backflow Prevention Device Tester Recertification REVIEW Training Course, or Advanced Testing and Diagnostic Procedures Course by date and location, and then click to choose “Practical Exam Only.”
If you pass or fail the exam, the proctor will notify you on site.
Yes, you must register for another exam date and pay an exam fee of $100. There will be no additional application charge.
If you do not pass the practical hands-on exam for recertification, your certification is temporarily suspended until you retake and pass the practical hands-on exam again.
There is no extension of certification if the certification is not renewed before the individual’s expiration date.
Questions about future training/performance examinations can be directed to NEWWA at 508-893-7979.
CT Backflow Prevention and Cross Connection Control Web site
CT Backflow Prevention Tester/Cross Connection Surveyor Application
MassDEP Web site
MA Backflow Application and Instructions
MA Backflow Application (Word)
MassDEP Cross Connection Regulations
New Jersey Safe Drinking Water Act (N.J.A.C. 7:10)
NJDEP-Division of Water Supply & Geoscience
NEWWA/NYDOH Backflow Certification Requirements
NYDOH Cross Connection Control Web site
NYDOH Initial Training Approval Letter
NYDOH Review Training Approval Letter
PA State Safe Drinking Water Code
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