The RPZ Approved Valve Tester Scheme has been specifically designed to cover testing and commissioning work carried out on Type BA Backflow Devices (RPZ Valve). RPZ testers are recognised for their competency in undertaking a limited scope of work which complies with the Water Supply (Water Fittings) Regulations 1999 (England and Wales), The Water Supply (Water Fittings) (Scotland) Byelaws 2014 and The Water Supply (Water Fittings) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2009. There are no formal plumbing qualifications to gain approval status other than to sit the industry-recognised, RPZ tester assessment.
Any person testing/commissioning Type BA Backflow Devices (RPZ Valve) should be fully aware of the industry recognised Water Undertakers’ Approved Installation Method (AIM) that can be found here.
Although the scheme is not an approved contractor scheme and not approved by WaterSafe - it is, however, recognised by the water authorities in the UK.
To become an RPZ tester the individual needs to:
The business requires to hold appropriate insurances and Public Liability Insurance of at least £2m and appropriate Employers' Liability Insurance, where necessary.