Rain Bird Training Services has released its schedule of irrigation training events for the summer. Rain Bird’s training events offer both new and highly experienced irrigation professionals the chance to improve their knowledge bases, receive Irrigation Association (IA) continuing education units, or CEUs, and prepare for IA certification exams.
“While summer is a busy time for irrigation professionals, the courses we offer can quickly prepare them for on-the-job challenges and position them for greater success,” said Paul Lierheimer, director of Rain Bird’s Contractor Division.
Rain Bird Academy Boot Camp
Rain Bird Academy’s “boot camps” consist of four courses that provide general irrigation skills training on products from various manufacturers. Each Boot Camp course is designated as “IA Select,” a prestigious status reserved for training that adheres to the IA’s best management practice standards in irrigation system design, installation and maintenance. These non-manufacturer-specific courses provide attendees with the CEUs they may need to maintain their status as “Select Certified” members of the IA or review for the IA Certified Irrigation Technician (CIT) exam.
Rain Bird will play host to Boot Camps in Sunrise, Florida, on June 20-24; in Sacramento, California, on July 18-22; and in Walnut, California, on August 15-19.
IA Review Courses
Rain Bird Services will also play host to IA Review courses designed to help individuals review for three of the IA’s certification exams. Rain Bird Training Services’ IA Review classes are designed to cover those components which have traditionally given candidates the most trouble on the exams. (No single class will completely prepare a candidate for any Irrigation Association certification exam; only individual study will cover 100 percent of the information needed.)
Courses offered during the summer of 2016 include specialized reviews for the following certifications: Certified Landscape Irrigation Auditor (CLIA), Certified Irrigation Designer (CID) and Certified Irrigation Consultant (CIC). Courses will be held in Orlando, Florida, on May 23-27; in Sacramento, California, on June 13-17; in Walnut, California, on July 11-15; and in Chicago on August 1-5.
Rain Bird Factory Trained Program
Rain Bird Factory Trained classes provide comprehensive training on Rain Bird products and help attendees become experts on installing, managing and maintaining Rain Bird irrigation systems. Rain Bird Factory Trained designations are offered in these categories: Rain Bird Factory Trained Installer (residential and central control systems), Rain Bird Factory Trained Operator (all Rain Bird control systems, including commercial and golf) and Rain Bird Factory Trained Technician (all Rain Bird control systems, including commercial and golf).
Due to the hands-on nature of these classes, space is limited. Rain Bird Factory Trained classes will take place in Bakersfield, California, on May 23-27; Dallas, Texas, on June 27-28; Houston on June 30-July 1; Austin on June 30-July 1; Tucson, Arizona, (three sessions) on July 12-14, September 7-8 and September 19-23; in San Antonio, Texas, on August 4-5; Riverside, California, on August 22-23; and Rancho Mirage, California, on August 25-26.
Rain Bird Services also offers on-site, customized training for medium and large irrigation contractors, public agencies and irrigation distributors.