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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 

SPONSOR: Golder Associates / FACILITATOR: TBD

  • 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

 

OTHER WATER-RELATED PRESENTATIONS: (Nov 22/23)

  • 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)


July is Smart Irrigation Month - Take Part!

 

 

First launched in 2005, Smart Irrigation Month is gaining traction as stakeholders recognize the positive impact efficient irrigation and water use provides.
 
Focused on July, this campaign provides a unified marketing platform and is designed to:

  • Educate businesses, homeowners, growers/producers and other users about efficient water use.
  • Encourage industry firms and professionals to promote smart irrigation practices and technologies.
  • Position your organization as a leader in smart water stewardship.

Take part by educating yourself in ways you can help participate in Smart Irrigation Month this July and all through the year with a few of these simple tips! 

How to Hire a Reliable, Certified Irrigation Professional 

 

How to Water Smart & Save Money This Summer  

 

Complement Your Smart Irrigation System with Sustainable Solutions


Plant Right - Simple Changes to Save You Money

 


 

Certified Irrigation Contractor (CIC) Program Changes- Introducing Gold Seal Status

 

The Board has been made aware of several problems arising from the lack of Certified Irrigation Contractors in many regions.  In one case the municipality is contemplating removing the CIC requirement from their bylaws as there is an insufficient number of contractors that can bid on jobs.  This same problem is being experience in other locations.  To have a vibrant CIC program we need to be able to increase capacity, while at the same time keeping the integrity of the program in place.  Unless changes are made the CIC program would become irrelevant.

The biggest obstacle to obtaining the CIC status is the requirement of having a Certified Irrigation Designer on staff.  Companies lose their CIC status when their CID retires or changes companies and they find this requirement difficult to fill in the short term.  This results in the company losing their CIC status which again is something we wish to avoid.

The Certification Board has discussed this issue and has passed a motion that allows companies to source out the CID requirement.  All of the other criteria must still be met by the company.  Companies that are candidates for CIC status can source out a maximum of two individuals that can provide the CID services to their company.  The must obtain a signed statement from that individual indicating that they will provide the required services to the company.  This signed form must be submitted to the IIABC along with the other documentation.  The company can also seek one alternate CID who must also provide a signed statement.  If the company has complied with all of the other criteria, a signed statement from a CID offering their services to that company will be sufficient to obtain CIC status.

This of course raises the question of what about the existing CIC that are listed with the IIABC and have fulfilled all of the requirements including having a CID on staff.  Existing companies and future CIC’s that have a CID on staff will be considered to have premium CIC status.  The Board is implementing a CIC – GSC (Gold Seal Contractor) status.  The contractor will be able to advertise as such and the IIABC will also acknowledge those contactors on their website.

The Board feels that not only will this option have the ability to strengthen the number of CIC contractors in British Columbia it will also strengthen the Certified Irrigation Designer program, as those individuals that obtain CID status will see an opportunity to apply their trade.

Comments to the Certification Board are certainly welcome.  A listing of Board members and contact info can be found under the Contact Us tab.  

SEARCH JOB POSTINGS HERE!

 

Job Postings

 

If you are looking for skilled irrigation professionals and would like to reach our members, please send job postings to:

kim@irrigationbc.com

Please include contact information for interested applicants to send their resumes directly to you as the IIABC office will not be accepting resumes on behalf of companies. We will post in order of newest to oldest and would greatly appreciate if you could let us know when the position has been filled so we can keep our postings as up to date as possible for applicants.

 

Looking For Work in the Irrigation Industry?


