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Certified Irrigation Technician

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

  • Add instant credibility with employers. 
  • Increase your job opportunities. 
  • Demonstrate your commitment to efficient water management. 

CIT Overview 

CITs are field technicians who install, maintain and repair irrigation systems. CITs: 

  • 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. 

Becoming a CIT

To become a CIT, you must:  

  • Register for the exam. Minimum requirement: six months or 1,000 hours of irrigation-related field experience. 
  • Pass the irrigation technician exam. The 3-hour exam includes 100 equally-weighted, multiple choice questions on basic irrigation principles, basic electrical principles and basic hydraulics. 
  • Comply with the Select Certified Code of Ethics. 
  • Remain in good standing. CITs must submit 20 continuing education units per 2-year cycle. 

CIT Exam Fees

IA Member  Nonmember 

Irrigation Technician Exam Fee 

$175 

$300 

Exam Retake Fee 

$175 

$300  

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.