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Landscape Certifications

Certified Landscape Irrigation Auditor

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

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

CLIA Overview

CLIAs quantify and analyze landscape irrigation water use. 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.

Becoming a CLIA

To become a CLIA, you must:

  1. Register for the exam. Minimum requirement: one year of irrigation-related work experience.
  2. Pass the irrigation auditor exam. The three-hour exam includes 125 equally weighted, multiple-choice questions on irrigation audit procedures, soil-plant relationships, irrigation scheduling and equipment/technology. 
  3. Submit a landscape irrigation audit. Audits must be completed independently and verified by an IA-certified professional in good standing within one year of acceptance into the certification program. The following further outlines this requirement:  
  4. Comply with the Select Certified Code of Ethics.  
  5. Remain in good standing. CLIAs must submit 20 continuing education units per two-year cycle.

CLIA Exam Fees

 
IA Member  Nonmember 
Landscape Irrigation Auditor Exam Fee $250 $495

Exam Retake Fee 

$200 

$325 

Audit Resubmission Fee 

$75 

$125 

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.