Hours:  10  (Class time 8 am – 4 pm (Day 1) and 8 am – 11 am (Day 2) to ensure 10  hours of instruction.)
Cost:  $250

TCEQ Course Code 0173: This course is primarily designed to provide the necessary training for individuals who have met the TCEQ requirements and wish to obtain a Customer Service Inspector license. The holder of the Customer Service Inspector license may perform a Customer Service Inspection, (CSI), as outlined by the rules and regulations as provided by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, (TCEQ). Other licensed individuals may also receive valuable information relating to their fields.

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Completing this course provides continuing education credit for the following licenses:

  • 10   hours continuing education credit for licensed Customer Service Inspector  (CSI)
  • 10   hours continuing education credit for licensed Backflow Prevention Assembly Tester (BPAT)
  • 10   hours continuing education credit for licensed Water Operators
  • 10   hours of continuing education credit for Registered Sanitarians (RS)
  • 10   hours of continuing education credit for Code Enforcement Officers


  • Individuals holding a BPAT license
  • Individuals holding a CSI license
  • Individuals holding a Water Operator license
  • Registered Sanitarians
  • Code Enforcement Officers –  Texas Department of State Health Services (TDSHS) - link to website for Code Officer/Sanitarian CEU information


There are certain restrictions related to criminal convictions. Consequences of having a criminal conviction may affect your ability to obtain and hold an occupational license.

If you have a criminal conviction above a Class C misdemeanor, you might not be qualified to hold a TCEQ license.

Convictions that May Trigger a Denial

The criminal convictions that are grounds to deny an application for a license (or to revoke a license) include, but are not limited to:

  • misrepresentation (e.g., fraud, extortion, bribery, theft by check, and deceptive business practices)
  • failure to register as a sex offender (as required by the Texas Code of Criminal Procedure, Chapter 62)
  • property crimes, such as theft or burglary
  • crimes against persons, such as homicide, kidnapping, and assault
  • violations of environmental law

For more information please consult TCEQ RG-521 or call: 512-239-6133.

CSI Class

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While there are no prerequisites to attend the Customer Service Inspector course, there are prerequisites for taking the Customer Service Inspector’s exam to obtain the CSI license:

RULE §30.90. Qualifications for Initial License.

(a) To obtain a license, an individual must have:

(1) met the requirements in Subchapter A of this chapter (relating to Administration of Occupational Licenses and Registrations);

(2) received a high school diploma or equivalent certificate;

(3) completed an approved customer service inspector training course;

(4) worked at least two years in an approved area which includes, but is not limited to:

(A) operation or maintenance of a public drinking water treatment or distribution system;

(B) performing activities requiring a master or journeyman plumbing license;

(C) conducting building or construction inspections; or

(D) performing duties related to this profession approved by the executive director.

(b) One year of college (32 semester hours) or an additional 20 hours of training credits may be substituted for one year of the experience requirement.


  • TCEQ Need to Know Criteria for Customer Service Inspectors
  • Customer Service Inspection Introduction
  • RG-206
  • Subchapters  A and C
  • Terminology and Definitions
  • Regulations (Federal, State, Local)
  • Customer Service Agreement
  • Customer Service Inspection Certificate
  • Backflow Prevention Assembly Test and Maintenance Report
  • Assessment of Hazard, Selection of Assemblies, Specialty Assemblies
  • Hazard Evaluation
  • Methods of  Backflow Prevention and How Each Method Prevents Backflow
  • Temperature, Pressure, Thermal Expansion
  • Water Column and Atmospheric Pressure
  • Vacuums and Siphons
  • Barometric Loop
  • Venturi and Aspirator Effects
  • Lead, Testing, and How to Reduce Exposure
  • Types of Customer Service Inspections
  • Special Considerations
  • Standard of Competency

                    Steve Fain

​​​   Cross-Connection Control Institute