Cross Connection Control Program FAQ

 
Where can I take the Backflow Device Tester refresher course?

The Backflow Device Tester refresher course can be taken at the following locations:

  • Ventura County Government Center

    (Next session will be announced soon)

Courses must be related to backflow device testing to qualify.


Where can I get a list of certified backflow prevention device testers?

Download the list from this link: Certified Backflow Prevention Device Tester List


How do I make changes to the Enviromental Health Division's backflow prevention device records for a backflow prevention device?

For an existing device already in our database, make changes on the Ventura County Citizen Access portal or use: Change in Data Form
For a new or replacement device, complete this form: Backflow Testing Form


How do I obtain the Backflow Testing Form for my device?

Paper test forms are no longer accepted for annual device test reporting. Test results are now submitted through the Ventura County Citizen Access portal or the Ventura County Cross-Connect mobile phone app. by your Certified Backflow Prevention Device Tester


How do I obtain a list of Approved Backflow Prevention Devices?

The list of approved backflow prevention devices is now only available by membership with the University of Southern California Foundation for Cross-Connection Control and Hydraulic Reasearch. To check if a specific device is on the list call 805-654-2436 or e-mail:Holly Sinclair


Where do I go to attend an approved backflow prevention device tester course?

In Ventura County contact:

Ventura College Water 16 Course

In Los Angeles County contact:

University of Southern California Foundation for Cross-Connection Control and Hydraulic Reasearch Backflow Tester Training Course

Backflow Prevention:

California-Nevada Section of the American Water Works Association

Assembly Tester Course and Certified Backflow Technician course:

American Backflow Prevention Association


Once I complete and pass an approved backflow prevention device tester course how do I become a Ventura County Certified Backflow Prevention Device Tester?

Contact the Environmental Health Division Cross-Connection Control Program Specialist to schedule an appointment for a certified tester practical exam in the Cross-Connection Control Program Laboratory.

The laboratory is located in the Service Building near the North-East Corner of the County of Ventura Government Center Complex at 800 S. Victoria Avenue, Ventura CA. Enter the government center complex at the South Hill Street entrance nearest to Webster Street.

Park in the lot south of the the fuel pumps/carwash. The laboratory entrance is located on the walk-way to the loading dock.


What should I bring to the Certified Backflow Prevention Device Tester exam?

For a new certification or a re-certification bring:

  • Certification fee payment.

  • Your own equipment to completely test an R.P. Device, Pressure Vacuum Breaker and double check valve (i.e. gauge, etc.). Gauges must be calibrated annually.

  • Proof of completion and passing of an approved cross-connection course.

For a Re-certification also bring:

  • Your certified tester card with ID number.
  • Proof of attendance at a backflow device tester refresher course within the past 2 years.

How long is the Certified Backflow Prevention Device Tester Certification good for?

The certification is good for two years. A completely new certification must be obtained after two years. This requires the practical exam to be taken again and fees to be paid.

Contact:

Holly Sinclair (805)654-2436