Agriculture Certifications

Certified Irrigation Designer – Agriculture

Certification gives you a competitive edge. Become a certified agriculture irrigation designer and

  • add instant credibility with customers and employers.
  • increase job opportunities.
  • demonstrate your commitment to efficient water management.
  • qualify to become an USDA Technical Service Provider (drip/micro, sprinkler and surface specialties).

CID – Agriculture Overview

CIDs establish specifications and design drawings for agriculture irrigation projects. CIDs

  • evaluate site conditions and determine water availability and use requirements.
  • select the most effective irrigation equipment, methods and materials for the application.
  • develop efficient and cost-effective irrigation designs that meet the plant or crop’s watering requirements.
  • prepare comprehensive plans and specifications that include construction details, equipment or materials, as well as appropriate irrigation schedules.
  • ensure the installation matches the design intent.
  • provide direction to end users on system use, scheduling and maintenance.

CID – Agriculture Specialties

  • drip/micro irrigation
  • sprinkler irrigation
  • surface irrigation

Becoming a CID – Agriculture

To become a CID – Agriculture you must:

  1. Register for the exam. Recommended: three years of irrigation-related experience or education in an irrigation-related field.
  2. Pass the general agriculture exam. The four-hour general agriculture exam includes 150 equally weighted, multiple-choice questions on irrigation equipment, hydraulics, system components, scheduling, precipitation and application rates, spacing, soil-water-plant relationships, efficiency/uniformity, economics and pumps. Minimum requirement: three years of irrigation-related experience/education.
  3. Pass an agriculture irrigation specialty exam. Candidates have four hours to complete a specialty exam in drip/micro, sprinkler or surface agriculture irrigation. See the Certification Candidate Handbook for details on specialty exam content.
  4. Comply with the Select Certified Code of Ethics.
  5. Remain in good standing. CIDs must submit 20 continuing education units per two-year cycle.

CID – Agriculture

Irrigation Designer – General Agriculture Exam Fee — $250 (Member), $495 (Nonmember)  
Irrigation Designer – Agriculture Specialty Exam Fee (drip/micro, sprinkler, surface) — $250 (Member), $495 (Nonmember)
Exam Retake Fee — $200 (Member), $325 (Nonmember)
Annual Renewal Fee (one certification) — $50 (Member), $100 (Nonmember)
Annual Renewal Fee (two or more certifications) — $100 (Member), $150 (Nonmember)

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