 

is currently looking to hire:

 Irrigation Technician 

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   This opportunity was first posted July 3rd, 2019


 

                                                             
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                                                            Irrigation Technician

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 Foreman and Labourers

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                                 Kootenay School District is currently looking to hire:

                                             Students Grounds Worker (Temporary) 

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This oppounity was first posted May 9, 2018 


 

                                          Quails' Gate is currently looking to hire:

                                                                Irrigation Manager

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   This opportunity was first posted April 23, 2018 


                                                               

                                            United Landscapes is currently looking to hire:

                                                                    Irrigation Technician

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   This opportunity was first posted April 11, 2018  


 

                                                                          

                                     The District of West Vancouver  is currently looking to hire:

                                               Park Attendants - Irrigation Temporary Full Time  

                                                    View Full Job Posting and How to Apply Here

   This opportunity was first posted April 11, 2018 


 

                                                                         

                                The Island Smart Irrigation Inc.  is currently looking to hire:

                                                               Irrigation Service Technicians

                                                 View Full Job Posting and How to Apply Here

   This opportunity was first posted March 28, 2018


 

The City of Victoria is currently looking to hire:

 Irrigation Technicians

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   This opportunity was first posted March 6, 2018


 

T. Moscone & Bros. Landscape Contractors is currently looking to hire:

 Irrigation Service Technician/Manager

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   This opportunity was first posted January 1, 2018

 


 

 is currently looking to hire:

 Irrigation Technician

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   This opportunity was first posted November 8, 2017


 

 is currently looking to hire:

Experienced Irrigation Technician

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   This opportunity was first posted September 14, 2017


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       an Irrigation Technician

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   This opportunity was posted September 13, 2017


          is currently looking to hire:

              a Superindentant Parks Board

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   This opportunity was posted September 9, 2017


 

 is currently looking to hire:

Maintenance Coordinator
(application deadline is September 15, 2017)

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   This opportunity was first posted August 28, 2017


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                              a Turf Care Technician

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   This opportunity was posted August 16, 2017


 

                    

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                                                               Experienced Irrigation Technician (Victoria) 

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   This opportunity was posted May 31, 2017


 

 is currently looking to hire:

 Irrigation Specialist

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   This opportunity was first posted May 26, 2017


 

        
 is currently looking to hire:

Landscape Business Development Manager

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   This opportunity was first posted April 7, 2017


 

is currently looking to hire:

Inside/Counter Sales 

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   This opportunity was first posted April 4, 2017


 

 

is currently looking to hire:

Sales Representatives & Irrigation Installers

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   This opportunity was first posted March 24, 2017


is currently looking to hire:

Service Technicians, Installation Labour Crew & Installation Foreman

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   This opportunity was first posted March 24, 2017

 


 

is currently looking to hire:

Irrigation Technicians, Landscape Technicians & Landscape Foreman

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                                                    This opportunity was first posted March 23, 2017


is currently looking to hire:

Landscape Foreman & Landscape Workers

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                                                                   This opportunity was first posted March 23, 2017



 

is currently looking to hire:

Full-Time Pump and Water Treatment Technician

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                                                                   This opportunity was first posted March 23, 2017


is currently looking to hire:

 Irrigation Technician Positions

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   This opportunity was first posted March 15, 2017


is currently looking to hire:

 Landscape Field Coordinator

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   This opportunity was first posted March 15, 2017


is currently looking to hire:

 Irrigation Service Technician

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   This opportunity was first posted March 1, 2017


is currently looking to hire:

 Irrigation Systems Worker

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   This opportunity was first posted February 16th, 2017


 

is currently looking to hire:

Experienced service and install technicians with a minimum 3 years’ experience

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   This opportunity was first posted February 9th, 2017

 


is currently looking to hire:

Service Irrigation Technicians 

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   This opportunity was first posted February 9th, 2017


is currently looking to hire:

Underground Sprinkler/Irrigation Technician 

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   This opportunity was first posted February 9th, 2017


 

is currently looking to hire:

an experienced Irrigation Technician

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   This opportunity was first posted February 9th, 2017


 

            is currently looking to hire:

         a contractor to complete a Farm Water Management Planning Project
from February 2017 - January 2018.

                  View Full Job Posting and How to Apply Here

 

   This opportunity was first posted January 16, 2017


       
 is currently looking to hire:

Customer Sales and Service Representative

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   This opportunity was first posted July 26, 2016 


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