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Landscape Professionals



State and local governments, communities and water providers encourage the design, installation, and maintenance of water-efficient landscapes in both the public and private sectors. More and more cities, towns, water districts, and property managers require training for landscapers to ensure that they have the skills to effectively manage water using a water budget. A broad variety of training opportunities are available in Arizona as described below.


Arizona Professional Certifications

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Smartscape is a training program for nursery and landscape professionals designed to encourage consistent horticultural practices compatible with the Sonoran Desert region of Arizona. Smartscape is presented as a series of eight 2½-hour workshops. Workshops focus on specific topics such as design and renovation, plant selection, irrigation design and installation and more.

Smartscape Maricopa County Workshops             Smartscape Pima County Workshops



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Arizona Certified Landscape Professional (ACLP) ProgramOffSite Icon

Sponsored by the Arizona Landscape Contractor’s Association, the ACLP program includes a series of one day workshops and certification exams in the following subject areas: Plant Problems, Soils/Fertilizers, Plant Identification, Irrigation, Equipment/Safety, Color, Tree Planting, Turf/Sod, Calibrations/Pesticides, Tree Pruning and Water Management. 

Arizona Certified Nursery Professional (ACNP) ProgramsOffSite Icon
The Arizona Nursery Association offers two programs: the base program where applicants take a one day class and must pass an exam, and an advanced certification program that includes three modules: Integrated Pest Management, Turf Management, and Irrigation Management

Desert Landscape School Certification Program OffSite Icon 

The Desert Botanical Garden in Phoenix offers this series of workshops that focus on the care and maintenance of desert-adapted plants including irrigation, troubleshooting, pruning, and installation. 

S.H.A.D.E.: Southwest Horticulture Annual Day of EducationOffSite Icon

An annual conference for Landscapers, Landscape Architect and Designers, Landscape Supervisors, Nursery Professionals, and the Green Industry, usually held in August.  


National Professional Certifications

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WaterSense Certified Landscape ProfessionalOffSite Icon
WaterSense is a partnership program sponsored by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.  WaterSense landscape irrigation partners are certified through WaterSense labeled programs for their expertise in water-efficient irrigation technology and techniques. 

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Irrigation Association CertificationsOffSite Icon

The Irrigation Association (IA) a national, non profit organization, provides the following certifications:

  • Certified Irrigation Contractor (CIC)*
  • Certified Irrigation Designer (CID)*
  • Certified Golf Irrigation Auditor (CGIA)*
  • Certified Landscape Irrigation Auditor (CLIA)*
  • Certified Landscape Irrigation Manager (CLIM)* [must be certified as a CIC, CID and either CLIA or CGIA]
  • Certified Agricultural Irrigation Specialist (CAIS)
  • Certified Water Conservation Manager – Landscape (CWCM-L) IA Certified, Logo

*received the EPA’s Water Sense Label

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