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Added Retest Date | October 17, 2014 11:00AM
A retest examination has been scheduled for November 14, 2014. The retest will be taking place at the USC Foundation laboratory. In addition to the Foundation offering a retest.

Click HERE for more information.

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The Foundation celebrates its 70th Anniversary!
September 25, 2014 04:00PM
September 2014 marks the Foundation's 70th anniversary. Throughout the year the Foundation will be hosting events for its members to recognize them for their continued support. With its members support the Foundation has become a leader in backflow prevention and cross-connection control. For a retrospective of the Foundation click HERE.

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2015 One Day Update Seminars Announced
September 25, 2014 04:00PM
The Foundation has announced its 2015 One Day Update Seminars schedule. New topics for 2015 include 'Advanced Field Test Procedures' and 'Assembly Repair and Lead Free Issues.' All dates are available for registration and more information about the seminars may be found HERE.
Remember all USC Foundation members receive 20% discount on training courses and seminars.

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Cross Talk Archives: Summer 2013 now available
September 25, 2014 04:00PM
The Summer 2013 issue addresses hydrants and the possibility of cross-connections. In addition, articles about the Foundation's laboratory/office open house, RP field test and the Foundation's Essentials of Cross-Connection Control, Power Point presentation are included. Download Now.

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2015 Training Course Dates Announced
August 29, 2014 12:00PM
With only a couple of training dates left for 2014 the Foundation has announced its 2015 training course scheduled. All dates are available for registration and may be found by visiting the homepage of this site. Remember all USC Foundation members receive 20% discount on training courses and seminars.

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Added a One Day Update Seminar
August 29, 2014 12:00PM
Due to the overwhelming response to the 'Recycled Water Shutdown Test' One Day Update Seminar the Foundation has added a second date. The seminar is scheduled for December 11, 2014. Click HERE for more information.

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Cross Talk Archives: Spring 2013 now available|
August 29, 2014 12:00PM

The Spring 2013 issue offers an in-depth look into the Foundation's Approval Process. In addition, articles documenting the Foundation's office move to a new location and the Foundation's new website design layout are included. Download Now.

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Added a One Day Update Seminar
June 3, 2014 1:00PM
Due to the overwhelming response to the 'Los Angeles & California Codes and Regulations' One Day Update Seminar the Foundation has added a second date. The seminar is scheduled for September 16, 2014. Click HERE for a list of scheduled seminars in 2014.

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Cross Talk Archives: Winter 2013 now available
June 3, 2014 1:00PM
The Winter 2013 issue offers an introduction to the Foundation's One Day Update Seminars. In addition, articles including a list of the Foundation's Charter Members, direction of flow test on the second check of a RP and steps to hosting a Foundation training course. Download Now.

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2014 USC List of Approved Backflow Prevention Assemblies now available for purchase
February 13, 2014 3:45PM
For the first time the Foundation has made the USC List available to purchase as a standalone product. The printed copy of the List contains all the information found on the electronic copy. The 8.5” x 11” printed copy of the USC List includes every assembly currently approved by the USC Foundation thru January 23, 2014. Click HERE to buy now.

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Added Retest Date | February 13, 2014 3:45PM
A retest examination has been scheduled for March 12, 2014. The retest will be taking place at the USC Foundation laboratory. In addition to the Foundation offering a retest, the American Backflow Prevention Association (ABPA) has scheduled a backflow tester & cross-connection control specialist exam at the same location.

If you are interested in the ABPA exam click HERE. The Foundation is not affiliated with the ABPA and therefore anyone interested in taking the ABPA exams must contact the ABPA to register.

Click HERE for more information.

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Cross Talk Archives: Autumn 2012 now available
February 13, 2014 3:45PM
The Autumn 2012 issue offers a look at detector assemblies and the allowable pressure loss across those assemblies. In addition, articles including differences among vacuum breakers, what invalidates a USC Foundation Approval and CEU's at Foundation Training Courses are also included in the issue. Download Now.

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Sign-up for 2014 Training Courses | December 20, 2013 11:00AM
Don't forget to sign-up for one of the USC Foundation's training courses coming up in 2014. January’s Tester training course next month has 2 spot left so sign up today!

January's Specialist training course has spots available.

Plus, sign-up for one of the scheduled One-Day Seminars for 2014. Click HERE for a list of scheduled seminars in 2014. Remember, all attendees receive credit for 6 contact hours or 0.6 CEU’s and lunch is provided.

If you are interested in attending any of the courses or seminars please contact the USC Foundation office or download an order form and fax/mail with payment.

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Visit the USC Foundation Booth at the
AWCA 2013 Fall Conference & Exhibition
November 7, 2013 4:30PM
Come by and visit with USC Foundation staff at the Association of American Water Agencies, Fall Conference & Exhibition taking place on December 3-6 in Los Angeles. The USC Foundation staff will be happy to answer any questions and will have plenty of material on hand regarding backflow prevention and cross-connection control. Click HERE for more information about the conference.

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Approval of Backflow Preventers Brochure | Oct 16, 2013 2:35PM
Download the Approval Program Brochure and learn about the history of the USC Foundation, how the Standards were created and the approval process. The brochure highlights the laboratory and field evaluation portions of the approval process. Click HERE to download.

