Backflow Assembly Tester

Professional Growth Requirement

The Waterworks Operator Certification regulation, WAC 246-292-090(4), requires the holder of a Backflow Assembly Tester (BAT) certification to demonstrate professional growth by passing the Department of Health’s (DOH) BAT professional growth examination during each reporting period. Washington Certification Services schedules and administers the professional growth examination.

All certified BATs are assigned a professional growth reporting period based on their original certification date. DOH allows each BAT a minimum of three years to meet the professional growth requirement by passing the professional growth examination. This examination may be taken at any time during the reporting period dates, but must be passed by the reporting period deadline date.

If an applicant fails the professional growth examination they will be required to reapply, pay all applicable fees, and take the examination again. DOH highly recommends that individuals refrain from testing until such time as they have passed the professional growth examination. However, it is not required that they stop testing unless they are notified that they no longer hold an active certification.

The following timetable indicates when a certified BAT must meet the professional growth requirement.

If Your Original Certification Date Is Then You Must Meet The Professional Growth Requirement Between:
Before 1/1/2013 1/1/2016 and 12/31/2018 and in each 3-year reporting period thereafter.
Between 1/1/2013 and 12/31/2015 Your original certification date and 12/31/2018 and in each 3-year reporting period thereafter.
Between 1/1/2016 and 12/31/2018 Your original certification date and 12/31/2021 and in each 3-year reporting period thereafter.