The following organizations offer education resources for irrigation professionals.
Cal Poly Irrigation Training & Research Center
Cal Poly’s well-respected Irrigation Training & Research Center has partnered with the Irrigation Association to offer new online training in landscape sprinkler system design and auditing. A total of nine modules are available.
Each ITRC class includes videos, reading, interactive assignments and online quizzes. Registration is available through the Irrigation Association. For more information, visit ITRC
Qualified Water Efficient Landscaper
Qualified Water Efficient Landscaper provides approximately 20 hours of education focused on water-use efficiency. Classes address irrigation system and landscape design, including proper plant selection for the local climate.
QWEL is recognized by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s WaterSense program and is offered by water agencies, schools and colleges throughout the United States. Visit www.qwel.net
to find a local program or offer QWEL training in your community.
Other Educational Options
Irrigation equipment manufacturers and distributors offer classroom training and online tutorials on installing their products. Contact your supplier or visit its website to identify training opportunities.
Many universities, community colleges and state extension agencies offer classes on landscape design and water management. Check with schools and government resources in your community to discover what options are available locally.