One Day Update Seminars

The USC Foundation has developed the One Day Seminar to offer backflow prevention assembly testers and cross-connection control program specialists an opportunity to be refreshed on current field test procedures and cross-connection control topics.  Furthermore, all attendees will be eligible for continuing education units (CEU’s).

The one-day seminar is not meant to be a replacement for the USC Foundation week long tester or specialist training courses.

Attending the one-day seminar may also help fulfill a student’s requirements for CEU’s. Many attendees who attend a USC Foundation training course follow it up by taking a certification exam from a local health/water department or from a national organization.  Many of these certification organizations require that the student complete a number of contact hours to maintain their certification year after year.  As mentioned above, attendees at the one-day seminar will be eligible for CEU's and which vary from 0.3 to 0.6 CEUs, which is equivalent to 3 to 6 contact hours.

Seminars Now Available in Webinar format

The Foundation now offers live webinars of its One Day Update Seminars. Using the service GoToWebinar the Foundation makes available its seminars to anyone with a Internet connection and a computer or mobile device.

Those attendees who wish to participate via the webinar will receive a link after registering for the course. Pricing will remain the same whether the attendee chooses to participate via the webinar or attends the class in person.

USC Foundation policy is that each person viewing the webinar must register. Only registered participants will receive CEU certificates.

For questions please contact the Foundation office.

System Requirements (For a list of complete system requirements click here):
| Connection must be DSL speeds or better
| Windows XP or Later Windows 2003 or later Mac | MAC OSX 10.7 or later iOS | iOS 7 or newer Android | Android 4.0 or higher
Windows Phone & Windows8/RT
| Windows 8 or Windows RT

Seminar Highlights


See Below for Topics
One Topic Per Seminar

Contact Hours
3 or 6

Are available and vary from
0.3 to 0.6 CEUs, which is equivalent to
3 to 6 contact hours.



Provided for all attendees of any seminar

Upcoming One Day Seminar Dates and Topics

19 January 2016

Seminar Topic: Hands-on Field Test Procedures

The hands-on seminar is ideal for those familiar with field-testing backflow preventers, but may need some review or to become familiar with changes in the Tenth Edition of the Manual of Cross-Connection Control.   Discussions will include the differences between the Ninth and Tenth Edition field test procedures and diagnosis of scenarios that may be causing a backflow preventer to fail during the field test procedure.  Attendees will have the opportunity to put into practice what they learn.  Several backflow preventers will be set up for attendees to use.  USC Foundation staff will be on hand to setup different scenarios, to guide attendees and answer any questions regarding the field test procedures found in the Tenth Edition.  Because of the hands-on portion of this seminar, it will NOT be offered as a webinar.
Because of the hands-on portion of this seminar, it will NOT be offered as a webinar.


21 January 2016

Seminar Topic: Advanced Field Test Procedures

For experienced backflow prevention assembly field testers that want to advance their skills by learning about multiple failure modes of backflow preventers. Attendees will learn how to correctly diagnose assemblies that are experiencing multiple simultaneous failures.


25 February 2016

Seminar Topic: Los Angeles & California Codes and Regulations

This seminar is designed for those involved in cross-connection control in the State of California with additional details for those working in the Los Angeles area.  Codes covering cross-connection control in the Los Angeles area will be discussed along with specific requirements in the State of California according to Title 17 and 22 of the California Code of Regulations.


21 April 2016

Seminar Topic: Grey Water Systems & Recycled Water Shutdown Test

Water conservation is an important part of any water supplier’s program.  In many areas grey water systems are being put to use.  More and more water agencies are allowing the use of grey water systems by their customers.  This seminar will discuss the cross-connection issues associated with with grey water systems.  Recycled water systems will also be discussed and the fact that dual plumbed systems (those plumbed with potable drinking water along with recycled water) must be tested periodically to ensure that there are no cross-connections between the two systems.  In addition, methods used to test the dual plumbed systems for cross-connections will also be discussed including the pressure test, shutdown test and dye test.


7 June 2016*

Seminar Topic: Different Facilities; Different Cross-Connections*

Not all facilities are alike when it comes to possible cross-connections.  Different facilities require different types of backflow protection.  This seminar will take a look at a number of different types of facilities and the types of cross-connections that may be expected at these locations.  Additionally, specific facilities are likely to contain specific types of equipment that may create or constitute cross-connections.
* 3-Hour Seminars. Attendees are eligible for 0.3 CEU's which is equivalent to 3 contact hours


9 June 2016*

Seminar Topic: How Equipment Creates Cross-Connections*

Everyday equipment like boilers and carbonators may create cross-connections to the potable water lines. So, it is crucial that the Cross-Connection Control Specialist understand which equipment may create a cross-connection.  Equipment found in hospitals, car washes, laboratories and many other facilities all have a risk of creating cross-connections. Understanding how these pieces of equipment work will help the Specialist be able to find, identity, isolate and eliminate cross-connections.
* 3-Hour Seminars. Attendees are eligible for 0.3 CEU's which is equivalent to 3 contact hours.


11 August 2016

Seminar Topic: Cross-Connection Control Surveys

Attendees will review a facility in order to determine which type of backflow protection, if any, is necessary for meter protection.  The seminar will evaluate and determine the degree of hazard, if adequate backflow protection is present and, if not, what would be necessary to adequately protect against backflow.


15 November 2016

Seminar Topic: Assembly Repair and Lead Free Issues

Attendees will learn about the general concepts of repair for backflow prevention assemblies.  Although, it is impossible to go over every repair scenario with every type of backflow preventer the concepts discussed will help in identifying and resolving many of the issues.  This seminar will also discuss the 2014 change in the EPA’s definition of lead free.  The issue of spare parts for both lead free and non-lead free assemblies will be covered.



member price:
$65.00 (6-Hour Seminar)
$35.00 (3-Hour Seminar)*
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non-member price:
$80.00 (6-Hour Seminar)
$45.00 (3-Hour Seminar)*

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