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					Backflow Prevention: Update on Training
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Jonathan Mackey, NZWETA Manager
September 2008
CONTENT


» NZWETA who are we?
» Backflow prevention unit standards
» Who is the training for?
» Course outline
» Questions?
NZWETA WHO ARE WE?


» NZWETA is a joint venture between NZWWA and
  Opus International Consultants and has been in
  operation since 2002
» Underpinned by NZQA registered PTE Opus
  Environmental Training Centre
» Delivers a wide range of water sector related
  national qualifications and professional development
  courses – many with units standards
NZWETA WHO ARE WE?


» Significant relationships through its partners with
  NZQA, Water Industry Training (Agriculture ITO),
  Infratrain, SFRITO, NZITO and others to deliver unit
  standards on the National Qualifications Framework.
» Working closely with Plumbing, Gasfitting and
  Drainlaying ITO on accreditation to deliver backflow
  unit standards
NZWETA WHO ARE WE?


» Ongoing relationship with NZWWA Backflow
  Prevention Special Interest Group
» Receiving support from several suppliers
NZWETA WHO ARE WE?


» Alignment of training with industry needs through
  professional development courses
» Verification where necessary supported by unit
  standards
BACKFLOW PREVENTION UNIT
STANDARDS

» Three (3) current backflow unit standards around
  backflow prevent design, installation and testing
» Unit standard 2117 Install, test and maintain water
  supply backflow prevention devices
  » Prerequisite: Current plumbing certificate or licence as
    issued under the Plumbers, gasfitter and Drainlayers Act
    2006
BACKFLOW PREVENTION UNIT
STANDARDS

» Two new unit standards developed with the support
  of NZWWA Backflow Prevention SIG and Plumbing,
  Gasfitting and Drainlaying ITO. Both are Open Entry
  unit standards.
» Unit standard 23847 Prepare to test, and inspect
  and test, water supply backflow prevention devices
» Unit standard 23848 Describe suitability, installation,
  and testing of water supply devices, and fault
  identification
WHO IS THE TRAINING FOR?


» Plumbers, designers, installers, regulators, and
  testers
» Complementary technical disciplines
» Meets the requirements of:
  » Independently Qualified Persons (IQP), and
  » the Backflow Prevention Special Interest Group database
    of Approved Backflow Technicians (ABT).
COURSE OUTLINE


» 4 days total in 2 x 2-day off-job courses
» Delivered nationally in a city or town close by
» One month apart so employers can spread out the
  cost of training –loss of income and course fee –
  and trainees have time to learn
COURSE OUTLINE


» Assessed to unit standards with verification of
  capability (competency) recognised through the
  National Qualifications Framework (NQF)
» Supported by NZWWA Backflow Prevention SIG
» Moderated by Plumbing, Gasfitting and Drainlaying
  ITO
COURSE OUTLINE


» Recognised trainer - Murray Ellis
» Additional trainers in the future, in several centres,
  so courses can be organised more efficiently with:
   » Smaller group numbers, and
   » Tapping into localised needs
COURSE OUTLINE


Block 1 (2 days)
» Legislation and codes
  » Health Drinking Water Amendment Act 2007
  » Building Act 2004
  » NZWWA Code of Practice + others
» Installation requirements covering:
  » Installation and Pipe design
  » Backflow prevention devices
COURSE OUTLINE


Block 2 (2 days)
» Testing equipment
» Inspection of installations of backflow prevention
  devices
» Testing of backflow prevention devices
» Completion of certificate and report
WHERE TO FROM HERE?


» Working with Plumbing, Gasfitting and Drainlaying
  ITO to achieve accreditation (process almost
  complete)
» Learning resources and assessments have been
  developed and lesson plans being worked on.
» First courses to being planned in Dunedin and
  Tauranga in 2008
WHERE TO FROM HERE?


» Cross connection surveyor course also in
  development
  » Unit standard based meaning recognition of skills and
    verification of competence
Questions?
» Thank you for your time
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