Cross-Connection Control Certification Program
a benefit to the cross connection control community, ABPA
has introduced a voluntary certification program, the Cross-Connection
Control Specialist. The Specialist certification was developed
to test the knowledge of persons administering a Cross-Connection
Control Program. Many states and provinces in North America
today have cross-connection control programs, but very few
certification programs exists for cross-connection control
specialists. The Specialist certification examination is available
to any person who meets all ABPA rule requirements governing
The applicant must take a closed book written exam consisting
of 100 multiple choice questions based on the cross-connection
control specialist Need-To-Know criteria. A minimum score
of 70% must be achieved.
Prerequisites for taking the ABPA Certification Specialist
examination (must meet one of the following options):
Option One: Obtain traiing based on the ABPA Specialist
Need-to-Know criteria and be a currently certified ABPA Backflow
Prevention Assembly Tester.
Two: Show two (2) years experience in the administration of
a cross-connection control program and be a currently certified
ABPA Backflow Prevention Assembly Tester.
Three: Show five (5) years experience int he administration
of a cross-connection control program.
Specialist Need-to-Know Criteria was developed by the certification
committee from an analysis of the required job responsibilities
of a cross-connection control program administrator. The Need-To-Know
criteria may be found on the ABPA website.
apply for the Specialist exam:
an application from the ABPA
Submit the completed application and the application fee to
the national office at least 30 days prior to the exam day.
Exams are conducted at various times and places throughout
North America. Visit the ABPA web site for an examination
site near you.
Specialist Certification is valid for three (3) years. A recertification
is required every 3 (three) year period.
successful completion of the written examination, an applicant
An ABPA Specialist certification number.
Your name may be published on the ABPA web site.
To obtain additional information regarding the Specialist
Certification and become part of the leading organization
in cross-connection control, visit the
ABPA web site or contact the ABPA National Office, P.O.
Box 3051, Bryan, TX 77805. The office can be contacted by
e-mail as well.
Southern California County Backflow Prevention Assembly Tester Certification Requirements
The USC Foundation for Cross-Connection Control and Hyraulic Research has compiled an extensive list of Southern California Backflow Prevention Assembly Tester Certification Requirements for the various counties.