Certification Requirements


Individuals who desire to become a Certified Backflow Prevention Device Tester by the Bluegrass Cross Connection Prevention Association (BGCCPA) are required to successfully complete an approved forty (40) hour certification class of classroom and practical training. Click here to 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 will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis. Contact the Association for reciprocity requirements. Click here for certification classes approved by the Association.


The Bluegrass Cross Connection Prevention Association requires payment of annual fees, and a total of six (6) hours of approved continuing education within their certification period to maintain certification as a BGCCPA Backflow Prevention Device Tester. The Association offers an annual certification training conference.  Each training conference offers up-to-date training for backflow device cross-connection prevention, and will provide the member with the required six (6) hours of continuing education within their certification period.  Registration for all training is required, and must be received by the date listed on the training notice. Walk-ins cannot be accepted. Any training not provided by the Association must be approved in advance.


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 Bluegrass Cross Connection Prevention Association (BGCCPA) is a certifying organization recognized by Kentucky American Water Company and its associated companies, as well as other municipal water utilities, and also is generally recognized and approved throughout the Commonwealth of Kentucky. BGCCPA’s certification may be recognized and approved by various surrounding states. Contact these respective states for any additional requirements. ** It is the responsibility of each BGCCPA Certified Tester to confirm testing requirements by the local water purveyors.