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The IIABC is Turning 40 This Year!!

The IIABC is turning 40 this year!!! 


And we are doing it in  at the:

Harrison Hot Springs Resort!!!

The IIABC 40th Anniversary Convention and Tradeshow

November 18-22, 2019



You are not going to want to miss this one...

Harrison Hot Springs Resort is a landmark British Columbia resort hotel on the picturesque shores of Harrison Lake. With five mineral hot pools, this beautiful resort hotel is a one-of-a-kind hideaway where leisure floats alongside stunning natural beauty. This really is where the good life begins. So, join us for more than just learning this year and enjoy a taste of luxury as well! 


Online registration opens June 1, 2019.

Spots are sure to fill up quickly, so register early to guarantee your spot! 

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1. Win prizes…no brainer!

Water Bottles, Travel mugsT-shirts, Gift Certificates, $50 in Casino chips to use at our Casino Night and extra entries for the main prize at this years’ convention.

A free course at our 39th Annual Convention and Tradeshow (over $300 value)
*Exam fee not included*

2. Check current courses anytime you pop on Facebook.

  • For those of you that don't regularly check emails or visit the IIABC website, Facebook provides a quick and easy way to get the latest IIABC courses, giveaways & events. 

3. Weekly course availability updates.

  •  Never again be “that guy” that tries to register one day after the course is full!! 


4. Message us anytime on Facebook Messanger for a fast response.

  • To any questions, feedback or suggestions you may have.

Individual Certification Fee Reminder

A common misconception is that your membership dues include your individual certification fee. This is not so....

BOTH, membership dues AND your individual certification fee must be paid for your certifications to remain active.

As of January 31, 2018 all certifications that have outstanding fees have been downgraded to INACTIVE and are now not searchable on our website.

For those that hold only technician certifications, your certification fee is $25 (plus gst).

For those that hold designer certifications, your certification fee is $50 (plus gst). 

*Only 1 fee per person for the highest certification held*

You must log in to: to pay your certification fee. Your username will be the email address you provided to us. You may hit “forgot login” on the home page to reset your password if you have forgotten it.

For further printable instructions on how to pay your certification fee Click Here



Important Certification Program Changes - Continuing Education Units and Certification Fees Are Here

The IIABC certification program has been operating since 1986, that is 30 years.  The program started with a handful of members obtaining their agriculture irrigation certification, mainly to assist in getting plans approved through a government loan program.  It was easy to track and did not take much time for the IIABC to manage.  However times change and the IIABC Certification Program now encompasses many types of design certifications (CID) as well as technician certification (CIT).  We are now approaching 1000 certified individuals.  How we managed the Certification Program in the past does not work well moving forward.

Many local governments, landscape architects and other clients now put the IIABC standards into their specifications. The HEIS system is another tool that is starting to be used. (See related article in this newsletter). The Certification Board is concerned that while we have many individuals seeking certification, many are not doing much to maintain their credentials once certification has been achieved.   This is not sustainable and does not foster credibility when the program is looked at from outsiders.  Every other certifying organization has implemented Continuing Education Units (CEU’s). It is the only way to verify that certified individuals make an attempt to keep up with changes in their industry.

Currently a paper file is kept for all members that are certified by the IIABC. These files are important and they provide the current status and history of the individual’s exams and certifications. To make this system more manageable, all of these files have now been scanned and converted into an electronic version as well. This has been done mainly for security reasons as should the files be damaged or lost there is no backup. It has taken quite an effort to scan the existing files. Moving forward it will also take more effort to scan all new certifications. However, an electronic system is the right way to go.  

Tracking certifications has become cumbersome, mainly because we put the onus on the company to provide us with the names of their employees that are certified. Quite often an employee will have left and moved to another company, or leave the industry entirely and the office will not have been able to update the files. The Certification Board would like to put the onus on the individual to maintain their certification status. This will require every certified individual to have an email registered with the IIABC. They will then be able to log into their own account, enter their CEU’s and conduct any other business as required.  Further information will be provided in future newsletters on how CEU’s can be earned. There will also be opportunity to discuss the direction and process at the AGM this fall.

