CLCA offers certification at IA Show

Attendees will be able to take the California association’s Water Management Certification Test.

September 13, 2011
Industry News

The California Landscape Contractors Association (CLCA) will partner with the Irrigation Association to host a Water Management Certification Test at the upcoming Irrigation Association Show Nov. 6-8, at the San Diego Convention Center in San Diego. The Irrigation Show is the only national tradeshow for irrigation industry professionals. CLCA's Water Management Certification Program will also host the annual contractor reception at the event.

"We are proud to be part of this national irrigation show," said David Silva, program manager for CLCA's Water Management Certification Program. "This show is not usually in California so it is nice to have it in our state. CLCA's Landscape Industry Show differs because it is for the entire California Landscape Industry and focuses on a wide range of industry related technology rather than just irrigation. This is a great opportunity to network with other irrigation professionals and to learn about the latest in irrigation technology and techniques."

"Partnering with state and regional irrigation and landscape organizations is critical to the Irrigation Association's mission of promoting efficient irrigation technologies, products and services,” said Chad Forcey, state affairs director for the Irrigation Association. “We are pleased to work with CLCA at our show. Both of our organizations are committed to ensuring that water is available for irrigation for future generations.”

Show participants will learn about industry research, technology and practices and the conference will highlight recent advancements in irrigation system design, installation and management. CLCA member Peter Estournes, of Gardenworks Inc. in Healdsburg, Calif., will also be presenting on behalf of CLCA, a session entitled, “The Benefits of Water Budgeting and Why It is an Efficient Method of Reducing Outdoor Water Usage,” one of the many educational sessions at the conference.

Well versed in establishing and maintaining assigned water budgets for multiple types of properties, Estournes is a CLCA Certified Expert Water Manager. California's updated Model Water Efficient Landscape Ordinance requires increased landscape water conservation throughout the state and CLCA's Water Management Certification Program helps green industry professionals meet the need to reduce landscape water usage by meeting a water budget. This program is unique because participants not only take a written test, they are also required to manage at least one property to a water budget for one year to achieve certification and to submit an irrigation system audit. Participants are then required to continue to maintain a property to a water budget to continue their certification.

The Irrigation Association Conference will also feature an Expo where participants can see and learn about the latest in water efficiency products and services. Prospective exhibitors include plumbing innovations, irrigation products and services, software and other irrigation related technology designed to help industry professionals become more water efficient. For more information about the conference or to become an exhibitor, visit

CLCA's Water Management Certification program was a 2010 recipient of a Silicon Valley Water Conservation Award under the education category and has been approved for continuing education units through PLANET and the Landscape Architecture Continuing Education System. For more information or to register for the certification program, contact David Silva at 916-830-2780 or email at For more information about the Water Management Certification program, go to: The Spanish study guide is available at