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QWEL (Qualified Water Efficient Landscaper) Training Program

October 15 @ 8:00 am - October 16 @ 5:00 pm

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QWEL was created in 2007 by the Sonoma-Marin Saving Water Partnership and has been modified to meet the needs of Nevadans. The training was designed to provide an affordable, proactive and local approach to reducing landscape water demands, as well as share the knowledge of water efficient and sustainable landscape principles.  This program is EPA certified through the WaterSense program.

The training will provide participants with local water, soil and plant information, basic and advanced irrigation principles and hands-on water audit skills they can use in the field.

Participants can take the 21-hour training course just for the knowledge, or they can also take the exam to obtain certification. Upon certification, professionals will need to continue their education with at least 2 continuing education units per year to uphold their certification.

Why get a QWEL certification?

With the continued need to reduce water use and create a more sustainable landscape, certified professionals will be making progressive strides to earn the knowledge and practical skills to meet this need.

Being that QWEL is EPA certified, participants who QWEL certify will not only be part of the directory of qualified professionals, but will also be listed as certified professionals in a searchable database on the WaterSense website. Certified QWEL professionals can use the logo on their trucks and business cards as a means of marketing their qualifications with their customers.

Program Details:


  • Training: Oct. 15-16, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Check in at 7:45 a.m. on Oct. 15)
    • Lunch will be provided.
  • Water Audit (9:30 a.m. to 12 p.m.) and Exam (1 p.m. to 4 p.m.): Oct. 17
    • Lunch will be provided.


  • Training (includes Water Audit, class supplies and refreshments/food): $100
  • Exam to become certified: $50


UNR Cooperative Extension Washoe County Office at 4955 Energy Way in Reno, NV.


Registration is a two step process:

  1. Register at QWEL.
  2. Reigster on to pay.

Program Contact:

Jenn Fisher, commercial horticulture program coordinator



Training is co-sponsored by Truckee Meadows Water Authority and the Nevada Landscape Association.


October 15 @ 8:00 am
October 16 @ 5:00 pm
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Jenn Fisher


Washoe Coopeartive Extension Office
4955 Energy Way
Reno, NV 89502
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