Landscape Certifications

Certified Irrigation Contractor

Certification gives you a competitive edge. Become a certified irrigation contractor and

  • add instant credibility with customers and employers.
  • increase job opportunities.
  • demonstrate your commitment to efficient water management.
  • qualify for the EPA WaterSense program.

CIC Overview

The purpose of the certified irrigation contractor program is to certify that a US or international candidate has met an advanced level of competency in the execution of contracts or subcontracts to install, repair and/or maintain irrigation systems. The CIC must conduct business in such a manner that irrigation projects meet the specifications and requirements of the contract.

CICs install, maintain and repair irrigation systems. CICs
  • execute irrigation projects to meet all specifications and requirements.
  • prepare installation sites, including layout, staking, excavation, boring, trenching, grading and backfilling.
  • cut and join pipe, know the limitations of different piping systems and understand basic hydraulics.
  • lay out and install piping and water delivery components; backflow prevention components; mechanical, hydraulic and electrical irrigation controls; and other irrigation system components.
  • troubleshoot and repair irrigation components and systems.
  • understand good business practices, construction contracts and their legal rights and obligations, and licensing laws and codes in their state.

Becoming a CIC

To become a CIC, you must:

  1. Register for the exam. Recommended: three years of irrigation-related field experience.
  2. Pass the irrigation contractor exam. The 3½-hour exam includes 150 equally weighted, multiple-choice questions on irrigation design, irrigation installation, irrigation scheduling, water management and conservation, maintenance and repair, federal laws and codes, and general business management. Candidates have 3½ hours to complete the exam.
  3. Comply with the Select Certified Code of Ethics.
  4. Remain in good standing. CICs must submit 20 continuing education units per two-year cycle. 

CIC Exam Fees

Irrigation Contractor Exam Fee — $250 (Member), $495 (Nonmember)
Exam Retake Fee — $200 (Member), $325 (Nonmember)
Annual Renewal Fee (one certification) — $75 (Member), $125 (Nonmember); plus $25 for each additional certification

See the Certification Candidate Handbook for exam policies, procedures and fees outside of North America.