Water Efficient Landscape Dual Certification Program

A water efficient landscape

CLCA Increases Efforts In Water Efficiency By Offering Two Nationally Recognized Industry Certifications With One Course and One Written Test

The California Landscape Contractors Association and Metropolitan Water District of Southern California now offer a one-of-a-kind certification and educational opportunity for landscape professionals in Southern California.

This joint effort combines the CLCA Water Management Certification Program with the Qualified Water Efficient Landscaper program to offer the landscape industry an opportunity to obtain two nationally recognized EPA WaterSense Professional Certifications with one course and one written test.

Presented virtually in six three-hour classes, these workshops will offer CEUs for your current certifications and provide you with a participation certificate. These workshops are free and available only to those in select counties of Southern California within the Metropolitan Water District’s service area.

The combined curriculum focuses on landscaping fundamentals in one convenient course and includes topics like:

  • Where Our Water Comes From
  • Sustainable Landscaping
  • Landscape Water
  • Soils
  • Irrigation Systems
  • Irrigation Maintenance & Trouble Shooting
  • Irrigation System Auditing
  • Irrigation Scheduling
  • Irrigation Controllers
  • Landscape Water Management
  • Landscape Water Budgeting

Water Efficiency Landscape Dual Certification Program

Next Training

November & December— Long Beach
The next Water Efficient Landscape Dual Certification Program training will span three days in November and December.
These in-person workshops will be held at:
Long Beach Water Department
1800 E. Wardlow Road, Long Beach
November 30, 10 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
December 7, 10 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
December 14, 10 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
CLCA’s Internet Service Provider is currently reporting connection issues. If you encounter problems while registering online, please call CLCA HQ at (916) 830-2780 to register.
Thanks to a special grant from Metropolitan Water District of Southern California, this exclusive course (a $450 value) is free. A $50 deposit is required to secure each applicant’s seat.
A deposit refund is available once an applicant meets four requirements:
  • Attends at least 89 percent of the three classes (missing no more than two of the 18 instructional hours)
  • Take the 120-question multiple choice written test.
  • Participate in the group hands-on irrigation audit.
  • Enroll a landscape site to manage in CLCA’s online water budgeting software.
If an applicant does not meet all requirements, the deposit is non-refundable.
Applicants must submit a registration cancellation in writing to CLCA no less than 10 days before the first class or deposit is non-refundable.
Written exam retakes will be available at a rate of $25 per attempt (non-refundable) for applicants that did not pass the initial written exam with a minimum score of 70 percent. Written exam retake dates and times must be coordinated with CLCA administration in advance.
Renewing your certifications: Each year, you will need to renew your respective certifications. Maintaining your certifications is dependent on your payment of renewal fees and fulfilling the requirements for each program. CLCA Certified Water Managers must renew each July.