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Certified Irrigation Contractor

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

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

CIC Overview

CICs install, maintain and repair irrigation systems. CICs:

  • Execute irrigation projects to meet all specifications and requirements.
  • Prepare installation sites, including layout, staking, excavation, boring, trenching, grading and back-filling.
  • Cut and join pipe, know the limitations of different piping systems, and understand basic hydraulics.
  • Lay out and install piping and water delivery components; backflow prevention components; mechanical, hydraulic and electrical irrigation controls; and other irrigation system components.
  • Troubleshoot and repair irrigation components and systems.
  • Understand good business practices; construction contracts and their legal rights and obligations; and licensing laws and codes in their state.

Becoming a CIC

To become a CIC, you must:

  1. Register for the exam. Minimum requirement: three years of irrigation-related field experience.
  2. Pass the irrigation contractor exam. The 3-1/2-hour exam includes 150 equally-weighted, multiple choice questions on irrigation design, irrigation installation, irrigation scheduling, water management and conservation, maintenance and repair, federal laws and codes, and general business management. Candidates have three and a half hours to complete the exam.
  3. Comply with the Select Certified Code of Ethics.
  4. Remain in good standing. CICs must submit 20 continuing education units per 2-year cycle.

CIC Exam Fees  

IA Member  

Nonmember  

Irrigation Contractor Exam Fee 

$250 

$495 

Exam Retake Fee 

$200 

$325 

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.