Course Instructors

Troy Baird

Troy Baird is a licensed irrigator and licensed master plumber holding a water supply protection specialist endorsement. He is certified by the American Backflow Prevention Association as a backflow prevention assembly tester and proctor, and is recognized by the University of Southern California as a cross connection control specialist. Troy received his bachelors degree in management from Texas State University and is recognized on a national level as a Certified Public Manager. He has been a TCEQ approved cross connection control instructor for approximately 18 years with experience in testing, troubleshooting and repairing all sizes of backflow prevention assemblies. He has conducted numerous cross connection control surveys with shut down and dye testing for separation assurance along with being directly involved with lead solder sampling and abatement processes. Troy is currently Region IV Director of the American Backflow Prevention Association.

Fred Baird

Fred Baird, lead instructor and chief technical consultant, has been in the backflow prevention industry for over 35 years. He developed and enforced San Antonio Water System’s Backflow Prevention Program and has investigated hundreds of cross connections and backflow incidents. Some of the events and committees Fred has been involved with include the following: American Water Works Association’s Cross Connection Control Manual Revision Committee, APBA Training and Education Committee, TCEQ Cross Connection Control Work Group, and past Director ABPA Region IV. Fred has conducted backflow prevention training courses for more than 35 years.

Bruce Rathburn

Bruce Rathburn has been associated with the construction and the backflow prevention industry for approximately 35 years. He retired from enforcing San Antonio’s Cross Connection Control Program where he was responsible for the protection of the potable water supply along with recycle water separation requirements. Bruce has served as president of the San Antonio ABPA Chapter and sits on the Board of Directors. He maintains a TCEQ Water Utility License and ABPA Proctor License. Bruce is a member of the TCEQ Cross Connection Control Work Group and is the current outgoing President of the American Backflow Prevention Association.