Irrigation 101: Introduction To Irrigation and Sprinklers
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Irrigation 101: Introduction To Irrigation and Sprinklers

Course 1 of Pro Irrigation Training's "Irrigation 101" series. Learn all the basics of Irrigation.
4.4 (136 ratings)
Instead of using a simple lifetime average, Udemy calculates a course's star rating by considering a number of different factors such as the number of ratings, the age of ratings, and the likelihood of fraudulent ratings.
3,300 students enrolled
Created by Michael Haynes
Last updated 4/2017
Price: Free
  • 2 hours on-demand video
  • 4 Articles
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • 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.
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  • No prior knowledge or experience needed. This course lays the foundation for more specific courses.

Introduction To Irrigation And Sprinkler Systems is the first course in our 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. All measurements used are Imperial or American Standard, that is; inches, feet, gallons, etc. 

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.

Who is the target audience?
  • This course is designed for someone already working in or seeking to work in the Landscaping or related industries. All measurements used are Imperial, or American Standard, that is; inches, feet, gallons, etc. 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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Curriculum For This Course
30 Lectures
Introduction To Pro Irrigation Training
1 Lecture 03:34
Introduction To The Course
Introduction To Irrigation
5 Lectures 28:04

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

History of Irrigation

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

Modern Uses Of Irrigation

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

Environmental Impact

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

Goals of Irrigation

Conclusion of Section 2

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

Section 2 Quiz
4 questions
Irrigation Concepts and Definitions
6 Lectures 20:09

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

Uniformity and Efficiency

Identify the 3 basic soil types

Soil Types

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

Intake Rates

Understanding this concept is crucial to scheduling a sprinkler system.


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

Precipitation Rate

Conclusion To Section 3

Quiz Description

Section 3 Quiz
5 questions
Sprinkler System Design
10 Lectures 21:07

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

3 Classifications of Sprinkler Systems

Using a dedicated meter to supply the sprinklers.

Two Meter Configuration

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

One Meter - House Mainline Tap Configuration

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

Under House Plumbing Tap Configuration

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

Lake Pump Configuration

Wells can be used for supplying sprinkler systems.

Water Well Configuration

Grouping valves together can be advantageous for some systems.

Valve Manifold Configuration

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

Valve Satellite Configuration

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

Order Of Components In A Sprinkler system

Conclusion To Section 4

Quiz Description

Section 4 Quiz
3 questions
Simplified Water Hydraulics
8 Lectures 38:42

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.

Friction Loss

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

Real World Example

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

How To Measure Flow

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

How To Measure Elevation and Slope

Conclusion To Section 5

Quiz Description
Section 5 Quiz
6 questions
About the Instructor
Michael Haynes
4.4 Average rating
147 Reviews
3,349 Students
4 Courses
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.