- Certified Irrigation Professionals
- What is Certification?
- Benefits of Certification
- Certification Renewal
Certified Irrigation Professionals
Certified Irrigation Professionals are people who are certified in IAL’s Certification Program in one or more of the seven areas of certification. The IAL is working towards a future for irrigation in Australia where all irrigation systems are:
- developed by Certified Irrigation Designers
- installed by Certified Irrigation Contractors or Installers
- run by Certified Irrigation Operators or Managers, with
- product advice from Certified Irrigation Retailers and Agronomists.
Certification is an industry-owned and managed recognition scheme. Recognition of skills and experience of personnel is essential if we as an industry are to be part of the solution of sustainable water use, rather than part of the problem of water shortage.
By becoming a certified irrigation professional, you’ll be helping to lift the skills, knowledge and standards of the whole industry – which in turn will help the irrigation industry control its own future and become more sustainable. There are personal benefits too – as a certified irrigation professional you’ll gain recognition for your skills and better prospects for your future career.
Certification is also bound by a Code of Conduct for Certified Irrigation Professionals to ensure the ongoing integrity, knowledge and compliance with industry standards. Should you have any complaints regarding work carried out by a certified professional, please review the Complaints Procedure for best approach to resolve your dispute.
To view online training visit the Upcoming Courses & Workshops page.
What is Certification?
Certification is a voluntary, national program of industry recognition covering 8 occupations of designing, contracting, installing, operating, managing, retailing, providing advice and auditing.
Certification identifies the minimum skills and knowledge for people working in these occupations so as to perform their job to the satisfaction of water managers and customers.
Certification works regardless of irrigation system type, crop grown or region, for both rural and urban areas. The skills can even be negotiated to better suit particular industries.
Certification is the best opportunity to take the industry forward to a more sustainable future.
Certification is often confused with qualifications, accreditation and licensing. The two following tables will help you to differentiate between the each of these different but related concepts.
|Type of credential||Recipient||Credentialing body||Required or Voluntary||Example||Lifespan||Consumer protection|
|Licensing||Individuals||Political body||Required||Driver’s licence||Periodic renewal||Can be withdrawn for misconduct|
|Accreditation||Programs / organisations||Association / agency||Voluntary||Quality assurance programs||Periodic renewal||Regular auditsCan be withdrawn for misconduct|
|Certification||Individuals||Association / Agency||Voluntary||IAL CIDCPA||Periodic renewal||Regular skills updatesCan be withdrawn for misconduct|
|Qualification||Individual||Training group||Voluntary||Degree/diploma||No renewal||None|
Table 1 IAL standard definitions for professional development
|Qualifications are developed and awarded by training institutions||Certification programs are developed and credentials bestowed by an industry associationStandards may be higher than those of a qualification|
|Qualifications can be gained by school leavers or new entrants to the industry||Certification is for experienced people only|
|Qualifications are gained for life, there is no further learning required||Certification is only renewed if a person is active in their industry, keeping their knowledge and skills up to date|
|Qualifications cannot be taken away||Certification can be revoked if accepted industry codes or standards are not met|
Table 2 How certification adds value to academic and vocational qualifications
Benefits of Certification
Certification provides differentiation of irrigation professionals committed to best practice and professionalism of the industry at large. The ability to use certification to recognise and differentiate skilled and committed people will benefit:
- Certified individuals expressing their commitment to excellence by participating in a process to assess their knowledge can be confident that they are doing the job right and this can bring advancement and recognition.
- Certified Irrigation Designers can use a special logo on their letterhead and on designs. All certified personnel are listed on IAL’s national database.
- Employers – knowing that staff members who are certified have the skills for the occupation.
- Job seekers – certification can provide young people and other job seekers with national industry recognition of skills and knowledge, and improved career pathways.
- Irrigation businesses – by insisting on using certified personnel they are practising sound risk management.
- Project managers – one-step identification of skilled industry personnel. Some specifiers and purchasers are stipulating in their tender documents that irrigation system plans are to be signed by a Certified Irrigation Designer.
- The irrigation industry – can grow more professional as a result of gaining, recognising and documenting the skills for each occupation. As more and more people become certified the level of professionalism in the irrigation industry will continue to improve.
- The environment – will be better off as well-informed irrigation practice can reduce water use and prevent inappropriate run-off and deep percolation that can damage aquifers and waterways.
- Consumers – will know when they use a certified irrigation specialist to install or run their systems, that those people have the skills to install or operate or manage a system efficiently, effectively and with least environmental impact.
By requiring a regular re-certification process IAL is ensuring that certified personnel remain active in the industry and are keeping their knowledge and skills up-to-date. People who demonstrate this by earning the required CPD points in the required timeframe will maintain their active status. Those failing to earn the required CPD points will be considered non-active.
There are two different, though similar, sets of CPD guidelines, one set for Certified Irrigation Designers which are assessed annually and another for all remaining certifications, assessed every two years.
IAL will conduct random audits of 5% of all CPD returns each year.
