40 Hour - Backflow Prevention Assembly Tester (BPAT)

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Hours:  40 (Classes 8 am – 5 pm unless otherwise noted)
Cost:  $650

TCEQ Course Code 1200 BPAT: This course provides the required 40-hour Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) approved course along with the TCEQ approved “hands-on” practical  test administered at the conclusion of the course to be considered for licensure by TCEQ as a Backflow Prevention Assembly Tester (BPAT).    

Completing this course also provides continuing education credit for the following licenses:

  • 32-hours of continuing education credits for licensed Backflow Prevention Assembly Testers

  • 12-hours of continuing education credits for licensed Water and Wastewater Operators

  • 12-hours of continuing education credits for licensed Landscape Irrigators (LI)

  • 12-hours of continuing education credits for licensed Customer Service Inspectors (CSI)

  • 12-hours of continuing education credits for licensed Water Treatment Specialist

  • 100-hours of training credit to an applicant for a Plumbing Inspectors license (through TSBPE)


Note:  TCEQ has adopted the University of Southern California (USC) 10th Edition Manual of Cross-Connection Control as the standard for backflow prevention assembly testing procedures and this manual is now required for all students attending this class.  

All students registered for this class will receive a copy of the USC 10th Edition.

NEW:  HAC is now offering free on site gauge certification to each registered student.  Additional gauges can be certified for $70 per gauge. Contact us for more information.


  • Individuals wishing to obtain a BPAT License

  • Individuals wishing to obtain continuing education credit

  • Individuals wishing to obtain a Plumbing Inspector’s License

  • Plumbers

  • Plumbing inspectors

  • Irrigators

  • Water Operators

  • Fireline Contractors

  • Customer Service Inspectors

  • Individuals wishing to obtain information regarding backflow


Effective September 1, 2017, pursuant to TCEQ Reg-521 "Criminal History Guidelines", those with a felony criminal history should contact TCEQ Licensing Division prior to registering for a training course. Specific criminal history could negatively impact the ability to receive a TCEQ issued occupational license.

There are no prerequisites for this course; however, to be considered for licensure by TCEQ as a Backflow Prevention Assembly Tester, the participant must meet the TCEQ Qualifications for initial license.

These Qualifications are:

  • Have a High School Diploma or Equivalent Certificate

  • Complete a 40-hour training course

  • Pass an examination *Written exam must be taken at a TCEQ regional office or proctored computer-based testing facility as of May 2, 2016

  • Work at least two years in an approved area

Approved Areas per TCEQ (click link for more details):

  • 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

  • Testing and repairing backflow prevention assemblies on fire suppression systems and lines

An individual may substitute one year of required experience with:

  • 1 year of College credit (32 Semester Hours)

  • 20 Hours of Approved Training in addition to the required 40-hour Training Course

ABPA Certification:  If interested in ABPA certification, please contact us for more information.  ABPA coordination needs to be scheduled in advance to ensure we have the appropriate number of proctors/monitors on site for the exam. ABPA certification also requires an additional fee.  

Upcoming Classes

01/14 - 01/18/2019

Harlingen, Texas
Course Number
: 19-1200-01


Harlingen Water Works
114 North "L" Street
Harlingen, Texas 78550

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02/04 - 02/08/2019

Midlothian, Texas
Course Number
: 19-1200-02a


City of Midlothian Water Treatment Plant
1761 Auger Road
Midlothian, Texas 76065

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02/18 - 02/22/2019

Houston, Texas
Course Number
: 19-1200-02b


Southern Water Corp.
5710 Airline Drive
Houston, Texas 77076

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03/11 - 03/15/2019

Amarillo, Texas
Course Number
: 19-1200-03a


Osage Water Treatment Plant
3701 South Osage St
Amarillo, Texas 79118

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03/25 - 03/29/2019

Carrollton, Texas
Course Number
: 19-1200-03b


HAC Training Room
2105 Luna Road,, Suite 310
Carrollton, Texas 75006

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04/08 - 04/12/2019

Temple, Texas
Course Number
: 19-1200-04a


City of Temple Service Center
3210 E Ave H, Bldg A
Temple, Texas 76501

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