R309-305-8. Backflow Assembly Tester Certification.
(1) Application for a Certificate.
(a) To obtain a Backflow Assembly Tester Certificate, a person shall:
(i) complete a certification course accepted by the Cross Connection Control Commission;
(ii) pass a written examination offered by an Accredited Agency accepted by the Cross Connection Control Commission;
(iii) successfully demonstrate competence and ability in a performance examination offered by an Accredited Agency accepted by the Cross Connection Control Commission for the testing of:
(A) a pressure vacuum breaker assembly,
(B) a spill resistant pressure vacuum breaker assembly,
(C) a double check valve assembly, and
(D) a reduced pressure principal backflow prevention assembly;
(iv) submit a complete application, including a valid certificate issued by an Accredited Agency accepted by the Cross Connection Control Commission, to the Commission Secretary; and
(v) pay the required fee.
(b) A Backflow Assembly Tester Certificate issued by the Director is valid for three years from the date of issuance.
(c) A Backflow Assembly Tester Certificate may be renewed by meeting the renewal requirements below.
(2) Certificate Renewal.
(a) A Backflow Assembly Tester Certificate may be renewed:
(i) for a period of three years; and
(ii) an unlimited number of times.
(b) To renew a certificate, a person shall:
(i) complete the written and performance examination requirements of R309-305-8(1)(a)(ii) and (iii);
(ii) submit a renewal application; and
(iii) pay the required fee.
(3) Certificate Expiration.
(a) A Backflow Assembly Tester Certificate expires if a person fails to complete the certificate renewal requirements of R309-305-8(2).
(b) A Backflow Assembly Tester with an expired certificate may not test, maintain, or repair a backflow assembly for the purpose of legally documenting the operational status of the assembly.
(4) Backflow Assembly Tester Obligations. A person with a valid Backflow Assembly Tester Certificate shall:
(a) notify the Division of Drinking Water, local health department, and the appropriate public water system of any backflow incident as soon as possible and within eight hours of discovery;
(b) notify the appropriate public water system of a failing backflow prevention assembly within five days;
(c) ensure that acceptable and approved procedures are used for testing, repairing, and maintaining a backflow prevention assembly;
(d) report backflow prevention assembly test results to the appropriate public water system within 30 days;
(e) include, on the test report form, any materials or replacement parts used to repair or to perform maintenance on a backflow prevention assembly;
(f) ensure that the quality of a replacement part is equal to or greater than the quality of the part originally supplied within the backflow prevention assembly and is supplied only by the assembly manufacturer or its agent;
(g) perform each test and be responsible for the competency and accuracy of all testing and reporting;
(h) ensure that Backflow Assembly Tester certification is current;
(i) be equipped with and competent in the use of all tools, gauges, and equipment necessary to properly test, repair, and maintain a backflow prevention assembly; and
(j) be responsible for any additional licensure.
(5) Backflow Assembly Tester Restrictions.
A person with a valid Backflow Assembly Tester Certificate may not change the design, material, or operational characteristics of the assembly during any repair or maintenance.
R309-305-9. Proctor/Trainer for Backflow Assembly Tester Qualifications.
A proctor or trainer for Backflow Assembly Tester Certification shall maintain a current proctor certificate issued by an Accredited Agency accepted by the Cross Connection Control Commission.
R309-305-10. Certification Suspension and Revocation.
(1) A certificate may be suspended or revoked for unacceptable or unprofessional conduct, including:
(a) acting in disregard for public health or safety;
(b) engaging in activities beyond the scope of certification;
(c) misinterpreting or falsifying figures or reports concerning backflow prevention assembly or test results;
(d) failing to notify proper authorities of a known backflow incident, as required by R309-305-8(4)(a);
(e) failing to notify proper authorities of a failed backflow prevention assembly within five days, as required by R309-305-8(4)(b);
(f) installing or repairing a backflow prevention assembly that is not certified; or