Irrigation Association Certified Irrigation Technician Training Sponsored by SiteOne and Hunter

Irrigation Association Certified Irrigation Technician Training Sponsored by SiteOne and Hunter

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Two Locations:

Cleveland, Ohio – February 14th, 2018

LACENTRE Conference & Banquet Facility
25777 Detroit Road
Westlake, OH 44145

Columbus, Ohio – February 15th, 2018

Crowne Plaza Columbus North
6500 Doubletree Avenue
Columbus, OH 43229

 Seats are Limited

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* Includes “Landscape Irrigation System Installation and Maintenance” by the Irrigation Association

Landscape Irrigation System Installation & Maintenance

Beginner | Landscape & Golf (8 CEUs)
Learn the basics of hydraulics and irrigation system installation and maintenance. This full-day learning session covers an overview of irrigation system components and how they operate. Learn about gluing and repairing PVC pipe, installing nozzles and adjusting heads, setting and repairing electric valves, and field and controller wiring techniques. Recommended review for the certified irrigation technician exam.

Certification gives you a competitive edge. Become a certified irrigation technician and:

  • Add instant credibility with customers and employers.
  • Increase job opportunities.
  • Demonstrate your commitment to efficient water management.
  • Qualify for the EPA WaterSense program.

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CIT Overview

CITs are field technicians who install, maintain and repair irrigation systems. CITs

  • 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.

Becoming a CIT

To become a CIT, you must:

  • Register for the exam. Recommended: six months or 1,000 hours of irrigation-related field experience.
  • Pass the irrigation technician exam. The three-hour exam includes 100 equally weighted, multiple-choice questions on basic irrigation principles, basic electrical principles and basic hydraulics.
  • Comply with the Select Certified Code of Ethics.
  • Remain in good standing. CITs must submit 20 continuing education units per two-year cycle.

CIT Exam Fees

Irrigation Technician Exam Fee — 175 (Member), $300 (Nonmember) 
Exam Retake Fee — $175 (Member), $300 (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.

Ohio CENTS Show Offers Irrigation Training Classes

Here is the schedule of irrigation training classes at the 2016 Cents Show In Columbus, Ohio January 11-13

The 2016 CENTS Show offers seven technical irrigation training classes at this year’s show. From water conservation to trouble shooting irrigation controllers, the CENTS Show has an extensive list of irrigation classes.

Below is a list of the training classes being offered

Click here for the complete schedule

Water Conservation and Cost Savings

11 Jan 2016
10:30 am – 11:30 am
C226
Scott Knowles

Scott KnowlesSaving water is a hot topic in many drought stressed parts of the nation. Lack of water is a very good reason irrigation systems must monitor and reduce water usage.

Even in the Midwest, where abundant water is more often the issue, owners of irrigation systems want to save the precious resources and money via Smart irrigation practices.

The Irrigation Association is leading the way to help consumers and green industry professionals understand water conservation. Smart Irrigation is a slogan and a category of vitally useful products and practices that can save 35-40% of the water “normal” irrigation systems and practices use.

Come learn to use Smart Irrigation practices and products as a money-making opportunity that provides your clients cost reduction and environmental benefits.

Sponsored by: The Wolf Creek Company

2016 Landscape & Irrigation Industry Trends

Capture the Growth

Tom Barrett PortraitTom Barrett will keynote the Ohio Irrigation Association’s Annual Meeting.

6:00 pm, Monday, January 11, 2016 – at the Ohio Irrigation Association’s Annual Meeting

Well known throughout the landscape industry, Tom Barrett,  has a reputation of being an innovator and accomplished corporate growth and change agent.Tom’s presentations empower people to become masters of change, rather than victims of circumstance by developing tools for transformative thinking.

Sponsored by: Hunter, Rain Bird & Toro

Irrigation Pipe Connections

12 Jan 2016 12:30 pm – 1:00 pm ONLA Garage, Hall E

How to make the common pipe connections for a landscape irrigation system.  Most consider pipe connections simple and easy, but there are some things to know to make long lasting connections that won’t fail in the future.  We’ll cover the tips to successfully make common pipe connections.

Sponsored by: Ohio Irrigation Association

Irrigation Trouble Shooting-Controller Repair

12 Jan 2016 2:30 pm – 3:00 pm ONLA Garage, Hall E

When my irrigation won’t come on where do I start looking for the problem? Is it the controller? Are the stations off, run times off or is there a mechanical problem?

