New York State Backflow Testers Association
Frequently Asked Questions
Do I need to be a plumber to be a backflow tester?
No, Not in New York State
When will I get my certificate?
After grading all of the tests and quizzes, a report is made and sent to NYSDOH. They issue your number to us and then everything is processed. This can take up to 2 weeks or more depending upon how backed up the Health Department is. If you did not pass, you have up to one year to re-take whichever portion you did not pass. Otherwise, you must re-take the course again. This rule is not our rule, it comes from the New York State Health Department.
What Backflow Report must I use?
New York State has 3 types of reports. It all depends on where you are testing. We will teach you about all 3, and when and where to use them.
Where do I send in the reports?
It all depends on the jurisdiction; you must check with every place you work in. Sometimes the water department or the building department will collect the reports.
What kind of course do I need?
In New York State, you are required to take a class with an approved provider. Most classes are 32 hours. Our class is 40 hours because of the fact that we are associated with a national association. We teach national code and NYS code.
How long is the certificate good for?
The certificate is good for 3 years. You must re-certify before your certificate expires, or you can no longer test. Once it expires, you have up to 1 year to re-certify before you must retake the course all over again.
Where is the certificate good for?
It is good for the entire state of New York.
What kind of Testing procedures do we use?
We will teach you ASSE, but there are others that are used as well. New York allows many kinds of testing procedures.
When must I re-calibrate my gauge?
It is suggested that you must have it done every year.
Will I be allowed to test in the 5 Boroughs of Manhattan ?
Yes. The certificate is good for the entire state of New York. The 5 Boroughs has their own test forms. We will show you how to fill them out and where to file them.