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Certified Irrigation Designer – Landscape

Certification gives you a competitive edge. Become a certified irrigation

designer and:

  • Add instant credibility with customers and employers.
  • Increase job opportunities.
  • Demonstrate your commitment to efficient water management.
  • Qualify for the EPA WaterSense program (commercial, golf course and residential specialties).

CID Overview

CIDs establish specifications and design drawings for landscape 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’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.

CID – Landscape Specialties

  • Commercial irrigation
  • Golf course irrigation
  • Residential irrigation

Becoming a CID – Landscape

To become a CID – Landscape, you must:

  1. Register for the exam.  Minimum requirement: three years of irrigation-related experience or education in an irrigation-related field.
  2. Pass the general landscape/turf general exam #1 (formerly step 2). The three-hour general landscape/turf exam #1 includes 150 equally weighted, multiple-choice questions on basic hydraulics, soil-water-plant relationships, irrigation scheduling, irrigation terminology, basic electricity and pumps.
  3. Pass the general landscape/turf exam #2 (formerly step 3). The three-hour general landscape/turf exam #2 includes 100 equally weighted, multiple-choice questions on irrigation equipment, hydraulics, scheduling, precipitation and application rates, spacing, soil-water-plant relationships, electrical and pumps.
  4. Pass a landscape/turf specialty irrigation exam (formerly step 4). Candidates have four hours to complete a specialty exam in commercial, golf course or residential landscape irrigation. See the Certification Candidate Handbook for details on specialty exam content. Candidates may take both the general landscape/turf exam #2 and one of the landscape/turf specialty exams on the same day.
  5. Comply with the Select Certified Code of Ethics. 
  6. Remain in good standing. CIDs must submit 20 continuing education units per two-year cycle.

CID – Landcape Exam Fees

IA Member  Nonmember 
General Landscape/Turf Exam #1 Fee (formerly step 2)  $200 $450
General Landscape/Turf Exam #2 Fee (formerly step 3)   $150 $275
Landscape Specialty Exam Fee (commercial, golf course or residential) (formerly step 4)   $150 $275
Exam Retake Fee (step 2, 3 or 4)  $150 $275
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.