Certification Programs for
Irrigation Professionals Questions
Why did EPA establish the specifications for certification programs for irrigation professionals?
EPA established specifications for certification programs for irrigation professionals to address efficient irrigation system components and services. Certification programs that meet the specifications and earn the WaterSense label help customers identify professional service providers who embrace and encourage the use of water-efficient practices and technologies to enhance performance and efficiency.
Why did EPA create the WaterSense Professional Certification Program Labeling System?
EPA released the program labeling system in July 2014 to consolidate the requirements of each program specification and set standard guidelines for professional certifying organizations wishing to obtain the label for a certification program.
What certification programs are eligible for the WaterSense label?
WaterSense recognizes certification programs for irrigation professionals that meet the specification criteria. The specifications address certification programs in three categories:
- Irrigation auditor: Applies to programs that certify irrigation professionals who assess the proper functioning of existing irrigation systems, perform water audits, and recommend watering schedules.
- Irrigation installation and maintenance professional: Applies to programs that certify irrigation professionals who install new irrigation systems and/or repair and maintain existing irrigation systems.
- Irrigation designer: Applies to programs that certify irrigation professionals who develop the design of new irrigation systems and/or modifications to existing irrigation systems.
How can certification programs for irrigation professionals use the label?
In order to use the label, the certifying organization must have applied for and been accepted to use the label for its certification program(s) and have signed a partnership agreement with EPA. For more information on achieving the WaterSense label, see the eligibility requirements for professional certifying organizations.
Can certified irrigation professionals use the WaterSense label?
Professionals who are certified by a WaterSense labeled certification program can use the WaterSense promotional label to promote their certification.