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Bac-Flo Unlimited offers the most comprehensive TCEQ approved backflow prevention training courses with free troubleshooting assistance after 40 & 24 hour course completion. Instructor credentials include irrigation, plumbing and water operator licenses along with university degrees and national certifications…

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Student Testimonials

“I appreciate that Troy and Fred are always ready and willing to help with problems that backflow testers face in the field”.

“Instructors presented material in a professional manner and made the learning process very easy”.

“Instructors have plenty of knowledge about cross connections & testing, very patient and humble”.

“Very thorough class, good hands on training”.

“Very foreign to me but instructors simplified subject”.

“I’m surprised by the amount of information I learned in the short amount of time. I look forward to future dealings with Bac-Flo Unlimited”.

“Good presentation, pertinent information. Never boring”.

“Awesome hands on training.”

“Great help with any questions.”

“Great Environment.”

“Step by step training”.

 

Bac-Flo Unlimited: “Don’t Settle for Less!”

*Free Gauge Certification – A free gauge certification is available to each  student currently enrolled in a Bac-Flo Unlimited continuing education course. This service is only offered at the time of the student’s course, and can be offered due to the advantage of having two instructors on site. (Gauge testing must be separate and is not part of a TCEQ approved training course).

*Free Troubleshooting Assistance – After completing the 40 hr. tester or 24 hr. renewal course, backflow prevention assembly testers can contact one of our instructors for in-field assistance in the troubleshooting and repair of backflow prevention assemblies. In most instances they can help solve your problem over the phone.

*Two Instructors – This is beneficial in the hands-on training for backflow prevention assembly testers. It enables the student the opportunity to have personal one-on-one training with an instructor.

*TCEQ Training Credits – Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) training credits are provided with all courses for Backflow Prevention Assembly Testers and for other water licenses when attending the 40 Hr. Tester or 8 Hr. Fundamental Course. CEUs are also provided by the Texas State Board of Plumbing Examiners for credit toward obtaining a Plumbing Inspector’s License.

*Optimal Hands-on Training – Our backflow assembly testing stations are individually mounted and spread out in courses with available seating for students. Assemblies consist of all four types and are interchangeable by the students themselves. This results in an optimized learning environment with a relaxed atmosphere and the opportunity for one-on-one training with an instructor. Detailed hands-on troubleshooting is part of our course.  

*ABPA National Certification – This national certification is generally recognized across the country and is beneficial to a tester planning on testing backflow prevention assemblies outside of Texas. Contact us for more information about the ABPA national tester certification.

*Learn from Experience – We train on a national level. Our instructors are continually involved with the American Backflow Prevention Association providing conference presentations and attending quarterly Board meetings. In class you’ll be taught from experience in the areas of enforcement, testing, troubleshooting, and of the repairing of backflow prevention assemblies. You’ll learn first hand the do’s and don’ts. Cross connection control and backflow prevention is our primary focus, going back to the mid-1970’s.

 

Backflow Prevention Assembly Testing Courses

BackflowOlogy™: 40 Hr. Backflow Prevention Assembly Tester Certification

The 40 hour BPAT certification class provided by Bac-Flo Unlimited is conducted over five days and includes the training, equipment, and information necessary to become licensed and qualified to test and maintain backflow prevention assemblies. This course is approved by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) and the Texas State Board of Plumbing Examiners (TSBPE). Everything is provided in class, students do not need to bring their own differential gauge test kit. At the end of the course the BPAT P-1 written practice exam book is provided to each student.

Examination process: the practical skills portion of the exam is included and given the last day of class while the written exam is offered at a TCEQ authorized exam site after course completion. This TCEQ application process (which includes a criminal background check and and application fee of $111) is to be completed after completing the 40 hour tester course. After the application is approved by the TCEQ, applicant will receive an approval letter granting permission to take the written examination. This written exam is Not given as part of the course and is administered at a TCEQ regional office or approved computer based testing site such as a local community college in applicant’s area.
The average wait time for written exam approval is 3 – 4 weeks after a complete application has been submitted.

*Click here to begin TCEQ New Backflow Tester OLEA Application (Note: this application is intended to be submitted anytime after course registration. It can be submitted before or after student completes the 40 Hr. BPAT course).

Note: TCEQ license prerequisites include at least two full years of TCEQ approved water related work experience, high school diploma or GED, and completion of a criminal background check. This information is verified through the application process described above.

REQUIRED EDUCATION AND WORK EXPERIENCE

  • Education: High School diploma or General Equivalence Diploma
  • Work Experience: two years of experience (TCEQ substitutes one year for a college degree). 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 of at least 2 yrs.;
    • Installing or servicing fire suppression sprinkler systems and lines;
    • Operating or maintaining a domestic wastewater treatment facility;
    • Performing duties approved by the executive director
  • Pursuant to House Bill 1508, which becomes effective September 1, 2017
    This notice shall serve to inform, that specific criminal history could negatively impact and affect a person’s ability to receive a TCEQ issued License.
    Participating in any Bac-Flo Unlimited affiliated training course(s) does not guarantee or in any way imply you will be eligible to test or receive a state issued BPAT license.
    For those with a felony criminal history, before you register for a Training Course, you should contact TCEQ Licensing Division at 512-239-6133 (tel:512-239-6133), and obtain information related to a review.
    A conviction for violent crimes, sex crimes, assault, theft, robbery, or any other crime which is considered hate crime or crimes against people or property, could deem you ineligible and cause you NOT be approved for a Tester’s License, as this license relates directly to interaction with the general-public.
    After reading and considering this notification, should you choose to register for training, without consulting TCEQ or exercising your rights for a review, and later discover you are not eligible, due to past criminal history, you will NOT be entitled to any payment reimbursement or monetary refund in any way associated with registration fees, training course(s), licensing fees, travel costs, criminal history report fees, or any other fee or expense that is customary for operator license.
    If you have questions, you are strongly encouraged to contact TCEQ at 512-239-6133 (tel:512-239-6133) prior to registration.

