TUCSON, Ariz. – Irrigation installation professionals now have another certification option to differentiate themselves from their competitors.
Rain Bird Services Corporation has launched a new, non-manufacturer-specific certification training program for experienced irrigators – the Rain Bird Certified Residential and Light Commercial Installer program. The new program has been designated by the U.S. EPA as a WaterSense-labeled certification program.
The program is intended for contractors who perform installations using pipe that measures up to 2.5 inches in diameter. Starting in July, the certification program will initially offer four-day workshops in Tucson, Ariz., expanding to other locations later this year. Classes will be limited to six students per professional instructor. Each workshop combines classroom and field instruction plus a series of practical student projects designed to assess each student’s installation ability. All aspects of the installation process will be covered from the initial site inspection to system start-up and fine-tuning.
In addition to hands-on training, contractors who become certified will receive a number of other benefits, including a self-promotional package with a variety of marketing materials to help them grow their businesses and make the most of their certified status.
The Rain Bird Certified Residential and Light Commercial Installer program is open only to irrigation professionals with a high level of industry experience. Participants must have a minimum of 1,200 hours of field experience, 24 hours of irrigation education, three years of irrigation industry experience and a passing score on a pre-qualifying exam. According to Robert Pfeil, training services manager for Rain Bird Services Corporation, this new certification is a rigorous test of an experienced irrigator’s skills and understanding of irrigation installation.
“Rain Bird believes that irrigation is a profession and not just a job,” Pfeil explains. “Helping to elevate this industry to a truly professional level requires both hard work and dedicated resources. It’s our belief that over time, all irrigators should receive a high level of professional education similar to the requirements that must be met by electricians or plumbers, for example. Our new certification program provides irrigation contractors with the opportunity to get an education that will set them apart from their peers.”
In addition to the new certification program, Rain Bird Services Corporation offers Rain Bird Academy Professional and Regional Training Camps for irrigation and landscape contractors at all levels.
For more information about the Rain Bird Certified Residential and Light Commercial Installer program, or to find a Rain Bird Academy training event near you, call 800-498-1942 or visit www.rainbirdservicescorporation.com/training/certification.htm.