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Backflow Prevention

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CPCPWT4022 Commission and maintain backflow prevention devicesNRT

Course Overview | Outcomes and Recognition | Fees and Subsidies | Upcoming Courses

Course Overview

This is an accredited three-day course required for all plumbers' who wish to obtain a backflow endorsement with the Queensland Building and Construction Commission (QBCC). 

This unit of competency specifies the outcomes required to test, commission and maintain backflow prevention devices in water services and is offered in classroom environment with practical based learning. Specifically, it covers preparation for work, identification of testing, commissioning and maintenance requirements, physical testing and commissioning of devices, maintenance of devices and completion of work finalisation processes.

Assessments for this course are conducted in both a practical and classroom setting.


There are prerequisites for this course: 

CPCPCM2043 Carry out WHS requirements

CPCPWT3027 Install backflow prevention devices

If you have completed these units in your prior studies, you must send an academic transcript to the Training Services Team along with your enrolment form. If you haven’t completed these units, the Training Services Team will be able to provide you with options of how you can complete these units prior to attending the class for CPCPWT4022 Commission and maintain backflow prevention devices.

All participants are required to possess a copy the following Australian Standards in order to commence the course:

  • AS/NZS3500.0 2003
  • AS/NZS3500.1 2018
  • AS/NZS2845.3 2010

NOTE: The AS2845.3:2010 is still active in QLD until the form 9 is updated to require testing to be performed to AS/NZS2845.3:2020.

Unique Student Identifier

Student must also possess a valid USI.

All learners undertaking Nationally Accredited Training must possess a valid Unique Student Identifier (USI). The USI is an individual education number which allows learners to access their training records and results at any time. If learners do not possess a valid USI while undertaking accredited training they will be unable to receive a Statement of Attainment.

For more information about the USI, and to create your USI please click HERE or contact MPAQ on 07 3273 0800.

Course Delivery

This course is delivered over 24 hours (generally 3 consecutive 8-hour days) face to face in a classroom setting.

This course requires a theoretical assessment and a practical assessment be completed on site while supervised by the MPAQ trainer.

Outcomes and Recognition

Course Outcomes

On successful completion of this course learners will be able to:

  • Identify sources and gather information relevant to testing, commissioning and maintenance of backflow prevention devices
  • Apply safety and quality assurance requirements and demonstrate effective work methods relevant to testing, commissioning and maintenance of backflow prevention devices
  • Test, commission and undertake maintenance of high, medium and low hazard backflow prevention devices in water services
  • Identify and complete all relevant documentation relevant to testing, commissioning and maintenance of backflow prevention devices

Course Recognition 

On successful completion of this course learners will be issued with a Nationally Recognised Statement of Attainment.

Fees and Subsidies

Course Fees

Members: $740* (GST Free)

Associate Members: $954* (GST Free)

Non-members: $1,060* (GST Free)

* Course Subsidies may be available.

Course Subsidies

We are proud to have been selected as one of a core group of RTO’s that will be delivering Construction Skills Queensland-funded training in CSQ’s new training year (from October 1 2021). We look forward to supporting individuals and businesses to unlock new opportunities in the building and construction industry through training. 

Construction Skills Queensland is an independent, not-for-profit, industry-funded body supporting employers, workers, apprentices, trainees and career seekers in the building and construction industry. Click here to view the eligibility requirements for this funding.

Below is a list of the short course unit codes and names and the maximum funding amount available to eligible participants:

Short Course Code Short Course Title Max. Amount Funded
per Participant
CPCPWT4022  Commission and maintain backflow prevention devices $467.00

Additional Fees

Additional fees may apply for the process of reissuing your licence with the backflow endorsement. These fees and charges will be incurred from the Queensland Building and Construction Commission (QBCC) and any issues with these fees should be raised directly with them.


Date & Time Location

Tuesday 19 – Thursday 21 July 2022
8:00am - 4:30pm

Boulevard Lodge
10 Johanna Blvd, Bundaberg Qld 4670

Monday 1 - Wednesday 3 August 2022
8:00am - 4:30pm

Centrepoint Motor Inn
131 George Street, Rockhampton Qld 4700

Wednesday 10 - Friday 12 August 2022
8:00am - 4:30pm

Western Heritage Motor Inn
1-17 Mills Avenue, Moranbah Qld 4744

Monday 29 - Wednesday 31 August 2022
8:00am - 4:30pm

Mackay Resort Motel 
154 Nebo Rd, Mackay Qld 4740

Tuesday 5 – Thursday 7 July 2022
8:00am - 4:30pm

Plumbing Industry House
11/243 Bradman Street, Acacia Ridge Qld 4110

Monday 19 - Wednesday 21 September 2022
8:00am - 4:30pm

Cairns Sheridan Hotel 
295 Sheridan Street, Cairns Qld 4870

Monday 10 – Wednesday 12 October 2022
8:00am - 4:30pm

Plumbing Industry House
11/243 Bradman Street, Acacia Ridge Qld 4110

Monday 31 October - Wednesday 2 November 2022
8:00am - 4:30pm
Sunshine Coast - TBC

Monday 7 - Wednesday 9 November 2022
8:00am - 4:30pm

Mermaid Waters Hotel
Cnr Markeri & Sunshine Blvd, Mermaid Waters Qld 4218

Tuesday 22 – Thursday 24 November 2022
8:00am - 4:30pm

Plumbing Industry House
11/243 Bradman Street, Acacia Ridge Qld 4110

Monday 12 – Wednesday 14 December 2022
8:00am - 4:30pm

Plumbing Industry House
11/243 Bradman Street Acacia Ridge Qld 4110

Download and complete an enrolment form or call the MPAQ Training Services Team on 07 3273 0800!

Please send completed enrolment forms to training@mpaq.com.au.

Shop the required standards for this course:


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