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Certified Irrigation Designer

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

  • Add instant credibility with customers.
  • Increase job opportunities.
  • Qualify to become an EPA WaterSense partner or USDA Technical Service Provider.
  • Demonstrate your commitment to efficient water management.


CID Overview

Certified irrigation designers establish specifications and design drawings for 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 the end user on system use, scheduling and maintenance.


Available Specialties

IA certifies irrigation designers in six specialties:


Landscape/Turf  Agriculture 
Commercial Irrigation Drip/Micro Irrigation
Golf Course Irrigation Sprinkler Irrigation
Residential Irrigation  Surface Irrigation


CIDs with a specialty in commercial, golf course or residential landscape/turf irrigation are eligible to become EPA WaterSense Partners. CIDs with a specialty in sprinkler, surface or drip-micro agriculture irrigation qualify as USDA Technical Service Providers.


Program Requirements

Certified irrigation designers must:

  • Demonstrate a minimum of three years of irrigation-related experience and education.
  • Pass a series of three written exams on general irrigation and specialty topics.
  • Agree to follow the Code of Ethics established by the IA Certification Board.
  • All CIDs must submit 20 continuing education units per 2-year cycle to remain in good standing. For details on CEU requirements, click here.

Discover the Select Certified Difference

Questions? Contact IA at or 703.536.7080.