Maintain Your Certification

Certification Requirements

Certification isn’t a one-time accomplishment. It’s an ongoing commitment to expand your skills and knowledge by staying current on the latest technology, techniques and industry best practices.

To protect your investment and continue enjoying the benefits of IA certification, follow these simple steps to have your certification(s) remain in good standing status:

For more information on how to add CEUs in your account, please see the Step-by-Step Visual Guide to Submitting CEUs.

Ongoing learning keeps you current in the irrigation industry.

20 CEUs

Certified professionals are required to submit 20 CEUs every two years, regardless of how many certifications they hold.

Two-Year Cycle

CEUs are submitted on a two-year cycle that begins on Jan. 1 of the first year after you pass the certification exam. For example, if you become certified in August 2023, your first two-year CEU cycle would begin Jan. 1, 2024, and end Dec. 31, 2025.

For each two-year cycle, CEUs must

  • be earned during that two-year period.
  • be submitted by Dec. 31 of the second year of every CEU cycle.
  • include a minimum of 10 CEUs for irrigation-specific continuing education.
  • include a minimum of five tier 1 CEUs related to water-efficient concepts in the field of irrigation.

Supporting Documentation

Certified professionals should keep supporting documentation for all continuing education activities for the current and previous two-year cycles, in the event they are selected for the annual CEU audit.

Submission History

For information about your CEU cycle or CEU submission history, log on to your IA account or contact the IA via email or 703.536.7080. 

What Counts for CEUs?

Learn more about what qualifies for IA CEUs. For questions, contact the IA via email or call 703.536.7080. 

Carrying Over CEUs

Candidates who have already submitted all 20 CEUs for their current two-year CEU cycle may carry over CEUs earned in November and December of the cycle’s second year to their new CEU cycle.

If you have a two-year CEU cycle from 2022-2023 and have already submitted all 20 CEUs, you may use the CEUs earned at the 2023 Irrigation Show and Education Week event in San Antonio from Nov. 27-Dec. 1 for your 2024-2025 CEU cycle. NOTE: Entries for the CEUs earned at the 2023 Irrigation Show and Education Week can only be entered beginning in January 2024. Please do not attempt to add 2024 CEUs in November/December 2023.