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FNGLA Unveils Landscape Irrigation Certification

Tuesday, July 11, 2017
Article by: Certification News

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Just in time for July’s Smart Irrigation Month, FNGLA unveils its plans for a new landscape irrigation technician certification.

The certification, FNGLA’s sixth professional designation, coincides with FNGLA’s just-released public policy recommendations designed to increase landscape irrigation efficiencies and spur water savings for Florida.

“The need to certify irrigation professionals has existed for some time,” said FNGLA President Ed Bravo, one of the certification’s architects. “With continuing regulatory pressure on all water uses and given the Water 2070 Report’s focus on landscape water use, FNGLA is taking the opportunity to lead by example.”

Smart Irrigation Month was launched nationwide in 2005 by the Irrigation Association. The initiative is designed to “promote the social, economic and environmental benefits of efficient irrigation technologies, products and services in landscape, turf and agricultural irrigation.” 

FNGLA’s Landscape Irrigation Technician certification is slated to launch in 2018 and will focus on irrigation system service. This industry certification will sharpen technician skills to not only ensure landscape irrigation systems operate properly, yet are also maintained to maximize their efficiency to generate water savings for Florida and the property owner.

“It is vital Florida’s landscape and irrigation professionals be given the means to prove basic competency, educate newly hired employees, as well as create a pathway which could ultimately lead toward a state irrigation license,” Bravo said.  

Plans are for FNGLA’s Landscape Irrigation Technician certification exams to be held throughout Florida beginning in 2018 in conjunction with FNGLA’s current Landscape Technician certifications. The format for the landscape irrigation technician certification will feature a hands-on portion where technicians can demonstrate their skills.  For more information, contact FNGLA’s Merry Mott at mmott@fngla.org. 

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