IA’s Certified Irrigation Technician Exam


  • CITs are field technicians who install, maintain and repair irrigation systems. CITs:
  • Cut and join pipe, know the limitations of different piping systems and understand basic hydraulics.
  • Lay out and install piping and water delivery components; backflow prevention components; mechanical, hydraulic and electrical irrigation controls; and other irrigation system components.
  • Troubleshoot and repair irrigation components and systems.


To become a CIT, you must:

  • Register for the exam. Recommended: six months or 1,000 hours of irrigation-related field experience.
  • Pass the irrigation technician exam. The three-hour exam includes 100 equally weighted, multiple-choice questions on basic irrigation principles, basic electrical principles and basic hydraulics.
  • Comply with the Select Certified Code of Ethics.
  • Remain in good standing. CITs must submit 20 continuing education units per two-year cycle.



Course Outline

Certified Irrigation Technician

Unit 1 Understanding basic irrigation principles

Unit 2 Understanding electrical principles:

Unit 3 Understanding hydraulic principles: