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Georgia Backflow Prevention Assembly Tester Certification Program
  1. Where can I take the 32 hour prerequisite training course?

    See list of Training Providers at GAWP.org

  2. Where can I take the six (6) hour re-certification/renewal course?

    See list of Training Providers at GAWP.org

  3. How do I renew my certification?

    See the Renewal page at GAWP.org

  4. How do I renew my certification if my expiration date has passed?

    See the Renewal page at GAWP.org

  5. How do I request an additional copy of my current certification?

  Complete the Backflow Certification Reprint Request Form at GAWP.org. Cost is $25.00. 

    6. What other BPAT certifications are accepted in Georgia?

 See our Reciprocity/Endorsement page on GAWP.org

    7. How can I have my name added to GAWP’s Certified Testers list?

 If you are certified through GAWP, your name is automatically added to the list. If you hold a Backflow certification from another state please see our Reciprocity/Endorsement page. If you hold a National certification please see the organizations we  recognize on the above-mentioned Reciprocity/Endorsement page. If your current certification meets the requirements you can  fill out the Request Form at GAWP.org.

    8. Cross Connection Control (Backflow Prevention) Reference Materials

  • Manual of Cross-Connection Control (10th Edition), Foundation for Cross-Connection Control and Hydraulic Research, University of Southern California;
  • Recommended Practice for Backflow Prevention and Cross-Connection Control, AWWA Manual M14, American Water Works Association; and
  • Cross-Connection Control Manual, Environmental Protection Agency EPA816-R-03-002, available through the Water Resource Center (WRC)

    9. How do I find out what will be on the Backflow Exam?

The written exam has a 3 hour time limit and consists of 100 multiple choice questions. You are required to have a score of at least 70% in order to pass the exam. You may find the Need-To-Know criteria a  http://abccert.org/pdf_docs/abc2004bpatntk.pdf helpful. Also, you can obtain more information specific to the written exam at ABC’s Testing services website: http://abccert.org/testing_services/default.asp.

   10. Why do I have to obtain a Backflow Tester Certification?

The Georgia Environmental Protection Division has been tasked by the State of Georgia to establish rules and regulations to maintain the quality of the State’s Water Resources, per O.C.G.A. § 12-5-174. To accomplish the task of Cross Connection Control and Backflow Prevention, the EPD has written rules to create minimum standards for water systems. The specific rules pertaining to this subject are the rules for safe drinking water. The rule specific to Cross Connections is 391-3-5-.13; paragraph (7) Certified Backflow Testing is the rule requiring certification for testing.

(7) Certified Backflow Testing. After October 1, 2004, all required field testing shall be performed by persons who are certified in the testing of backflow prevention assemblies by the Georgia Statewide Backflow Prevention Assembly Certification Program, as approved by the Division, the American Backflow Prevention Association (ABPA), the American Society of Sanitary Engineers (ASSE) or the University Of Florida TREEO Center.

   11. Where and when is the exam given?

See the Exam Registration Page on GAWP.org



Still have questions? Please call or email  backflow@gawp.org770-618-8690