Water Efficiency Landscape Dual Certification Program

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CLCA Increases Efforts In Water Efficiency By Offering Two Nationally Recognized Industry Certifications With One Course and One Written Test

The California Landscape Contractors Association and Metropolitan Water District of Southern California now offer a one-of-a-kind certification and educational opportunity for landscape professionals in Southern California. This joint effort combines the CLCA Water Management Certification Program with the Qualified Water Efficient Landscaper program to offer the landscape industry an opportunity to obtain two nationally recognized EPA WaterSense Professional Certifications with one course and one written test.

These four-week courses are open to anyone interested in earning the CWM and QWEL certifications. The combined curriculum focuses on landscaping fundamentals in one convenient course and includes topics like:

  • Where Our Water Comes From
  • Sustainable Landscaping
  • Landscape Water
  • Soils
  • Irrigation Systems
  • Irrigation Maintenance & Trouble Shooting
  • Irrigation System Auditing
  • Irrigation Scheduling
  • Irrigation Controllers
  • Landscape Water Management
  • Landscape Water Budgeting

Water Efficiency Landscape Dual Certification Program

Upcoming Courses


Perris courses previously scheduled for April 14, 21, 28 and May 5 are postponed, with new dates TBA.

Santa Ana

Santa Ana courses previously scheduled for May 6, 13, 20 and 27 are postponed, with new dates TBA.

Thanks to a special grant from Metropolitan, this exclusive course (a $450 value) is free. A $50 deposit is required to secure each applicant’s seat for an upcoming course (all four selected workshop dates).
A deposit refund is available once an applicant meets two requirements:
  • Attends at least 90 percent of the four classes (missing no more than two instructional hours)
  • Enrolls a landscape site to manage in CLCA’s water budgeting software
If an applicant does not meet all requirements, the deposit is non-refundable.
Applicants must submit a registration cancelation in writing to CLCA no less than 10 days before the first class or deposit is non-refundable.
Written exam retakes will be available at a rate of $25 per attempt (non-refundable) for applicants that did not pass the initial written exam with a minimum score of 70 percent. Written exam retake dates and times must be coordinated with CLCA administration in advance.