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Environmental & Applied Technology

Backflow & Cross-Connection Control Associate in Science and Certificate of Achievement

Students will study the technical processes, procedures, and methods used in the production, use, and distribution of recycled and reclaimed wastewater, including backflow protection, legal, administrative and permitting issues, the treatment process, health and safety concerns, and the cross-connection control (shut down) test as performed in San Diego County. The courses consist of both classroom and demonstration sessions which cover all aspects of cross-connection control and recycled water shut down testing.

Program Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this program, students will be able to:

  • Differentiate between different backflow devices and methods.
  • Compare and contrast the effective uses of backflow devices and explain their limitations.
  • Describe the specifications, installation, and operation of typical devices used in backflow prevention and testing and explain their proper installation.
  • Perform accurate backflow prevention tests using proper test equipment.
  • Analyze backflow prevention test results using standardized test reporting forms.
  • Evaluate backflow testing device malfunctions.
  • Articulate the importance of proper backflow testing equipment selection and use.
  • Cite specific laws pertaining to cross-connection control programs.
  • Complete basic backflow testing device repairs requiring breakdown and reassembly.
  • Articulate the AWWA and ABPA testing standards.

Associate in Science Degree Requirements

CWS-101Fundamentals of Water & Wastewater3
CWS-102Calculations in Water & Wastewater3
CWS-130Water Distribution Systems3
CWS-204Applied Hydraulics3
CWS-280Backflow Tester Training2
CWS-282Cross-Connection Control Specialist3
CWS-284Cross-Connection Control Specialist- Recycled Water3
Select at least nine units from the following:9-11
Water Resources Management
Water Conservation
Electrical & Instrumentation Processes
Laboratory Analysis for Water & Wastewater
Wastewater Reclamation and Reuse
Wastewater Collection Systems
Pumps, Motors & Valves
Cooperative Work Experience
Total Units29-31

Plus General Education Requirements

Certificate of Achievement

Students who complete only the major requirements above qualify for a Certificate in Backflow & Cross-Connection Control. An official request must be filed with the Admissions and Records Office prior to the deadline as stated in the Academic Calendar.