Sponsored by: Century Equipment

Making Irrigation Wire Splices

13 Jan 2016 1:00 pm – 1:30 pm ONLA Garage, Hall E

Wire connections tend to be the most common electrical problem for a landscape irrigation system.  Several  easy and inexpensive wire connectors exist to help contractor make good field wire splices.  We’ll examine the most common and show how to use them.  Will also talk about the Best Practices to make a good wire connection.

Sponsored by: Ohio Irrigation Association

Irrigation Trouble Shooting-Hydraulics (Tues)

12 Jan 2016 2:00 pm – 2:30 pm ONLA Garage, Hall E

Why do some stations come on and others do not? Is there a hydraulic problem or an electrical problem? Learn the difference in open and closed valves.

Sponsored by: Century Equipment

Irrigation Wire Path Diagnostics

11 Jan 2016 3:30 pm – 4:00 pm ONLA Garage, Hall E

How to quickly determine the nature of irrigation field wire problems using a multi-meter at the controller will be demonstrated.  A time saving method to find out what issues are present on the field wiring before hunting for issues around the property.  Participants will receive a chart of possible problems and shown how to use a multi-meter to with the chart.

Sponsored by: Ohio Irrigation Association

Irrigation Trouble Shooting-Hydraulics (Mon)

11 Jan 2016 1:00 pm – 1:30 pm ONLA Garage, Hall E

Why do some stations come on and others do not? Is there a hydraulic problem or an electrical problem? Learn the difference in open and closed valves.

Sponsored by: Century Equipment

Irrigation 101 Class at the CENTS Show a Huge Success

Irrigation System SplashBy Scott Knowles, President, Wolf Creek Company

Irrigation Class for Future Irrigation Contractors

On a chilly Sunday morning January 22nd, Scott Knowles, president of the Wolf Creek Company,  and John Newlin, owner of  Quality Sprinkler Systems in Lorraine, Ohio, taught a group of twenty-three participants the basics of landscape irrigation installation at the Ohio Nurserymen & Landscape Association Short Courses.  The Ohio Irrigation Association was well represented as our members, Scott and John, lead the students through the process of how to install a landscape irrigation system.

Participants actually constructed a working landscape irrigation system.

Being winter, the irrigation system was constructed in one of the Ohio State campus green houses.  The system consisted of rotor, spray head, and drip zones.  The valves were wired to a controller and they even installed a booster pump!  “This is the phase where it comes together for people”, said Scott. After installation students were shown how to adjust sprinklers and some tips and tricks to finish the job.

Denise Johnson, a leader in the Ohio State University landscape program, requested the class be part of the Ohio Nursery and Landscape Association’s  Short Courses because of member demand.  Due to material, space, and coordination the class size was capped at 20, although Denise let a couple extra in but turned away a few others. “I enjoyed sharing my lifetime experience to help others” said John Newlin.  John also reported that several students approached him the next day on the CENTS trade show floor to compliment him for the class.  Scott Knowles says all the evaluations came back with glowing remarks.  Denise was very happy with the results.Ohio State Greenhouse

Scott organized the event with Denise and arranged for the materials to be on hand.  It was a team teaching effort with knowledge and the wealth of experience these two irrigators have being shared in presentations and lots of questions and discussions.  The most exciting part was the hands on work.  Students practiced gluing pipe, connecting wires, etc before the final project, building a functioning irrigation system!

This is the second successful year of  the Ohio Irrigation Association partnering with the Ohio Nursery and Landscape Association Short Course program.  Last year Scott Knowles and John Newlin conducted an Irrigation Association Landscape Irrigation Auditor program to another full house.  Denise has already asked that we do a class again at the 2013 show.

“I enjoyed sharing my lifetime experience to help others” said John Newlin.  John also reported that several students approached him the next day on the CENTS trade show floor to compliment him for the class.  Scott says the evals all came back with glowing remarks.  Denise was very happy with the results.

Landscape Irrigation Basics (Hands-on) at the CENTS Show, January 22

with Scott Knowles, Wolf Creek CompanyRetail Person

Register Here!

Sunday, January 22, 2012

At the CENTS Show 8 am – 4 pm

This workshop is uniquely created for those new to landscape irrigation design and installation. It includes classroom instruction as well as hands-on assembly practice for building a functioning irrigation systemThe workshop will cover irrigation layout and components, and will then move to operation system assembly and programming the controller. This course is valuable to many in the industry, especially those pursuing certifications.

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Please wear appropriate work clothes. Space is limited,so register today!

Workshops are not included in Nursery Short Course/CENTS admission.

OSU Campus, Howlett Headhouse $75 fee (includes, book, parking and lunch).

 Register Here!