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Qualified Water Efficient Landscaper (QWEL) training and certification is coming Fall 2018 to northern Nevada.

What is Qualified Water Efficient Landscaper (QWEL)?

QWEL began in California in 2007 by the Sonoma-Marin Saving Water Partnership representing 11 water utilities in both Sonoma and Marin counties. 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. The program covers the following topics:

  • Where Your Water Comes From
  • Sustainable Landscaping
  • Soils
  • Landscape Water
  • Irrigation Systems
  • Irrigation Maintenance & Trouble Shooting
  • Irrigation System Auditing
  • Irrigation Scheduling
  • Irrigation Controllers
  • Bringing it all Together

Participants can take the 21 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 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:


Oct. 15-17, times TBD


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


Registration will open September 1, 2018.

Program Contact:

Jenn Fisher, commercial horticulture program coordinator




Persons in need of special accommodations or assistance must call or notify Jenn Fisher at 775-336-0249 or fisherj@unce.unr.edu at least three days prior to the scheduled class.