Certification Requirements


Individuals who desire to become a Certified Backflow Prevention Device Tester by the Blue Grass Cross Connection Prevention Association (BGCCPA) are required to successfully complete an approved forty (40) hour certification class of classroom and practical training. View a list of our Certified Backflow Instructors. Certification will not be granted for classes not approved by the Association. Backflow Prevention Device Testers who are certified by other agencies (other states, districts etc.) may be granted certification by the Association through reciprocity. Reciprocity shall be reviewed on a case –by- case basis. Contact the Association for reciprocity requirements. Click here for this year’s certification classes approved by the Association.


The Bluegrass Cross Connection Association requires payment of annual fees, and a total of 6 hours of annual continuing education to maintain certification as a tester. The Association offers a total of 14 hours of continuing education throughout the year. Included are four evening classes offering two credit hours each. The Association also offers an all-day conference that offers six credit hours. Continuing education hours must be earned within the calendar year.

Registration for all classes is required. Registration is due by the date listed on the training notice. The Association must have an accurate count for the venue to prepare the meal.

The Bluegrass Cross Connection Prevention Association will no longer submit training hours for other required licenses, such as required by DOW.

Walk-ins will no longer be accepted.


Individuals who desire to become an approved instructor for backflow prevention device testing must have their resume/biography, training curriculum, and agenda approved by BGCCPA’s Education Committee.


The Blue Grass Cross Connection Prevention Association is the ONLY certifying organization recognized by Kentucky American Water Company and its associated companies, and is recognized and approved throughout Kentucky. BGCCPA’s certification may be recognized and approved by various surrounding states. Contact these respective states for any additional requirements.