July has arrived, and it’s Smart Irrigation Month. If you own a landscaping company becoming a certified irrigation contractor can help.
Moreover, if you want to install in-ground sprinkler systems, including drip irrigation and tree bubblers. Go to IA.org to learn more about becoming a certified irrigation contractor.
How to Become a Certified Irrigation Contractor
First, What is a Certified Irrigation Contractor (CIC)?
A CIC installs, maintains, and repairs in-ground sprinkler systems for commercial and residential clients. You become a Certified Irrigation Contractor by:
- Signing up for the exam through IA. Before taking the exam, you must have three years of field experience working with irrigation systems.
- Pass the irrigation contractor exam, including questions regarding sprinkler system design, installation, scheduling and other topics.
- Meet the Select Certified Code of Ethics, which you can read more about on the IA’s CIC web page.
- Keep your certification in good standing by taking 20 continuing education units every two years.
After you become a CIC, you’ll be able to install, repair, and maintain in-ground sprinkler systems for your customers. You can also upsell sprinkler system installation services to your existing customer base.
Next: Check Your Business Plan Before You Become a Certified Irrigation Contractor
Before you sign up for the CIC exam, look at your business plan and long-term goals. Is this the right time to add to your existing landscaping company?
Read, Green Industry Pros has a PDF called “11 Questions to Ask Before Adding an Irrigation Segment to Your Business.” Here are the 11 points to think about before becoming a CIC:
Also consider, Why do you want to be a CIC?
- Where does a CIC fit in your existing business plan or meet your long-range goals?
- How will this add-on service extend your landscaping services?
- Who will your customers be?
- How will you market your new certified irrigation contractor services?
- How much can you afford for irrigation equipment and SKUs?
- Check your state’s regulations concerning CIC’s licenses, restrictions, and water costs.
- What do you know about smart watering techniques and irrigation systems? You need at least three years of irrigation experience before taking the exam.
- How will you find other CIC technicians to work with your landscape company?
- How will you connect with other irrigation professionals?
- When do you want to be up and running your irrigation sales and services?
Moreover, once you’ve settled on how a CIC will benefit your landscaping company and how you’ll incorporate irrigation sales and services into your overall business plan; you’re ready to become a certified irrigation contractor.
Next, after studying and taking the certified irrigation contractor exam, you’ll know how to:
- Follow all irrigation system designs and plans for installing an in-ground sprinkler system.
- You’ll know how to install a complete irrigation system, from preparing the site to laying out the design to staking, excavation, boring, trenching, grading, and backfilling.
- You’ll practice basic hydraulics when installing all water delivery parts, including piping.
- You’ll put together irrigation parts, including a backflow preventer and electrical sprinkler system controls.
- You’ll be able to diagnose and repair in-ground sprinkler system parts and systems.
- You’ll follow all irrigation system codes and laws.
Moreover, You can practice water conservation by participating in the EPA WaterSense program. The EPA WaterSense program promotes water-efficient products, programs, and practices that save household water usage.
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GreenIndustryPros.com, 11 Questions to Ask Before Adding an Irrigation Segment to Your Business (.pdf).
Irrigation.org, Certified Irrigation Contractor.