Landscape Certifications

Certified Landscape Irrigation Auditor – Drip

Certification gives you a competitive edge. Become a certified landscape irrigation auditor with a drip specialty and: 

  • Add instant credibility with customers and employers. 
  • Increase job opportunities. 
  • Demonstrate your commitment to efficient water management. 

CLIA – Drip Overview

CLIAs with a drip specialization quantify and analyze landscape water use by drip or low-volume irrigation systems. CLIAs: 

  • Collect site data. 
  • Make maintenance recommendations and perform minor repairs. 
  • Perform field measurements and observations. 
  • Determine irrigation uniformity and efficiency. 
  • Develop a basic irrigation schedule. 
  • Work with a water manager or property owner to manage overall irrigation water use.  

Obtaining a Drip Specialty

To become a CLIA with a drip specialty, you must: 

  1. Complete the CLIA program requirements.  
  2. Register for the drip specialty exam. 
  3. Pass the drip specialty exam. The one-hour exam includes 30 equally weighted, multiple-choice questions on drip auditing. 
  4. Comply with the Select Certified Code of Ethics. 
  5. Remain in good standing. CLIAs with a drip specialty must submit 20  continuing education units per two-year cycle. 

CLIA – Drip Exam Fees

IA Member   Nonmember  
Landscape Irrigation Auditor – Drip Exam Fee $150 $250
Exam Retake Fee $150 $250
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.