Irrigation 101: Introduction To Irrigation and Sprinklers

Course 1of Pro Irrigation Training's "Irrigation 101" series. Learn all the basics of Irrigation.
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  • Lectures 30
  • Length 1.5 hours
  • Skill Level Beginner Level
  • Languages English
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Published 1/2015 English

Course Description

Introduction To Irrigation And Sprinkler Systems is the first course in a 10 course series. New hires in the irrigation or landscaping business will want to take our "Irrigation and Sprinkler System 101" courses to get a proper fundamental education of the concepts and components that make up a sprinkler system. Homeowners or gardeners will also benefit from an understanding of their own sprinkler systems.

Start at the beginning with irrigation concepts, system design basics and water hydraulics. We wrap up this free course with some real world skills that you'll use frequently in the field; using a 5 gallon bucket test to measure flow, and measuring elevation change and slope percentage.

An hour and a half of video instruction also includes a 22 page PDF download of all material covered. Lifetime access to all the course videos and downloads insures that you can revisit any info in the field from your smartphone. Begin a program of professional development in green industry with courses from Pro Irrigation Training. You'll learn the basics of irrigation and start a proper education that will get you started earning money.

What are the requirements?

  • No prior knowledge or experience needed. This course lays the foundation for more specific courses.

What am I going to get from this course?

  • Know the history and modern uses of irrigation, understand the basic concepts and definitions of the industry, pick the proper type of system configuration, and use basic knowledge of water hydraulics.

Who is the target audience?

  • This course is designed for someone already working in or seeking to work in the Landscaping or related industries. People that directly or indirectly deal with sprinkler systems can complete their foundational knowledge and earn more as they add new skills. A homeowner that spends a lot of time in their garden or landscape may want to understand the concepts behind their own sprinkler system.

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30 day money back guarantee.

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Certificate of completion.


Section 1: Introduction To Pro Irrigation Training
Who we are and what we do
Section 2: Introduction To Irrigation

We'll consider the ancient methods and the importance of irrigation to civilization.


Advances in the last century have led to amazing new developments in landscaping and agriculture.


Understand the benefits of using sprinkler systems as well as the potential for waste.


We'll cover the ways that we assist nature while striving to conserve our resources.

Conclusion of Section 2
4 questions

Questions about The history, modern uses, environmental impact and goals of irrigation.

Section 3: Irrigation Concepts and Definitions

Know the difference in two terms that are the foundational goals of an irrigation technician or end-user.


Identify the 3 basic soil types


The rate at which water soaks into a property's soil informs us of the type of equipment to install.


Understanding this concept is crucial to scheduling a sprinkler system.


Understanding and having a target precipitation rate helps select the proper sprinklers and nozzles.

Conclusion To Section 3
5 questions

Quiz Description

Section 4: Sprinkler System Design

A quick discussion of residential, commercial, and agricultural systems.


Using a dedicated meter to supply the sprinklers.


Tapping into the main water line from the street to the house.


Many systems are supplied by tapping into a house's plumbing system.


Centrifugal or jet pumps can pull water from a lake or pond and pressurize it for use in a sprinkler system.


Wells can be used for supplying sprinkler systems.


Grouping valves together can be advantageous for some systems.


Another method places the valves in the area that they are going to supply.


There is a proper order for all of the components that can be installed on a system.

Conclusion To Section 4
3 questions

Quiz Description

Section 5: Simplified Water Hydraulics

We'll examine how pumps and elevation change affect pressure in a closed system.


Learn how to measure and calculate Flow, and it's relation to pressure and velocity.


The speed of water flowing through a pipe can have an affect on it's pressure and flow.


We'll consider the 4 factors that affect Friction Loss in pipes.


The example of water flowing through a garden hose is used to help explain Water Hydraulics.


Use a combo gauge or 5 gallon bucket test to determine available water flow.


Step-by-step instructions on measuring vertical elevation and slope percentage.

Conclusion To Section 5
6 questions
Quiz Description

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Instructor Biography

Michael Haynes, Instructor at Pro Irrigation Training

I've owned two irrigation contracting companies over the last 14 years, and still own and operate All Green Irrigation of Columbia, SC. My experience in the business covers the entire range of positions from trench digger to owner, and I've installed and repaired every type and configuration (except for golf courses) of irrigation system. Over the years, I've trained many technicians, and always wished that there was a training system that I could plug a new hire into to get them up and running with fundamental knowledge. Pro Irrigation Training is the answer to that need.

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