Certification Policies and Procedures

Certification Candidate Handbook


Certified irrigation professionals are committed to managing water efficiently, keeping current with the latest techniques and technology, and committed to investing in themselves by upgrading their knowledge and skills. 


Certification is more than just initials after your name. It takes experience and knowledge, time and money. But the rewards — personal and professional — are substantial. 


Find out how you can become a certified irrigation professional. Simply download the complete certification candidate handbook to learn more about program requirements, how to register for a certification exam, prepare to ace the test or find out more about the Select Certified program. 


Code of Ethics 

All certified irrigation professionals must agree to follow the Code of Ethics established by the IA Certification Board.  


Certified irrigation professionals subscribe to: 

  • Uphold the integrity of the irrigation industry. 
  • Protect public health and safety. 
  • Comply with all local, state, national laws and regulations. 
  • Adhere to the concepts of free enterprise. 
  • Follow fair and honest business practices including legitimate representation of my personal capabilities, experience, certifications and licenses. 
  • Apply ethical business practices to all contractual and warranty obligations. 
  • Use responsible procedures in the design, installation, maintenance and management of irrigation systems. 
  • Promote best management practices for water, soil and energy through efficient and cost-effective irrigation system design, installation, maintenance and management. 
  • Work to gain respect and recognition for the irrigation industry at the local, regional, national and international level. 

Download the Code of Ethics. 


Disciplinary Action Policy

The IACB Disciplinary Committee is responsible for implementing the policies and procedures as established by the Certification Board.   


Grounds for disciplinary action shall include but are not limited to the following:  

  • Evidence of falsification of information provided on documents submitted to the IA or its agents. 
  • Cheating on certification exams or audits. 
  • Evidence of non-compliance with the Code of Ethics. 
  • Evidence of improper use of the IA certification status, logos and/or acronyms.  

IACB has established policies and procedures to fairly and consistently address alleged violations and complaints. Disciplinary procedures are designed to ensure that valid and actionable complaints are investigated and considered, and that all parties involved in the complaint have an opportunity to both document circumstances warranting the complaint as well as the chance to respond to the complaint. 


In order to file a complaint against an IA-certified professional, please complete the complaint form  and submit to the IA certification director.