Landscape Certifications

Certified Golf Irrigation Auditor

Certification gives you a competitive edge. Become a certified golf irrigation auditor and:

  • Add instant credibility with customers and employers.
  • Increase job opportunities.
  • Demonstrate your commitment to efficient water management.
  • Qualify for the EPA WaterSense program.

CGIA Overview

CGIAs quantify and analyze turf irrigation water use for golf courses. CGIAs:

  • Collect site data.
  • Make maintenance recommendations and perform minor repairs.
  • Perform field measurements and observations.
  • Determine irrigation uniformity and efficiency.
  • Develop a basic irrigation schedule for greens, tees and fairways.
  • Work with a golf course superintendent to manage overall irrigation water usage and decisions.

Becoming a CGIA

To become a CGIA, you must:

  1. Register for the exam. Minimum requirement: one year of irrigation-related work experience.
  2. Pass the golf irrigation auditor exam. The 3-hour exam includes 125 equally-weighted, multiple choice questions on golf course irrigation procedures, soil-plant-water relationships, irrigation scheduling and equipment/technology.
  3. Submit a golf irrigation audit. Audits must be completed independently and verified by an IA-certified professional in good standing within one year of acceptance into the certification program.  
  4. Comply with the Select Certified Code of Ethics. 
  5. Remain in good standing. CGIAs must submit 20 continuing education units per 2-year cycle.

CGIA Exam Fees

IA Member  Nonmember  
Golf Irrigation Auditor Exam Fee  $250 $495

Exam Retake Fee  

$200 $325
Audit Resubmission Fee  $75 $125
Annual Renewal Fee (one certification)  $50 $100
Annual Renewal Fee (two or more certifications)  $100 $150


See the Certification Candidate Handbook for exam policies, procedures and fees outside of North America.