What is QWEL?
Qualified Water Efficient Landscaper (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.
QWEL 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. The program covers the following topics:
- Where Our Water Comes From
- Sustainable Landscaping
- Landscape Water
- Irrigation Systems
- Irrigation Maintenance & Troubleshooting
- Irrigation System Auditing
- Irrigation Scheduling
- Irrigation Controllers
Participants can take the 18-hour training course just for the knowledge, or they can also take the exam to obtain a 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 QWEL.net 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.
Training is co-sponsored by Truckee Meadows Water Authority and the Nevada Landscape Association
- Training Program $100 (includes Water Audit, reference manual, class supplies and refreshments/food)
- Exam $50 (to be certified)
Registration is a two step process:
- Registration is closed.
Persons in need of special accommodations or assistance must call or notify Heidi Kratsch at 775-784-4848 at least three days prior to the scheduled class.