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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 



Exam Retake Fee 



Annual Renewal Fee (one certification) 



Annual Renewal Fee (two or more certifications) 




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