Certified Irrigation Designer – Landscape
Certification gives you a competitive edge. Become a certified irrigation
- 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
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
become a CID – Landscape, you must:
- Register for the exam. Minimum requirement: three
years of irrigation-related experience or education in an irrigation-related
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.
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
- 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.
with the Select Certified Code of Ethics.
in good standing.
CIDs must submit 20 continuing education units
per two-year cycle.
CID – Landcape Exam Fees
|General Landscape/Turf Exam #1 Fee (formerly step 2)
|General Landscape/Turf Exam #2 Fee (formerly step 3)
|Landscape Specialty Exam Fee (commercial,
golf course or residential) (formerly step 4)
|Exam Retake Fee (step 2, 3 or 4)
|Annual Renewal Fee (one certification)
Renewal Fee (two or more certifications)
the Certification Candidate Handbook
for exam policies, procedures and fees outside of North America.