The following organizations offer education resources for
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
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