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Certified Irrigation Contractor

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

  • Add instant credibility with customers.
  • Increase job opportunities.
  • Qualify to become an EPA WaterSense Partner.
  • Demonstrate your commitment to efficient water management.

CIC Overview

Certified irrigation contractors install, maintain and repair irrigation systems. CICs:

  • Execute irrigation projects to meet all specifications and requirements.
  • Prepare installation sites, including layout, staking, excavation, boring, trenching, grading and back-filling.
  • Cut and join pipe, know the limitations of different piping systems, and understand basic hydraulics.
  • Lay out and install piping and water delivery components; backflow prevention components; mechanical, hydraulic and electrical irrigation controls; and other irrigation system components.
  • Troubleshoot and repair irrigation components and systems.
  • Understand good business practices; construction contracts and their legal rights and obligations; and licensing laws and codes in their state.

Program Requirements

Certified irrigation contractors must:

  • Demonstrate a minimum of three years of irrigation-related experience and education.
  • Pass a written exam on general irrigation and specialty topics.
  • Agree to follow the Code of Ethics established by the IA Certification Board.
  • All CICs must submit 20 continuing education units per 2-year cycle to remain in good standing. For details on CEU requirements, click here.

Discover the Select Certified Difference

Questions? Contact IA at certification@irrigation.org or 703.536.7080.