Landscape Certifications

Certified Golf Irrigation Auditor

Certification gives you a competitive edge. Become a certified golf irrigation auditor and:

  • Add instant credibility with customers and employers.
  • Increase job opportunities.
  • Demonstrate your commitment to efficient water management.
  • Qualify for the EPA WaterSense program.

CGIA Overview

CGIAs quantify and analyze turf irrigation water use for golf courses. CGIAs:

  • Collect site data.
  • Make maintenance recommendations and perform minor repairs.
  • Perform field measurements and observations.
  • Determine irrigation uniformity and efficiency.
  • Develop a basic irrigation schedule for greens, tees and fairways.
  • Work with a golf course superintendent to manage overall irrigation water usage and decisions.

Becoming a CGIA

To become a CGIA, you must:

  1. Register for the exam. Minimum requirement: one year of irrigation-related work experience.
  2. Pass the golf irrigation auditor exam. The three-hour exam includes 125 equally weighted, multiple-choice questions on golf course irrigation procedures, soil-plant-water relationships, irrigation scheduling and equipment/technology.
  3. Submit a golf irrigation audit. Audits must be completed independently and verified by an IA-certified professional in good standing within one year of acceptance into the certification program. The following further outlines this requirement:
  4. Comply with the Select Certified Code of Ethics. 
  5. Remain in good standing. CGIAs must submit 20 continuing education units per two-year cycle.

CGIA Exam Fees

IA Member  Nonmember  
Golf Irrigation Auditor Exam Fee  $250 $495

Exam Retake Fee  

$200 $325
Audit Resubmission Fee  $75 $125
Annual Renewal Fee (one certification)  $50 $100
Annual Renewal Fee (two or more certifications)  $100 $150


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