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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 Step 2 irrigation industry exam. The 3-hour irrigation industry exam 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 Step 3 general landscape/turf exam. The 3-hour general landscape/turf exam 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 Step 4 landscape/turf specialty irrigation exam. Candidates have 4 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 Step 3 General Landscape Exam and one of the Step 4 Landscape 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 2-year cycle.

CID-Landcape Exams Fees

IA Member  Nonmember 
Irrigation Designer Industry Exam Fee (Step 2)  $200 $450
Irrigation Designer   Landscape General Exam Fee (Step 3)   $150 $275
Irrigation Designer   Landscape Specialty Exam Fee (commercial, golf course or residential) (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.