Protecting Michigan’s Water Supply Starts with Us

Join our comprehensive backflow certification program led by industry experts with over 65 years of combined experience. Get certified to test and repair assemblies, prevent backflow incidents, and protect Michigan’s water supply.

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Get the training you need to protect Michigan’s water supply.

Clean drinking water is something that can’t be taken for granted. That’s why at the Michigan Backflow Institute, we’re all about training the hardworking individuals who test and repair the assemblies to protect it.

When Michigan changed the law regarding backflow regulations, we saw an opportunity to fill a pressing need. With over 65 years of experience in the field, our instructors and proctors are the best in the business, heavily involved in the industry on a daily basis.

We offer 40-hour certification classes, recertification, and repair classes – everything you need to earn and keep your ASSE certification. This will not only make you more viable in the workforce, but also help you keep up with the current requirements in the industry.

We’re Michigan’s most comprehensive backflow school and are here to help you succeed. So, whether you’re just starting out or looking to upskill, let us help you become a backflow testing and repair expert.

Ready to meet the experts who will guide you through the backflow certification program? We take pride in having a team of instructors and proctors who are heavily involved in the industry on a daily basis.

Let us tell you more about the people who make our program great.


Meet Jeff Vlisides, the man behind the Michigan Backflow Institute. With over three decades of experience in the backflow industry, Jeff is our go-to expert and resident comedian.

Jeff first became ASSE Certified in 1989 and gained his Master Plumber license in 2002. Since then, he has become nationally recognized as an industry expert, and has taught courses for ABPA at both the local and national level. He is President of the Michigan Chapter of the American Backflow Prevention Association (MBPA) and Director of ABPA National Region 11.

As the Owner and Lead Instructor of Michigan Backflow Institute, Jeff brings a wealth of technical and practical expertise to our classroom. He has a knack for making complex theories and regulations sound downright entertaining (well, almost).

Jeff’s teaching style is realistic, honest, and always relevant, ensuring that you’re fully prepared for all aspects of your certification responsibilities.

When Jeff isn’t busy cracking jokes or helping students become backflow experts, you might find him camping, woodworking, or playing golf (though not all at once). So, if you’re ready to get certified and have a few laughs along the way, come learn from the one and only Jeff Vlisides.


Matt is a skilled and dedicated assistant instructor and proctor at the Michigan Backflow Institute. With over three years of experience as a Proctor and a Master Plumber License certification, Matt is committed to teaching the next generation of tradespeople.

Matt’s approach to teaching is simple: he believes that understanding the “why” of backflow testing is just as important as knowing the “how.” He takes pride in breaking down the somewhat complex procedure and presenting it in a more accessible and relatable way for his students.

Outside of work, Matt enjoys exploring the great outdoors, whether it’s camping, hiking, or reading a good book under the shade of a tree. He is also passionate about encouraging more young men and women to pursue a career in the trades, recognizing that it’s essential to keep our projects and infrastructure safe and affordable.

With his expertise and passion for teaching, Matt is an essential part of the Michigan Backflow Institute team. He looks forward to training many more capable tradespeople in the future and positively impacting the industry.


Michigan Backflow Institute is proud to have Deno as a Proctor and ASSE 5110 Certified Master Plumber. Deno joined our team in 2018, driven by a desire to ensure that professionals in the field perform their duties correctly and protect our water systems.

As the owner of his own plumbing business, he brings real-world insights and practical knowledge to the courses he proctors at the Michigan Backflow Institute. His ongoing involvement in the industry ensures that students receive up-to-date and pertinent information, empowering them to excel in their certification responsibilities and fostering excellence in the field.

At the institute, Deno’s primary role revolves around hands-on proctoring, guiding students through practical exercises and assessments to ensure they are fully prepared for real-world situations. Deno’s favorite part of his role is the opportunity to interact with diverse people, sharing his knowledge and passion for the industry.

Outside of work, Deno’s hobbies and interests include being an official for NCAA Women’s Softball. Deno’s approach to his role at the institute is centered around protecting our water systems and ensuring that students are well-equipped to contribute to this crucial mission.


Our mission is to train the next generation of tradespeople to protect the water supply and prevent backflow incidents while emphasizing the importance of ethical standards and personal responsibility. We believe that by training the next generation of tradespeople, we can help create a brighter and more sustainable future for Michigan.