Illinois law requires every irrigation contractor to have at least one employee on staff that has successfully completed the initial 16-hour certification course. As long as that employee remains with your company, the 16-hour course does not need to be retaken. If that employee leaves your company, you have to have another employee complete the 16-hour training certification.

Each subsequent year following completion of the 16-hour initial training, a 4-hour refresher course must be completed. If you do not complete this 4-hour refresher course annually and file the appropriate paperwork with the Illinois Department of Public Health, you are at risk of losing your license and registration to do irrigation work in Illinois. 

InvigorateU offers four 4-hour IDPH-approved courses that count towards your annual requirements. If your company still needs to take the initial 16-hour course, you may take all four courses to fulfill the requirements.

As a leader in the irrigation industry, IGIA is excited to partner with Hunter Industries to provide high quality training that meets your continuing education needs. 

Irrigation Training Presented & Sponsored By:
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Course Instructor
GreggGregg Roesink
Product Training Specialist
Hunter Industries

Gregg Roesink is a graduate of San Diego State University and has worked for Hunter Industries for over two years. Before that, he worked in landscape architecture, water management, landscape contracting and as an irrigation technician. With over 16 years in the industry, water conservation and high efficient irrigation design has become a passion of his along with an occasional dive into the creative realm of landscape lighting design and installation. His role at Hunter is the Product Training Specialist and is responsible for Hunter University Instructor led trainings nationwide. Gregg carries accolades that include Certified Landscape Irrigation Auditor (CLIA), Certified Irrigation Technician (CIT), Landscape Industry Certified Technician (LICT), Qualified Water Efficient Landscaper (QWEL), and Recycled Water Site Supervisor (RWSS).

Tuesday, January 21

8:00am - 12:00pm
Low Voltage Electrical Troubleshooting (4 CEUs)

Course Outline
  • Basic electrical terms and how they relate to water
  • Understanding and using various tools required to accomplish the objectives
    • Use of Digital Volt-Ohm Meter
    • Use of Digital Milliamp Clamp-On Meter
  • Understanding the following circuits
    • Single zone
    • Multi zone
    • Parallel
    • Series
  • Understanding how water pressure will effect electrical requirements
  • Understanding and identifying field wire problems
    • Open
    • Partial
    • Shorts
    • Tying it all together

1:00pm - 5:00pm
*NEW in 2020* The Wonderful World of Wi-Fi (4 CEUs)

Course Outline

  • Quick dive into the history of non-connected Smart Controller technology
    • Evolution of controller technology
    • What makes a controller “Smart”
  • Water savings opportunities
    • Automatic schedule adjustments
    • Weather sensing and forecast technology
  • The power of putting that smart controller technology in your pocket (Web connection)
    • Connection to phones tablets and computers
    • Changes on the go
    • Minimizing time on-sit
  • Competitive advantage of connected devices
    • Business growth opportunity
    • Water management
    • Manage Users and Customers
  • What is available on the market now
    • Discuss controller options on the market today
  • How they communicate
    • Cloud connected Vs. Web connected
    • Understanding the bridge network of communication from user to Controller
  • Understanding Wi-Fi
    • Understanding Signal types (2.4 & 5)
    • Open network vs. password protected
    • Signal strengths & signal extenders
    • Wi-Fi requirements needed for Hydrawise hardware
  • Getting connected
    • Wi-Fi signal strength
    • Wi-Fi network & password
  • Hardware & Network connection
    • Wi-Fi signal strength
    • Wi-Fi network & password
    • Hardware & Network connection
  • Troubleshooting Wi-Fi connection
    • Signal Strength, RSSI & range extenders
    • Security settings (firewalls) MAC address
    • Speaking the IoT language
  • Demand in the market and selling
    • Defining monitoring to your customer
    • Understanding events & Alerts (what you need to stay on top of)
    • Marketing to your existing customer base (tools Hunter offer to help you scale
    • Example of a few success stories

Wednesday, January 22

8:00am - 12:00pm
Drip Design & Scheduling for Urban Landscapes (4 CEUs)

Course Outline

  • When should drip be used
  • Types of drip
    • In-Line
    • Point Source
  • Choosing the right emitter for the right application
    • Plant spacing
    • Soil type
  • Things to consider
    • Pressure
      • Static
      • Dynamic
    • Pipe sizing
    • Valve sizing
  • Layout
  • Scheduling
    • Soil, Water & Plant relationship
      • In-Line
      • Point Source
  • Troubleshooting
  • Maintenance

1:00pm - 5:00pm
Overhead Irrigation Components & Design (4 CEUs)

Course Outline

  • Types of overhead irrigation and how efficient they are
    • Impact
    • Rotor
    • Spray
    • Multi-Stream, Multi-Trajectory Rotor
  • Things to consider
    • Pressure
      • Static
      • Dynamic
      • Water hammer
  • Pipe sizing
  • Valve sizing
  • Matching precipitation rates
  • Layout
  • Preventing run-off
    • Determining soil type
    • In-take rates
  • Scheduling
    • ET
    • Soil, Water & Plant relationship