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ABPA Certification Exam After Tester Course
Oct 4, 2013 3:30PM
For 2014, the American Backflow Prevention Association (ABPA) will be administrating a certification exam on the Saturday's of the USC Foundation Tester Training Courses. Course dates may be found on the USC Foundation's homepage HERE.

The USC Foundation reached out to the ABPA to schedule the exam the day after the Tester Training course to facilitate attendees in the class who may be interested in becoming ABPA certified testers. The ABPA exam will take place at the same location as the course. For information about becoming ABPA Tester Certified click HERE.

Students who are taking the Tester Training course will be more than welcome to return on Saturday and take the ABPA testers certification exam. Please note the ABPA exam is NOT part of the USC Tester Training Course and it will be administered by ABPA proctors.

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One-Day Seminar Scheduled for 2014 | Oct 4, 2013 3:30PM
The USC Foundation has set the 2014 schedule for its One-Day Seminars.  Topics for the coming year include Hydraulics of Backflow, Los Angeles & California Codes and Regulations, and Recycled Water Shutdown Test. Remember, all attendees who attend the One-Day Seminar will receive credit for 6 contact hours/ 0.6 CEU's. Please visit the One-Day Seminar page HERE for more information.

Registration for the One-Day Seminar may be found on the USC Foundation’s website or attendees may contact the USC Foundation office for more information. SIGN UP NOW

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Louisiana Course approved for State CEU's
Sept. 4, 2013 11:30 am
The USC Foundation's Specialist Training course taking place in the state of Louisiana on 23-27 of September has been approved by Louisiana for its State CEUs (Continuing Education Units). You may sign up for the course by clicking the Order Online link. If you have anymore questions feel free to contact the USC Foundation.

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Added Course Dates | Sept. 4, 2013 11:30 am
Dates for Tester and Specialist Training Courses have been added to the 2014 training calendar. All dates are noted on the USC Foundation homepage. You may register for the course via the USC Foundation website by clicking on the Order Online link.

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Added Retest Dates | Sept. 4, 2013 11:30 am
Retest examinations have been added to the 2014 calendar. Please visit the retest page for more information. Locations for the retest will be confirmed one month prior to the dates listed. All attendees are eligible to retake the exam for up to 12 months after initially taking a USC Foundation training course.

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New YouTube Video | Aug. 15, 2013 11:30 am
A short 4-minute sideshow presentation that highlights the USC Foundation's history and on-goings is now available on the USC Foundation's YouTube Channel.

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Reminder: Follow us on social media | Aug. 15, 2013 11:30 am
To get the latest information about new training course dates, seminars or retest examinations follow the USC Foundation on Twitter and Facebook. And for the latest videos available online, subscribe to the USC Foundation YouTube Channel.

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Added Retest Date | July 18, 2013 10:00 am
A retest examination has been scheduled for August 7, 2013 at the USC Foundation laboratory. All attendees are eligible to retake the exam for up to 12 months after initially taking a USC Foundation training course. Download Retest Flyer

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Added Retest Date | July 1, 2013 1:35 pm
A retest examination has been scheduled for July 19, 2013 at the USC Foundation office. All attendees are eligible to retake the exam for up to 12 months after initially taking a USC Foundation training course. Download Retest Flyer

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Added Tester Course Date | June 25, 2013 11:00 am
A Tester Training Course date has been added to the 2013 schedule. It will take place on October 7-11, 2013 in Los Angeles, CA. There are no prerequisites to attend a Tester Training Course. The week-long and all day course concludes with a written and hands-on final examination. Click HERE for more information.

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Added Retest Date | June 25, 2013 11:00 am
A retest examination has been scheduled for June 28, 2013 at the USC Foundation laboratory. All attendees are eligible to retake the exam for up to 12 months after initially taking a USC Foundation training course. DownloadRetest Flyer

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New USC List Web App | June 18, 2013 02:00 pm
Check out the new USC Foundation List Web App, designed for mobile devices.  The web app allows users to search for USC approved backflow prevention assemblies by using information such as manufacture name, type of assembly or size.  It is an ideal tool for the backflow prevention assembly tester or cross-connection control specialist who are on the go.

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New Website Design | June 18, 2013 02:00 pm
The new design for the first time introduces a 'search' feature to the site. Visitors will now be able to search the USC Foundation's website with a click of a button. Also, for the first time ever, every single archive issue of Cross Talk dating back to 1967 is available for download.

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Office Move | June 18, 2013 02:00 pm
The USC Foundation will be moving to a new location on the border of the USC campus. The new location provides the USC Foundation with larger office space, which will include a new training room. The new training room will host the USC Foundation's training courses and one-day update seminars.

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Added Seminar Date | June 18, 2013 02:00 pm
After a successful USC Foundation One Day seminar the USC foundation as scheduled the next One Day Seminar for July 22, 2013. The seminar will refresh attendees on the field test procedures. And, all attendees who attend are eligible to receive 0.6 CEU's (Continuing Education Units).
Click HERE for more information.