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Course Description

Explore the strategies and fundamentals of irrigation design and site layout. We'll begin with an overview of key irrigation components—heads, valves, pipes, and wires—and how each component is used in the field. We then move on to discuss proactive approaches to water conservation, hydraulic and electrical troubleshooting, and installation technique best practices. This course is an excellent addition for anyone with aspirations to go further in the fields of golf, sports turf, or landscape irrigation.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this courses, you will be able to:

  • Recall strategies and fundamentals of irrigation design and site layout
  • Identify irrigation components and explain their use in the field
  • Differentiate between soil classifications and discuss soil texture in relation to irrigation
  • Troubleshoot and diagnose common hydraulic and electrical challenges
  • Use site-specific information to maximize irrigation schedules
  • Describe water conservation approaches and how best to implement them
  • Explain how to safely and efficiently manage the start-up and closing of all forms of irrigation
  • Evaluate an existing irrigation system and make suggestions for improvement

Course Topics

  • Irrigation Head Types and Components
  • Irrigation Valve Types and Components
  • Common Wires and Valve Types Used in Irrigation
  • The Soil/Water Relationship
  • Distribution Uniformity and Design Efficiency
  • Installation Techniques
  • Irrigation Theory
  • Irrigation Control Devices
  • Water Conservation in Irrigation
  • Backflow Prevention and Pumps
  • Troubleshooting Irrigation Systems (electrical and hydraulic)


Assessment Item Weight (%)
Quizzes (3 x 15%) 45%
Online Group Discussion 25%
Final Assignment 30%
Total 100%

Please note that the course assessment is subject to change.


You may also be interested in: Turf Managers' Short Course Certificate

Applies Towards the Following Certificates

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May 13, 2024 to August 04, 2024
Contact Hours
Delivery Options
Course Fee(s)
Horticulture Tuition $595.00
Potential Discount(s)
  • Seamus Doyle
Section Notes

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