Smart Water Certification (SWC)

Course includes ALL SWC Courses 601-610

At least One year experience in landscaping and irrigation.  Successfully complete all 10 Smart Water Classes or Final Tests (an experienced individual may test through all 10 classes) and maintain currency with an annual renewal course. Must submit the following items for one property to be evaluated each year:   Initial water audit report including a couple photos – showing need for improvement.  Paperwork describing or listing the needed changes/upgrades.  Initial copy of the water bill.  Copy of the invoice verifying the work was completed.  Follow up water audit report including a couple photos – showing improvements working etc.  Follow up copy of the water bill showing a savings of at least 20%.  Preparing for the test: To allow sufficient time for study, persons should apply for examination well in advance of the test date 


Class Descriptions

Course includes ALL SWC Courses 601-610

Class #601: Smart Water Certification SWCRelationship Between Soil and WateringDescribe how the properties of soils influence the rate that water is absorbed and retained. List the five main ways water is lost from soil and plants. Describe the concept of allowable depletion. Discuss soil structure, effects of compaction, and aeration. Soil probes, soil analysis, and soil amendments are also featured.Class #602: Smart Water Certification SWCSmart Plant SelectionIdentify plants and their watering needs and how they correspond to the local climate/environment. Also learn how to group plants based on their watering needs and overall look as well as their attraction to different animal/insect life.Class #603: Smart Water Certification SWCSmart HydraulicsHydraulics is a comprehensive class combining hydraulic principles and irrigation theory. The class is designed to give the technician a thorough understanding of irrigation hydraulics and the various reference materials available (tables, charts, etc.). The course also includes basic calculations for pressure loss, velocity and the effect of elevation. Some information is also included on pipe and head layout, precipitation rates, zoning and irrigation scheduling.Class #604: Smart Water Certification SWCFertilization: Organic vs. InorganicStudents will learn how to choose the most effective fertilizer for a site. Functions of fertilizer and properties and characteristics of fertilizer are also covered. Learn symptoms of nutrient deficiencies and excess in plants. You learn about: List and describe five environmental conditions that should be considered when selecting Fertilization for a site. List eight practical functions Fertilization serve which can be used to enhance the outdoor environment. List and describe several properties and characteristics of Fertilization that influence their suitability in specific locations. List at least four physical characteristics you can use to help identify Fertilization. Define some of the terms used to classify Fertilization. Describe the basic structure of Organic Fertilization. Fertigation systems are also introduced and discussed.Class #605: Smart Water Certification SWCComposting and MulchUnderstanding carbon and nitrogen ratios and the biological roles they play in the composting process. Will also cover composting ingredients and building compositing batches. Hot vs. Cold piles. Discuss multiple common methods of compositing. Individuals will learn about tools and equipment required to create/use compost and mulch, as well as safety methods.Class #606: Smart Water Certification SWCIrrigation EfficiencyThis class will cover how to estimate a water budget for a property. Also covered is how Smart Water practices can save money and how to receive rebates and working with local water districts.Class #607: Smart Water Certification SWCSprinkler and Drip RetrofittingStudents will learn how to take an existing irrigation system and make it more water efficient through retrofitting. Will cover how to properly size nozzles, and adjust sprinkler heads. Includes instruction on Distribution uniformity, and precipitation rate. Hands-on lab also included. Will cover the benefits of Drip Irrigation Also covered: Drip System Components, Maintenance, Scheduling.Class #608: Smart Water Certification SWCPlan Reading and ApplicationTopics covered: blueprint reading and implementation, impact of site conditions on equipment choice, equipment commissioning, and federal/state regulations overviewClass #609: Smart Water Certification SWCSmart Water Controller ProgrammingThis class will cover controllers that can help the consumer save water. Students will learn how to correctly install and correctly program controllers to effectively water turf, plants, and trees. Controllers featured: Weathermatic Smartline, RainMaster Eagle, and Toro Intellisense.Class #610: Smart Water Certification SWCIrrigation PlanThis class will cover Key Considerations: For Your Irrigation Plan that can help the consumer save water. Students will learn how to correctly : Site Information : Water Saving Tip : Microclimates : Hydrozones : Emitter Number And Placement : Existing Landscape : Selecting Emitters : Emitters Placement on a SlopeYearly Renewal:  Smart Water Certification (SWC)Certificate Renewal & Test OnlyTEST ONLY class and a renewal test. In order to qualify to take the test only, you must provide the requested criteria, (located on the front page of S.W.C. classes and descriptions). To allow sufficient time for study, student(s) should apply for examination well in advance of the test date. This price is for one person. Each student will receive tests 601-610 for completion. If the test is passed the student(s) will receive their Smart Water Certification.




  •  Length of Course: 40 Hours
  •  5 Week Course:
  •  CEU Earned: 40 CEU Credits
  •  Certificate Earned: Smart Water Certification
  •  Required Text : SWC Manual
  •  All classes must be attended
  •  No refunds

Why Irrigator Technical Training School?

Our courses provide you with a basic easy to understand approach both in the classroom and in your field of training.  Our irrigation training program  provides you with a well recognized certification that consumers and employers recognize. Completing certification by from Irrigator Tech training program increases students' chances of becoming employed in the Irrigation and Lawn Maintenance Industry.

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