Certified Irrigation Designer – Agriculture
Certification gives you a competitive edge. Become a certified agriculture irrigation designer and
- add instant credibility with customers and employers.
- increase job opportunities.
- demonstrate your commitment to efficient water management.
- qualify to become an USDA Technical Service Provider (drip/micro, sprinkler and surface specialties).
CID – Agriculture Overview
CIDs establish specifications and design drawings for agriculture 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 or crop’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 end users on system use, scheduling and maintenance.
CID – Agriculture Specialties
- drip/micro irrigation
- sprinkler irrigation
- surface irrigation
Becoming a CID – Agriculture
To become a CID – Agriculture you must:
- Register for the exam. Recommended: three years of irrigation-related experience or education in an irrigation-related field.
- Pass the general agriculture exam. The four-hour general agriculture exam includes 150 equally weighted, multiple-choice questions on irrigation equipment, hydraulics, system components, scheduling, precipitation and application rates, spacing, soil-water-plant relationships, efficiency/uniformity, economics and pumps. Minimum requirement: three years of irrigation-related experience/education.
- Pass an agriculture irrigation specialty exam. Candidates have four hours to complete a specialty exam in drip/micro, sprinkler or surface agriculture irrigation. See the Certification Candidate Handbook for details on specialty exam content.
- Comply with the Select Certified Code of Ethics.
- Remain in good standing. CIDs must submit 20 continuing education units per two-year cycle.
CID – Agriculture
Irrigation Designer – General Agriculture Exam Fee — $250 (Member), $495 (Nonmember)
Irrigation Designer – Agriculture Specialty Exam Fee (drip/micro, sprinkler, surface) — $250 (Member), $495 (Nonmember)
Exam Retake Fee — $200 (Member), $325 (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.