Drought Free Irrigation is a Certified Irrigation
The Irrigation Association Certification
Board has established certification programs to achieve national
recognition of irrigation professionals. Certification exams are
designed to meet standards of validity, reliability, and difficulty.
Certification indicates that the successful Irrigation Contractor
- A minimum of three years of irrigation-related
- Successfully passed a written examination
covering general irrigation subjects and specialty areas.
- Agreed to follow a specific Code
of Ethics established by the Certification Board.
Certified Irrigation Contractors are
specialty contractors whose principal contracting business is the
execution of contracts and subcontracts to install, repair, and
maintain irrigation systems in such a manner that projects can be
executed in an acceptable way, meeting all specifications and requirements.
They are involved in the layout, installation, maintenance and repair
of irrigation systems used for landscape and turf irrigation.
(written by the Irrigation Association)
- Irrigation Contractors will do
layout, staking, excavation, boring, trenching, grading, back-filling,
and limited design. They will install all piping and water delivery
components. They will install the irrigation controls, including
mechanical, hydraulic, and electrical systems. Contractors will
troubleshoot and repair all of these components and systems.
- Irrigation Contractors read site,
contour, and grading plans, as well as the various "shop
drawings" used in installation. They should have knowledge
of the various soil conditions, which affect the installation
and operation of the irrigation system. They should be able to
effectively choose and schedule the required installation equipment.
- Irrigation Contractors work with
all types and classifications of pipe. They should be able to
perform the necessary cutting and joining of these different materials,
understand the limitations of each piping system, and have knowledge
of the required fittings and components of the water delivery
system, including backflow prevention components. They should
understand basic hydraulics as applied to pumps, irrigation piping,
sprinkler heads, water hammer, and backflow prevention principles.
- Irrigation Contractors should have
knowledge of the various types of control devices used in irrigation
systems, including mechanically, hydraulically, and electrically
controlled valves and irrigation controllers. They should have
basic electrical knowledge needed for installation of electric
motors and associated electronic control systems. They should
have knowledge of the required licensing laws and codes in their
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