We’re here to make your IQP backflow upskilling process simpler, faster and way less stressful.
The Trade Lab® IQP Backflow Refresher Course is recognised by Auckland Council, Build Waikato, and Whangarei District Council as meeting their mandatory ‘upskilling’ requirements when you renew your Backflow Prevention IQP status with them. The course is broken down into easy-to-understand modules of easy-to-follow video lessons.
This course is online and on demand which means you don’t have to meet someone else’s schedule, you can complete this course and gain the associated certificate required by your local authorities from the comfort of your own home, at a time that suits you.
This course is recognised and accepted by the following authorities:
Why complete a backflow prevention refresher course?
When you get your IQP backflow ticket, you’re good to go to test devices. However, many territorial authorities and councils require you to renew your knowledge on a regular basis.
Completing this course satisfies that requirement.
Why Trade Lab®?
Learn from the experts
The purpose of the IQP refresher course is to upskill you with the latest information in backflow, and run through some of the key principles of backflow prevention to bring them front of mind again. This course is curated by IQP backflow professionals, with qualifications in teaching, who have lead plumbing, drainlaying, and gasfitting departments at some of the leading polytechnics.
The team here at Trade Lab® hold some prestigious positions within the industry, and we actually practise what we preach. We use the same information you’ll be getting on this course ourselves, every day – designing buildings, specifying products, testing and auditing backflow devices, and providing advice to the PGDB.
I recently completed the certifying gasfitter online course. The course is in-depth, focusing on all the necessary parts of the exam, including the detailed process for pipe sizing, clear definitions, and explanations of things I hadn’t even come across yet. All their information is up to date and updated regularly, and they are happy to help with any questions (I had heaps) in the weeks leading up to the exam. I passed with 88 percent. Since then, I have started my own plumbing and gas company. I highly recommend this online course: it’s easily done at home and in your own time."
— Bryn Jones
What's in the IQP backflow refresher course?
We will provide you with a structured course to help you refresh your knowledge on IQP backflow, at the end you will receive a certificate that you can provide to your local authority when you renew your IQP registration. You can access it wherever you are, whenever you want, on any device.
Let’s take a look at what you will learn in each of the eight modules.
Before we kick into the theory we will take you through an overview of the course and how to use the platform.
Module 1 – Introduction to Backflow
We'll work through the changing landscape of Backflow Prevention including things that have recently changed, common mistakes IQPs are making, new products on the market, and more.
Module 2 – Backflow General
We'll look at common backflow terminology and the causes of backflow.
Module 3 – Legislative Requirements
We'll work through the legislative framework that governs backflow, identifying what an IQP's responsibilities are and where these responsibilities come from.
Module 4 – Hazards and Protection
We'll look at the different hazard types and the protection strategies that can be utilized to address those hazards.
Module 5 – Different Backflow Prevention Devices
We'll work through the different backflow prevention devices and how they work.
Module 6 – Installation of Backflow Prevention Devices
We'll work through the installation requirements for different backflow prevention devices.
Module 7 – Fire Systems
As fire systems are also life safety systems they have specific requirements that must be met both when installing them and testing them, we'll look at these requirements in this module.
Module 8 – Testing Backflow Prevention Devices
We'll work through the testing procedures for each of the different backflow prevention devices in this module.
Lastly, we will recap the course and identify your next steps.
Without the help of Trade Lab®, there is no way I would have achieved the pass marks I did in both my gas and plumbing certifying exams. The way the courses are set out makes them easy to follow and recap if needed. If there are sections you are struggling with, all it takes is an email and help will follow.
If, like me, you were hopeless at school and the thought of more study fills you with dread, then jump on board with Trade Lab® and you'll surprise yourself. I certainly did."
— Jim Simpson
Nik McIntosh - Founder
Hi there! I’m Nik McIntosh, owner and instructor here at Trade Lab®.
I am a certifying plumber and gasfitter and an associate director at Beca. I’m responsible for running the hydraulic engineering discipline across New Zealand and Australia.
I’ve been in the industry since 2005 and in the hydraulic engineering field since 2010. During this time I have also completed a Bachelor of Construction, graduating as a Senior Scholar in 2016.
I’m a firm believer that you and I, as participants in this industry, have the ability to impact its future for the better. And that collectively we can achieve this through collaboration, education, open conversation, and removing the barriers preventing people from getting the best information. I am incredibly passionate about this industry and its impact on the community around us.
Who is this refresher for?
Everyone who is needing to re-register their IQP backflow status.
Who is this refresher NOT for?
People who have not yet completed their IQP testers course.
Frequently Asked Questions
When does the course start and finish?
The course starts when you purchase it and ends on the date of the next exam (e.g., if you purchase between January and May, you have access until the June exams). It is a completely self-paced online course, and you can drop back into any subject module as many times as you want, at any time during your studies.
What if I am unhappy with the course?
We would never want you to be unhappy! If you are unsatisfied for whatever reason, reach out to us in the first 14 days and we will give you a full refund.
Can I find this information for free online?
Not really – certainly not easily! We trawled for weeks through heaps of textbooks, official publications, standards docs and legislation so you don’t have to.
What format is the content delivered in?
Mostly video, because it works best. You get video instruction and step-by-step walkthroughs of every major topic. There are some aspects that are text-based, with quizzes all the way through to make sure you’re on track.
Is my credit card secure?
Credit card security is extremely important to us. We have partnered with Stripe to handle the billing and provide a secure socket layer, 128-bit encryption. So feel comfortable knowing your transaction is 100% completely protected from bad guys.