24 Hr. BPAT Renewal: 24 hrs. toward the BPAT license and 8 hours to Irrigation, CSI, Water/wastewater, Water Treatment Specialist

8 Hr. BPAT Hands On: 8 hours toward the BPAT license while satisfying the hands on, practical skills requirement

8 Hr. Fundamentals of Backflow Prevention: 8 hours toward the BPAT license, Irrigation, CSI, Water/Wastewater, Water Treatment Specialist

16 Hr. BPAT Fundamental / Hands On: 16 hours toward the BPAT license and 8 hours to Irrigation, CSI, Water/Wastewater, Water Treatment Specialist

16 Hr. BPAT Hands On and Repair: 16 hours to BPAT and satifies the hands on, practical skills requirement

40 Hr. Backflow Tester Certification: initial tester certification course provides 12 hours toward Irrigation, CSI, Water/Wastewater, Water Treatment Specialist, additionally 100 hours can be earned toward obtaining a plumbing inspector's license


Backflow Prevention Assembly Tester (BPAT) License Renewal

A total of 24 approved CEU hours is required in the 3-year license period to renew a BPAT license in Texas. The hours can be earned all at one time or divided up over the three year license period. For the importance of maintaining a tester's skill level it is required that at least 8 of the 24 hours be practical skills, hands on training. It is required at all 24 hours be earned on or before the license expiration date with the renewal fee being paid no later than 30 days after the license expiration date. Any guideline not being adhered to will result in license expiration with the licensee having to re-apply and re-exam.                  check your TCEQ license

*Check TCEQ license hours above. It's the licensee's responsiblitly to ensure hours earned from a specific course apply to his or her specific license.


40 hour Backflow Prevention Assembly Tester (BPAT) Course:

The TCEQ (Texas Commission on Environmental Quality) prerequisites for becoming a licensed backflow tester in Texas include a minimum of two years of TCEQ approved water related work experience, a high school diploma or GED, and successful completion of a criminal background check. This information is collected in an application process which includes an application fee of $111 payable to TCEQ after the student successfully completes the 40 hr. backflow tester course. After this application process is completed and the applicant receives an approval letter back from the TCEQ saying the applicant is approved to take the BPAT written exam at a TCEQ approved site or local college in his or her area, list will be attached. The BPAT license will be issued after applicant successfully passes the written examination.  

Approved areas of work include:

  • 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 duties approved by the executive director

For questions on whether specific work experience being recognized or not, contact the TCEQ at or call (512) 239-1000.