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LEARN IRRIGATION INSTALLATION AND MAINTENANCE SKILLS
AT RAIN BIRD ACADEMY’S FOUR-DAY BOOTCAMPS

TUCSON, Ariz. (September 6, 2011) — In these challenging economic times, landscape contractors are exploring new ways to increase their revenue-generating potential. Now, Rain Bird Services Corporation is making it possible for contractors to begin offering irrigation services in less than a week after attending Rain Bird Academy’s four-day Boot Camps.

Rain Bird Academy’s Boot Camps feature expert instruction on the newest irrigation design, installation, maintenance and troubleshooting methods. Full-time, professional irrigation instructors incorporate products from a variety of manufacturers into the training classes, ensuring that students can handle most residential irrigation situations. According to Jeremy Mansell, senior technical trainer for Rain Bird Services Corporation, these Boot Camps are ideal for beginners.

“The Boot Camp’s courses build upon each other so that contractors will have a good basic knowledge of irrigation in just a few days,” Mansell said. “We start out with an introduction to irrigation and then our instructors walk attendees through installation basics. After that, we spend two full days on maintenance and troubleshooting. The camps conclude with a full day of irrigation design for residential and light commercial properties.” 

By adding irrigation installation to their list of services, contractors can not only expand their field of prospective customers, but they can also build upon their current customer relationships. Offering this additional service creates opportunities for contractors to cross-sell existing customers on other services like lawn care, landscaping and snow removal.

Robert Pfeil, manager of training services for Rain Bird Services Corporation, says that contractors who attempt to start offering irrigation services without proper training often find that the learning curve can lead to costly mistakes in the field and call-backs that eat away at profits.

“We realize that there are many contractors out there who haven’t received any formal training for one reason or another,” Pfeil said. “That’s why we’ve made our Boot Camps both easy and affordable for contractors to attend. We believe that being an irrigation contractor is not just a job—it’s a profession on the same level as electricians and plumbers. By raising the level of irrigation services being provided in the field, we can also raise the level of professionalism in the industry.”   

Organized alphabetically by city name, the following list details all of Rain Bird Academy’s four-day Boot Camps currently scheduled from October 2011 to April 2012:

  • Albuquerque, NM (Tuesday, February 21, 2012 - Friday, February 24, 2012)
  • Asheville, NC (Monday, November 07, 2011 - Thursday, November 10, 2011)
  • Atlanta, GA (Tuesday, February 21, 2012 - Friday, February 24, 2012)
  • Atlantic City, NJ (Monday, January 23, 2012 - Friday, January 27, 2012)
  • Birmingham, AL (Monday, November 14, 2011 - Friday, November 18, 2011)
  • Bozeman, MT (Monday, November 07, 2011 - Thursday, November 10, 2011)
  • Charleston, SC (Monday, February 13, 2012 - Friday, February 17, 2012)
  • Chicago, IL (Monday, March 05, 2012 - Friday, March 09, 2012)
  • Cincinnati, OH (Monday, January 30, 2012 - Thursday, February 02, 2012)
  • Claremont, CA (Monday, October 24, 2011 - Friday, October 28, 2011)
  • Cleveland, OH (Monday, February 27, 2012 - Friday, March 02, 2012)
  • Conway, AR (Monday, October 24, 2011 - Thursday, October 27, 2011)
  • Denver, CO (Monday, February 06, 2012 - Friday, February 10, 2012)
  • Detroit, MI (Monday, March 19, 2012 - Thursday, March 22, 2012)
  • Fresno, CA (Monday, April 23, 2012 - Thursday, April 26, 2012)
  • Huntsville, AL (Monday, March 12, 2012 - Thursday, March 15, 2012)
  • Kansas City, MO (Monday, February 13, 2012 - Thursday, February 16, 2012)
  • Las Vegas, NV (Monday, December 12, 2011 - Friday, December 16, 2011)
  • Memphis, TN (Monday, October 31, 2011 - Friday, November 04, 2011)
  • Meridian, ID (Tuesday, January 17, 2012 - Friday, January 20, 2012)
  • Norfolk, VA (Monday, March 05, 2012 - Thursday, March 08, 2012)
  • Oklahoma City, OK (Monday, February 27, 2012 - Friday, March 02, 2012)
  • Omaha, NE (Tuesday, January 17, 2012 - Friday, January 20, 2012)
  • Pensacola, FL (Monday, February 06, 2012 - Friday, February 10, 2012)
  • Portland, OR (Monday, January 09, 2012 - Friday, January 13, 2012)
  • Raleigh, NC (Monday, December 05, 2011 - Thursday, December 08, 2011)
  • Sacramento, CA (Monday, November 14, 2011 - Friday, November 18, 2011)
  • Sacramento, CA (Monday, April 02, 2012 - Friday, April 06, 2012)
  • San Diego, CA (Monday, October 10, 2011 - Friday, October 14, 2011)
  • Seattle, WA (Monday, December 19, 2011 - Thursday, December 22, 2011)
  • St. Louis, MO (Monday, January 09, 2012 - Friday, January 13, 2012)
  • Tucson, AZ (Monday, October 03, 2011 - Friday, October 07, 2011)
  • Walnut, CA (Monday, April 09, 2012 - Friday, April 13, 2012)
  • Washington, DC (Monday, February 06, 2012 - Friday, February 10, 2012)
  • White House, TN (Monday, January 09, 2012 - Friday, January 13, 2012)
  • Woburn, MA (Monday, February 13, 2012 - Friday, February 17, 2012)

To register for Rain Bird Academy Boot Camp events or to learn more about Rain Bird Academy training camps available throughout the United States, visit http://www.rainbirdservicescorporation.com/training/BootCamp.htm or call 1-800-498-1942.

ABOUT RAIN BIRD SERVICES CORPORATION:
Rain Bird Services Corporation is a leading provider of professional irrigation solutions and water management services. Through its Factory Trained and Rain Bird Academy programs, Rain Bird Services Corporation is leading the way in the development of irrigation professionals with 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 Corporation is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Rain Bird Corporation.