You Are Here: Home > Training > Press Releases

Rain Bird Academy News

For Immediate Release

RAIN BIRD SERVICES TO HOST CERTIFIED IRRIGATION TECHNICIAN PREP CLASSES AND EXAMS IN MORE THAN 30 LOCATIONS NATIONWIDE

TUCSON, Ariz. (December 11, 2013) — Rain Bird Services has scheduled the Rain Bird Academy Boot Camp, a review for the Irrigation Association’s CIT exam, in more than 30 U.S. locations from December 2013 to April 2014.  At the end of each four-and-a-half-day Boot Camp, Rain Bird Services will host the Irrigation Association’s (IA) Certified Irrigation Technician (CIT) exam. 

Rain Bird Services is kicking off the campaign by offering a 15% discount to individuals who enroll in this series of Boot Camp classes (Promo Code: RainBirdCIT) by March 1, 2014.  The Irrigation Association is offering a discount on the CIT exam, good for those who register for the exam by March 31, 2014.  Please contact the IA for details.

“We’re excited to work with organizations like Rain Bird that help candidates review for the CIT and then host the exam,” said Sherrie Schulte, certification director for the Irrigation Association. “By working together to train and certify irrigation technicians, we’re able to improve the level of professionalism within our industry. It’s truly a win-win situation.” 

“It’s always been Rain Bird Services’ goal to provide the best possible training in the industry,” said Paul Lierheimer, director of Rain Bird’s Contractor Division. “By working with the IA, we’re able to help irrigation professionals at all skill levels improve their career prospects and better serve their current and future customers.”

Unlike many other irrigation-training organizations, Rain Bird Academy classes are open to all participants, not just companies that buy Rain Bird products. “We only sell training that benefits all attendees, regardless of the products they choose to purchase and install,” said Robert Pfeil, marketing group manager for Rain Bird Services. “Our Rain Bird Academy programs focus squarely on the needs of the contractor—not on selling Rain Bird products.  This pleasantly surprises many people the first time they take a Rain Bird Academy class.” 

For almost 10 years, Rain Bird Services has offered best-in-class general irrigation classes, as well as training on irrigation products from various manufacturers.  The four-and-a-half-day Boot Camp provides valuable hands-on experience for those wanting to learn irrigation or for those that want to learn new tricks of the trade. In less than a week, participants can learn installation, maintenance and basic design of residential and small commercial irrigation systems.  The Boot Camp consists of four classes:

  • Introduction to Irrigation and Installation – (one day)
  • Irrigation Technician’s Course – (two days)
  • Landscape Irrigation Design Process – (one day)
  • Efficient Irrigation Scheduling – (one-half day)

The tentative Boot Camp/CIT training schedule is as follows:

2013

  • Las Vegas, NV; Dec. 9-13, 2013
  • San Diego, CA; Dec. 16-20, 2013
  • Nashville, TN; Dec. 16-20, 2013

2014

  • Dublin, CA; Jan. 6-9, 2014
  • Norfolk, VA; Jan. 6-10, 2014
  • Meridian, ID; Jan. 6-10, 2014
  • Green Bay, WI; Jan. 14-17, 2014
  • Atlantic City, NJ; Jan. 20-24, 2014
  • Chicago, IL; Jan. 27-31, 2014
  • Atlanta, GA; Feb. 3-7, 2014
  • Portland, OR; Feb. 3-7, 2014
  • Washington, DC; Feb. 10-14, 2014
  • East Hartford, Connecticut; Feb. 10-14, 2014
  • Long Island, NY; Feb. 17-21, 2014
  • Burlington, IA; Feb. 24-28, 2014
  • Salt Lake City, UT; Mar. 3-7, 2014
  • Huntsville, AL; Mar. 3-7, 2014
  • Oklahoma City, OK; Mar. 3-7, 2014
  • Little Rock, AR; Mar. 10-14, 2014
  • Denver, CO; Mar. 10-14, 2014
  • St. Louis, MO; Mar. 17-21, 2014
  • Atlanta, GA; Mar. 17-21, 2014
  • Denver, CO; Mar. 17-21, 2014
  • Seattle, WA; Mar. 24-28, 2014
  • Cleveland, OH; Mar. 31-Apr. 4, 2014
  • Albuquerque, NM; Mar. 31-Apr. 4, 2014
  • Dublin, CA; Apr. 7-11, 2014
  • Charlotte, NC; Apr. 7-11, 2014
  • Tucson, AZ; Apr. 14-18, 2014

Rain Bird Academy classes follow the Irrigation Association’s best management practices, and all Rain Bird Academy instructors are IA-certified.  Rain Bird Services encourages people to sign-up for classes early, as events can sell out. 

“Our classes are meant to prepare you to be an irrigation professional and review for the CIT exam, but no one is guaranteed to pass the exam,” said Jeremy Mansell, senior technical trainer for Rain Bird Services. “We cover all of the functional areas covered in the CIT outline, but passing the exam is up to each person’s preparation and experience.”

Rain Bird Training Services’ Professional and Regional Training Camps have helped irrigation and landscape professionals expand their skill sets and increase their marketability within the industry.  To register for an event or to learn more about Rain Bird Academy training camps available throughout the United States and internationally, visit www.rainbirdservices.com/training or call 1-800-498-1942.

ABOUT RAIN BIRD SERVICES:

Rain Bird Services is a division of Rain Bird International, Inc., a privately-held company and the leading manufacturer and provider of irrigation products and services. Through its Rain Bird Academy, Rain Bird Factory Trained and Customized Training Programs, Rain Bird Services offers a comprehensive selection of irrigation training courses and workshops for the golf course superintendent, landscape contractor, irrigation technician, distributor, business owner, architect/specifier, water conservation practitioner and green industry professional.  Rain Bird Services is leading the way in the development of irrigation professionals. For more information, please visit us on the web: http://www.rainbirdservices.com/index.htm 

###