Rain Bird to host irrigation training events across the U.S.

October 4, 2016 -  By

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Rain Bird Training Services will host more than 70 irrigation training events throughout the U.S. from October through May.

Classes are open to irrigation professionals at all experience levels, including contractors, distributors, designers and architects. All Rain Bird training classes count toward continuing education units from the Irrigation Association (IA).

“Quality irrigation training has never been as important as it is today,” said Paul Lierheimer, director of Rain Bird’s Contractor Division. “As the world faces ongoing water issues, irrigation professionals must have the knowledge to help homeowners, businesses, sports fields, parks and golf courses enjoy healthy, beautiful turf with less water. Our training curriculum gives them the information they need to do just that.”

Rain Bird Training Services offers two different training programs—Rain Bird Factory Trained and Rain Bird Academy—to help irrigation professionals enhance their skill sets, become better water managers and improve their career prospects.

Rain Bird Factory Trained classes provide training on Rain Bird products and help attendees become experts on installing, managing and maintaining Rain Bird irrigation systems.

Rain Bird Services will host 33 Factory Trained classes during the 2016-2017 training season, with classes focusing on managing landscape irrigation with Maxicom or IQ Series central control systems. Due to the hands-on nature of these classes, space is limited.

Rain Bird Academy classes provide general irrigation skills training on products from various manufacturers. This training track includes Rain Bird’s Boot Camp classes, which are endorsed as “IA Select” courses. This training season will also feature a new course in the Boot Camp series: Irrigation Bidding & Estimating.

Rain Bird Academy classes are also available to prepare individuals for the IA’s certification exams, including irrigation technician, certified landscape irrigation auditor, certified golf irrigation auditor, certified irrigation designer and certified irrigation consultant.

Rain Bird Services also offers on-site, customized training for medium and large irrigation contractors, public agencies and irrigation distributors.

“Customized training can be a great cost-saving option for organizations that need to train larger groups on specific products and practices,” said John Sais, senior technical trainer for Rain Bird Services. “It’s also logistically easier than organizing training and travel arrangements for many individuals at different skill levels.”


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