TCEQ training credits provided with this course:

  • 12 Hrs. Irrigation/Technician License
  • 12 Hrs. Customer Service Inspector
  • 12 Hrs. Water/Wastewater Operators
  • 12 Hrs. Water Treatment Specialist
  • 100 Hrs. toward obtaining a Plumbing Inspector’s License
  • Course fee: $895.00

Course Bundle: $1,788.00 (includes discounted total price for BAC-FLO-5 Backflow Test Kit as shown in store).

Course Time:
8am – 5pm

Course Location:
Bac-Flo Unlimited, 39735 Interstate 10 W, Boerne, TX 78006

 

Cancellation Policy

  • Course registrations are 100% refundable or transferable to another class if you cancel 5 days in advance. For example, if your class begins on a Monday, you must cancel ON or BEFORE the preceding Wednesday to receive a full refund.
  • Any cancellations fewer than 5 days or no-shows will be refunded 50% of the full price of the course.
  • One course transfer is allowed 5 days in advance of your registered course. 
  • If your cancellation is the result of a hardship, please contact us to discuss your options.

 

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24 Hr. BPAT Renewal Class

24 hour BPAT class is held Tuesday through Thursday and provides all the necessary credit to renew a BPAT license. The first day is Fundamentals of Backflow Prevention, second day Practical Skills (Hands On), and third day Advanced Troubleshooting/Repair. A USC 10th edition manual and free gauge certification at time of course, are provided. Students may bring their own USC 10th edition manual and be compensated with store merchandise. This course provides the required 24 hours for BPAT license renewal and 8 hours credit for Irrigation, CSI, Water/wastewater, and Water Treatment Specialist. NICET credit also available.

 

 

Cancellation Policy

  • Course registrations are 100% refundable or transferable to another class if you cancel 5 days in advance. For example, if your class begins on a Monday, you must cancel BEFORE the preceding Wednesday to receive a full refund.
  • Any cancellations fewer than 5 days or no-shows will be refunded 50% of the full price of the course.
  • One course transfer is allowed 5 days in advance of your registered course. 
  • If your cancellation is the result of a hardship, please contact us to discuss your options.
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8 Hr. BPAT Hands On (Practical Skills):
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This 8 hour BPAT Practical Skills (Hands On) course provides the technical training required by TCEQ once every three years and satisfies the practical skills (hands on) requirement. Students practice the state required test procedure along with obtaining the latest updates in the backflow industry. Provides 8 hours for the BPAT license and satisfies the hands on, practical skills requirement.

Included is one free gauge certification the day of class for students needing their differential pressure gauge certified. (Per TCEQ rules, this service being provided the day of the course is only allowed due to the advantage of having two instructors on site). 

 

 

Cancellation Policy

  • Course registrations are 100% refundable or transferable to another class if you cancel 5 days in advance. For example, if your class begins on a Monday, you must cancel BEFORE the preceding Wednesday to receive a full refund.
  • Any cancellations fewer than 5 days or no-shows will be refunded 50% of the full price of the course.
  • One course transfer is allowed 5 days in advance of your registered course. 
  • If your cancellation is the result of a hardship, please contact us to discuss your options.
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16 Hr. BPAT Hands On & Advanced Troubleshooting/Repair:
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This two day BPAT course satisfies the Hands On (Practical Skills) TCEQ training  requirement and includes advanced troubleshooting and repair the second day. A free gauge certification is available the day of the course. Provides 16 hours for a BPAT license and satisfies the hands on, practical skills requirement.

 

 

 

Cancellation Policy

  • Course registrations are 100% refundable or transferable to another class if you cancel 5 days in advance. For example, if your class begins on a Monday, you must cancel BEFORE the preceding Wednesday to receive a full refund.
  • Any cancellations fewer than 5 days or no-shows will be refunded 50% of the full price of the course.
  • One course transfer is allowed 5 days in advance of your registered course. 
  • If your cancellation is the result of a hardship, please contact us to discuss your options.
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8 Hr. Fundamentals of Backflow Prevention:
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This course is available to anyone, not just Backflow Prevention Assembly Testers. It is beneficial to anyone wanting to learn about backflow prevention and cross connection control and those needing credit on a TCEQ water license. Topics discussed include TCEQ compliance factors, approved backflow prevention methods, hazardous testing conditions, local requirements, national terminology, backflow incidents, updates in the industry and more.                                    
Provides 8 hours for BPAT, Irrigation, CSI, Water/Wastewater and Water Treatment Specialist licenses. NICET credit also available.

 

Cancellation Policy

  • Course registrations are 100% refundable or transferable to another class if you cancel 5 days in advance. For example, if your class begins on a Monday, you must cancel BEFORE the preceding Wednesday to receive a full refund.
  • Any cancellations fewer than 5 days or no-shows will be refunded 50% of the full price of the course.
  • One course transfer is allowed 5 days in advance of your registered course. 
  • If your cancellation is the result of a hardship, please contact us to discuss your options.
Reserve A Seat