CPD Requirements for Certification (Except Certified Irrigation Designer – See Below)
- Remain active in industry in area related to the certification.
- Require evidence for 10 points every two years.
- Renewal fee $260 for members or $400 for non-members.
|Activity||Description||Points and Evidence|
|Attend an irrigation short course, seminar or in-house training||These include courses, short courses, or seminars, which might be held in conjunction with trade shows or field days. The IAL, professional associations or societies, universities, colleges or technical institutes, manufacturers or distributors or part of an in-house training program, may conduct these courses.||2 points per full day of attendance. All IAL & external programmes will be reviewed by the (PDC) and awarded points per course. A symbol such as the CPD point logo will be sent to each course provider to include in their promotion of course.Provide a certificate of attendance or other evidence of involvement/attendance|
|Attend a formal irrigation course conducted by a college, university or technical institute||Course work must be offered by an accredited institution and be irrigation related and/or applicable to the job description.||10 points for achievement of each unit of competency (Statement of Attainment), university unit or equivalent. Provide a transcript for evidence|
|Attend an irrigation conference, trade show, field day or meeting with published agenda||The IAL, professional associations or societies, universities, colleges or technical institutes, manufacturers or distributors or part of an in-house training program, may sponsor these events.||1 point per day up to 3 points|
|Membership of the IAL and/or subscription to the IAL journal or equivalent||Membership of the IAL or subscription to Irrigation Australia, the IAL journal||1 point for each year of the preceding 2 to a max of 2 points|
|Exceptional activities||Activities that do not fail into any of the previous categories may be submitted for the management committee for review. It will be up to the committee to decide how many units will be awarded. Should be related to your particular certifications or certifications.Activities might include overseas study tour or industry leadership activities.Writing a grant or proposal is not allowed toward points.||A maximum of 10 points can be earned in this category.|
|Gain a further certification||20 points|
|Inactive status||Renewals are due 1 October. If no renewal is received by the following January you will be considered no longer certified until this is rectified.|
CPD Requirements for Certified Irrigation Designers
- 10 points are needed each year no matter how many CID credentials you have. Points awarded above 10 (to a maximum of 10 points) can be accrued to the next year.
- Renewal fee $135 including GST for Members, and $165 including GST for NON Members
|Attend an irrigation short course, seminar or in-house training||These include courses, short courses, or seminars, which might be held in conjunction with trade shows or field days. The IAL, professional associations or societies, universities, colleges or technical institutes, manufacturers or distributers or part of an in-house training program, may conduct these courses.||2 points per full day of attendance. All IAL & external programmes will be reviewed by the (PDC) and awarded points per course. A symbol such as the CPD point logo will be sent to each course provider to include in their promotion of course.Provide a certificate of attendance or other evidence of involvement/attendance.|
|Teach or present an irrigation paper at a short course, seminar, technical conference, or in-house training class.||Prepare and teach new course material or a paper. Only the initial submission will be allowed when teaching a course or presenting a paper repeatedly. The IAL, professional associations or societies, universities, colleges or technical institutes, manufacturers or distributors or part of an in-house training program, may conduct these courses.||2 points per full day of participation.|
|Attend an irrigation course at a college, university or technical institute||Course work must be offered by an accredited institution and be irrigation related and/or applicable to the job description.||2 points per full day of attendanceEvidence or support material confirming attendance required.|
|Teach an irrigation course at a college, university or technical institute||For teaching new course material. Only the initial submission will allowed when teaching a course repeatedly.||2 points per full day of participation|
|Attend an irrigation trade show, field day or meeting with published agenda||The IAL, professional associations or societies, universities, colleges or technical institutes, manufacturers or distributors or part of an in-house training program, may sponsor these events.||1/2 point per full day of attendance.|
|Successfully complete certification examinations||Points will be given for each certification exam taken and passed. For IAL certification examinations, 10 points will be given for each successfully completed exam. Certifications from other organisations and agencies will be considered on a case-by-case basis.||10 points per certification exam passed|
|Supervise CID Exams||Points will be given for each certification exam session supervised.||1 point per exam supervised.|
|Undertake new irrigation design||Designs must be new designs done in the year of submission and carry your CID registration number.||1 point per 5 different designs to a max. of 4 points|
|Membership of the IAL or subscription to the IAL journal||Membership of the IAL or subscription to Irrigation Australia, the IAL journal||1 point per year up to maximum of 2 points|
|Exceptional activities||Activities that do not fall into any of the previous categories may be submitted for the management committee for review. It will be up to the committee to decide how many units will be awarded. Some of these activities might include writing irrigation textbooks, serving as committee or IAL board members, and metricating articles for the study manuals. A maximum of 50 percent of required points can be earned in this category. Writing a grant or proposal is not allowed toward points.|
|Inactive status||Certified Irrigation Designers who do not renew are considered to be non-active and are not permitted to use their CID 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 CEUs to cover the inactive period. If the inactive period is for more than three years, the certification is forfeited and re-certification will require that the applicant will have to start the certification process over from the beginning, including all relevant CID examinations.|