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Certificate Irrigation Agronomist


Who is Certification for?

If you’re a practising agronomist and have particular skills in irrigation then you may be eligible to become a Certified Irrigation Agronomist. You’ll most likely have a qualification in another discipline such as agriculture, horticulture or agronomy. You currently provide advice to end-users on system types, purchase and use. You may also troubleshoot, evaluate audit irrigation systems. The certification grants you a point of difference in the market and a Certified Irrigation Agronomist is highly regarded by customers to provide a service that meets or exceeds the average industry standards.

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How to Apply

To become a Certified Irrigation Agronomist you need to be actively working in the industry, plus have three years relevant experience.

To become certified you will need to prove you can meet the requirements of seven units of competency:

Units of Competency

  • AHCIRG435 Determine hydraulic parameters for an irrigation system
  • AHCIRG436 Implement an irrigation-related environmental protection program
  • AHCIRG437 Schedule irrigations
  • AHCIRG507 Audit irrigation systems
  • AHCIRG509 Develop an irrigation and drainage management plan
  • AHCSOL406 Sample soils and interpret results
  • AHCWRK509 Provide specialist advice to clients

Note: other Statement of Attainments that have similar skills and knowledge will be considered.

Maintaining Certification

Every 2 years participants are required to complete a re-certification process.

Irrigation Australia ensures that certified personnel remain active in the industry and are keeping their knowledge and skills up-to-date.

Participants can demonstrate this by earning the required CPD – Continuous Professional Development points in the required timeframe to maintain their active status. Those failing to earn the required CPD points will be considered inactive.

Irrigation Australia will conduct random audits of 5% of all CPD returns each year.

10 points are needed every 12 months no matter how many CIA credentials you have. Points awarded above 10 (to a maximum of 10 points) can be accrued to the next year.

How to add your CPD

To upload your CPD you will need to go to login at our website and select 'My CPD' then click 'Add Activity' icon. Fill out the information, including the dates, choose the activity from the Category drop-down list, add a description, upload supporting documentation, and add pertinent CPD points.

These activities will be approved and verified by IAL and upon reaching the minimum of 10 points over the 12 months. Successful uploading and approval of your points along with payment of your renewal invoice will ensure your certification with us remains active.

Reminders will be sent periodically both before and after your renewal date.

If you are experiencing difficulty, please contact Irrigation Australia on 1800 949 891 or email [email protected] and we will assist with your renewal or CPD activity.

The points chart for this certification can be downloaded     HERE  

Inactive Statuses

Certified Irrigation Agronomists who do not renew are considered to be inactive and are not permitted to use their CIA status for professional reasons until they renew their certification.

If the inactive period is less than three years, renewal can be made by paying all renewal fees and submitting sufficient CPD – Continuous Professional Development points to cover the inactive period/s.

If the inactive period is for more than three years, the certification is forfeited and re-certification will require the applicant to start the certification process over from the beginning, including all relevant examinations.

  • Certification Cost Breakdown
  • Certification Application Fee
  • Certification Renewal Fee
  • Member Pricing
  • $345
  • $290
  • Non-Member Pricing
  • $515
  • $440

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