Taking on these new initiatives is not possible in the long term with the current funding obtained from membership dues, course and certification application fees. The Certification Board has therefore asked the Board of Directors to implement an annual certification fee. The Board of Directors has accepted this request and the new fee will be implemented for 2018. The certification fee invoice will be sent to each certified individual be email. Only one fee will need to be paid.  For a certified technician it will be $25.00 annually. For a Certified designer it will be $50.00 annually.  A person holding more than one certification will only pay one fee, for example if a person holds a CIT and a CID the fee would be $50.00.  A company may wish to pay the certification fee for their employees but it will be the employee’s responsibility to make sure that the IIABC office has received the payment.

The Certification Fee will help to offset the following costs being absorbed by the IIABC.

  • Scanning all certification files
  • Developing and maintaining an online CEU system
  • Hiring a temporary staff person to ensure CEU’s have been entered and the Certification Fee has been paid.

The Certification Board hopes that the membership will understand the need to move the program forward and take these steps to ensure the integrity, compliance and professionalism of our program.

Members can certainly contact members of the Certification Board or the Board of Directors on the direction being taken.  

Building SustainABLE Communities: Innovation Through Collaboration

Water Stewardship Forum 1
Wednesday, November 22nd / 10:15-Noon 


  • Exploring Indigenous Water Law (Oliver Brandes & Rosie Simms, POLIS; Deborah Curran & Val Napoleon, UVic) 20 mins
  • Making Informed Watershed Decisions: The Need for Quality Data (Suzan Lapp, Climaterra Consulting Ltd.) 15 mins
  • Diving Into the Marine Plan Partnership for the North Pacific Coast (Tentative) 10 mins 
  • Q&A 10 mins
  • Fighting Invasive Species with the ‘Don’t Move a Mussel Campaign’ (James Littley, Okanagan Basin Water Board) 10 mins
  • Understanding the Dollars & Sense of Protecting Peatlands (Eliza Olson, Burns Bog Conservation Society) 10 mins
  • Preserving Invaluable Shorelines Through Education, Planning & Design (DG Blair, Stewardship Centre for BC) 10 mins
  • Q&A 15 mins 

Water Stewardship Forum 2
Wednesday, November 22nd / 2:30-4:30 

SPONSOR: TBD / FACILITATOR: TBD (Would IIABD consider sponsoring this session? Any other ideas for sponsors?)

  • Comparing Apples to Oranges: Lessons for BC from California’s Drought & Water Law Reform (Oliver Brandes & Rosie Simms, POLIS Project) 20 mins
  • Using Indigenous Knowledge to Inform Watershed Management Planning (Lisa Wilson, Okanagan Nation Alliance) 10 mins 
  • Exploring the Evolution & Successes of Sponge Cities (Ramin Seifi, Township of Langley) 10 mins
  • Q&A 10 mins
  • Interweaving Science & Spirit Through the Blue Ecology Model (Michael Blackstock, Blue Ecology Model Founder) 10 mins
  • Introducing a Solar Aquatics Water Reclamation Centre (Colleen Hannigan, District of Barriere) 10 mins
  • Celebrating the Social Life of Water (Christine Mettler, Canadian Fresh Water Alliance) 10 mins
  • Exploring Trends in Residential Irrigation Efficiency (Shauna Burnell, Waterkind Irrigation Consulting) 10 mins
  • Sponsor slot 10 mins
  • Q&A 15 mins



  • Reviewing the Health Impacts of Climate Change on Food & Water (Interior Health)
  • The Last Straw: Exposing the Growing Swell of Plastic Pollution in Ocean Environments (Jan Vozenilek, Copper Sky Productions & Ryan Cope, Fresh Outlook Foundation)
  • Collaborating for Successful Watershed Change (Melissa Dick, Coquitlam River Watershed Roundtable)
  • Safeguarding Coastal Shorelines with Proactive Legal Solutions (Deborah Carlson, West Coast Environmental Law)
  • Collaborating to Enrich Mission Creek’s Historical, Ecological & Recreational Values (Todd Cashin, City of Kelowna)

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