IA launches technician certification program

The Irrigation Association has developed a new program for entry-level technicians.

  • September 4, 2013

In response to member demand, the Irrigation Association Certification Board has developed a new program for entry-level technicians. Specifically designed for professionals new to the industry, the certified irrigation technician credential is a third-party endorsement of these individuals’ ability to install, maintain and repair irrigation systems.

“The new CIT program is designed to address a real need in the marketplace,” said IA Certification and Operations Director Sherrie Schulte, CLIA. The CIT will give employers a tool to assess new hires’ skills. The new credential will also allow companies to verify that existing employees are ready to assume greater on-the-job responsibilities.

The CIT is based on a comprehensive job analysis that identified the knowledge, skills and abilities needed to succeed as an irrigation technician. Key competencies were defined by subject-matter experts and validated by a larger group of experienced irrigation professionals. Individuals must have six months or 1,000 hours of irrigation-related field experience to register for the exam.

The primary audiences of the CIT program are expected to be:
• Entry-level irrigation professionals who wish to demonstrate their readiness for new responsibilities, projects or employment opportunities.
• Students with part-time or summer work experience who want an edge in the job market.

As part of IA’s Select Certified program, the CIT will also help define a career ladder for industry professionals, describing a logical progression from this entry-level position to higher levels of skill, responsibility and pay as a certified irrigation auditor, designer or water manager.

The CIT exam and preparatory classes will debut at the Irrigation Show and Education Conference in Austin, Texas, Nov. 4 – 8. Candidates will also be able to take the test online beginning Dec. 1.

For more information about Select Certified and the CIT program, contact Sherrie Schulte.