Maintain Your Certification

Certification Requirements

Certification isn’t a one-time accomplishment. It’s an ongoing commitment to expand your skills and knowledge by staying current on the latest technology, techniques and industry best practices. 
To protect your investment and continue enjoying the benefits of IA certification, follow these simple steps to remain in good standing: 

CEUs are submitted based on a two-year cycle that begins on Jan. 1 of the first year after you pass the certification exam. For example, if you become certified in August 2017, your first two-year CEU cycle would begin Jan. 1, 2018, and end Dec. 31, 2019. Certified professionals submit the required number of 20 CEUs every two years, regardless of how many certifications they hold. 
For each two-year cycle, CEUs must 

  • be earned during that two-year period. 
  • be submitted by Dec. 31 of the second year of the cycle. 
  • include a minimum of 10 CEUs for irrigation-specific continuing education.  
  • include a minimum of five tier 1 CEUs related to water-efficient concepts in the field of irrigation. 

For candidates who have already met their CEU requirements for the current cycle, CEUs earned after Oct. 31 of the cycle’s second year may be carried over to the next cycle. Carryover CEUs must be submitted to IA staff for entry. 
Certified professionals should keep written, supporting documentation for all continuing education activities for the current and previous two-year cycles, in case they are selected for the annual CEU audit.  
For information about your CEU cycle or CEU requirements, contact the IA at 703.536.7080.