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Professional Certification Program

WaterSense labels certification programs for landscape irrigation professionals that advance water-efficient irrigation techniques and practices. An irrigation professional certified by a WaterSense labeled program can design, install, maintain, or audit your irrigation system to ensure it uses the right amount of water to maintain a healthy landscape while minimizing waste.

Learn about WaterSense labeled certification programs in the following areas:

Irrigation System Design

Irrigation professionals who earn a WaterSense labeled certification in system design know how to tailor irrigation systems to match the surrounding landscape and local climate conditions.

Certified Irrigation Designer (CID) (landscape/turf specialties only) Exit EPA Disclaimer
Offered by the Irrigation Association
Available nationwide

A certified irrigation designer is a professional that prepares irrigation designs. A CID evaluates site conditions and determines net irrigation requirements based on the needs of the project. The designer selects the most effective irrigation equipment and design methods. A CID’s objective is to establish specifications and design drawings for the construction of an irrigation project. The CID certification is available nationally.

Irrigation System Installation and Maintenance

Irrigation professionals who earn a WaterSense labeled certification in installation and maintenance know how to select the appropriate equipment, lay out the site, and ensure proper scheduling for optimal irrigation system performance.

Certified Irrigation Contractor (CIC) Exit EPA Disclaimer
Offered by the Irrigation Association
Available nationwide

A certified irrigation contractor is an irrigation professional whose principal business is the execution of contracts or subcontracts to install, repair, and/or maintain irrigation systems. A CIC must conduct business in such a manner that projects meet the specifications and requirements of the contract. The CIC certification is available nationally.

New Jersey Landscape Irrigation Contractor Exit EPA Disclaimer
Offered by the New Jersey Landscape Irrigation Contractor Examining Board
Available in New Jersey

A Landscape Irrigation Contractor is a professional that is certified by the Landscape Irrigation Examining Board to perform the construction, repair, maintenance, improvement and alteration of any portion of a landscape irrigation system. This includes required wiring within that system, connection to the required power supply, and the installation and connection to a public or private water supply system under the terms and conditions of a contract. The New Jersey Landscape Irrigation Contractor certification is available in New Jersey.

Rain Bird Factory Trained Residential Installer Exit EPA Disclaimer
Offered by Rain Bird Services Corporation
Available nationwide

Professionals with this certification have received Rain Bird’s highest level of installation knowledge and participated in hands-on activities using industry standard equipment and materials. All aspects of the installation process are covered from the initial site inspection to system fine tuning. Upon successful completion of the course, students will have installed an actual irrigation system. Rain Bird Factory Trained Residential Installer certification is available nationally.

Irrigation System Audits

Irrigation professionals who earn a WaterSense labeled certification in audits can identify systems that are distributing water unequally or inefficiently and determine how to improve performance.

Certified Golf Irrigation Auditor (CGIA) Exit EPA Disclaimer
Offered by the Irrigation Association
Nationwide

A certified golf irrigation auditor is involved in the quantification of turf irrigation water use tailored to the unique conditions found on golf courses. Auditors collect site data, make maintenance recommendations and minor repairs, and perform field measurements and observations on golf courses. Through this data gathering, a basic irrigation schedule can be developed for greens, tees, and fairways that will assist the superintendent in making irrigation decisions. The CGIA certification is available nationally.

Certified Landscape Irrigation Auditor (CLIA) Exit EPA Disclaimer
Offered by the Irrigation Association
Available nationwide

A certified landscape irrigation auditor is involved in the quantification of landscape irrigation water use. Auditors collect site data, make maintenance recommendations and minor repairs, and perform field measurements and observations. Through this data gathering, a basic irrigation schedule can be developed that will assist a site water manager or property owner manage his overall irrigation water usage. The CLIA certification is available nationally.

Certified Texas Landscape Irrigation Auditor Program Exit EPA Disclaimer
Offered by Texas A&M AgrilLife Extension Service, Irrigation Technology Program
Available in Texas

Students learn how to improve the efficiency of landscape irrigation through auditing of irrigation systems and developing irrigation schedules that conserve water while promoting quality landscapes. The course covers the eight steps of auditing including site selection for prioritizing sites based on potential water savings, field work for measuring system performance and calculating irrigation schedules, and follow-up for adjusting schedules and producing audit reports. The Certified Texas Landscape Irrigation Auditor Program is available in Texas.

Certified Water Management Program Exit EPA Disclaimer
Offered by the California Landscape Contractors Association
Available in California

Certified Water Managers utilize water audits, budgets and advanced irrigation technology to reduce landscape water usage. Open to all green industry professionals, this program is designed as a practical, profitable solution with a simple goal: to train water managers to provide customers with good to excellent landscape appearance using the right amount of water based on actual plant requirements. The Certified Water Management Program is available in California.

Qualified Water Efficient Landscaper (QWEL) Exit EPA Disclaimer
Offered by the Sonoma–Marin Saving Water Partnership
Available in California, Utah, New Mexico, Florida
Available for adoption nationwide

The Qualified Water Efficient Landscaper training presents an affordable, proactive, and localized approach to reducing landscape water demand. QWEL provides graduates with knowledge in water efficient and sustainable landscape practices, including water management and preservation of other valuable resources. The QWEL program is available for adoption and has expanded throughout California and nationwide in a campaign to improve landscape water management around the country. The following organizations adopted QWEL and offer it as a WaterSense labeled certification:

  • California School of Garden Design (Applegate, California)
  • Central Iron County Water Conservancy District (Cedar City, Utah)
  • City of Gillette, Wyoming
  • City of Santa Fe, New Mexico
  • Contra Costa Water District (Concord, California)
  • FL–Wet Inc. (Winter Springs, Florida)
  • Inland Empire Job Corps Center (San Bernardino, California)
  • Mammoth Community Water District (Mammoth Lakes, California)
  • San Joaquin Delta College (Stockton, California)
  • Santa Clara Valley Water District (San Jose, California)
  • Utah State University Extension, Iron County (Cedar City, Utah)
  • Zone 7 Water Agency (Livermore, California)

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