Certified Agricultural Irrigation Specialist
Certification gives you a competitive edge. Become a certified agricultural irrigation specialist and
- add instant credibility with customers and employers.
- increase job opportunities.
- demonstrate your commitment to efficient water management.
- qualify to become a USDA Technical Service Provider.
Certified agricultural irrigation specialists manage and operate on-farm irrigation systems. They
- understand surface irrigation methods and pressurized systems, including microirrigation and sprinklers.
- evaluate crops and determine water availability and use requirements.
- understand soil-plant-water relationships and how salinity affects irrigation.
- select the most effective irrigation methods and equipment for the application.
- develop efficient and cost-effective irrigation schedules that meet the crop’s water requirement.
See the Job Analysis Summary
for exam development information.
Becoming a CAIS
To become a CAIS, you must:
- Register for the exam. Field experience with management and operation of on-farm irrigation systems is recommended. Intermediate math skills are recommended to be successful.
- Pass the agriculture irrigation specialist exam. The three-hour exam includes 75 equally weighted, multiple-choice questions on soils, evapotranspiration, system types, irrigation scheduling, salinity, drainage, efficiency and distribution uniformity.
- Comply with the Select Certified Code of Ethics.
- Remain in good standing. CAISs must submit 20 continuing education units per two-year cycle.
CAIS Exam Fees
Agriculture Irrigation Specialist Exam Fee — $200 (Member), $450 (Nonmember)
Exam Retake Fee — $150 (Member), $275 (Nonmember)
Annual Renewal Fee (one certification) — $50 (Member), $100 (Nonmember)
Annual Renewal Fee (two or more certifications) — $100 (Member), $150 (Nonmember)
See the Certification Candidate Handbook for exam policies, procedures and fees outside of North America.