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Landscape Irrigator, Technician and Inspector

Information about the licensing of individuals who install, maintain or design landscape irrigation.

Landscape Irrigator, Technician and Inspector Information and Requirements

Landscape Irrigator, Technician and Inspector Licensing Overview

State Regulations:

A person may not sell, design, install, maintain, alter, repair, service or inspect an irrigation system—or consult in these activities—in this state unless the person is licensed by the TCEQ. While connecting an irrigation system to a water supply, a licensed technician must be under the direct supervision of a licensed irrigator.

  • Licensed Irrigators (LI) can sell, design, consult, install, maintain, alter, repair, or service an irrigation system including the connection of such system to a private or public, raw or potable water supply or any water supply. This includes water wells and unincorporated areas of the state.
  • Irrigation Technicians (IT) can connect a landscape irrigation system to a water supply, including installing a backflow prevention device, and may maintain, alter, repair, service, or direct the installation of an irrigation system under the supervision of a licensed irrigator.
  • Irrigation Inspectors (II) are responsible for verifying that permits have been obtained. They will be licensed to inspect the irrigation system, determine the irrigation system complies with the rule requirements, determine if the appropriate backflow prevention device is installed, tested and test results provided to the water purveyor, and investigate complaints.
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Landscape Irrigator License Requirements

Education and Work Experience Requirements

  • Education: no minimum educational requirements
  • Work Experience: no work experience requirements

Training Course (Basic Training Providers for Landscape Irrigation)

  • Basic Irrigation Course

Application and Examination

Complete a TCEQ application ($111) then pass the TCEQ exam. Each section of the exam (installation, backflow prevention, hydraulics, and design) must be passed with a minimum score of 70%.

Irrigation exams are currently administered through the Texas Engineering Extension Service (TEEX). Applications must be submitted and approved at least 14 days prior to the examination. Contact TEEXExit the TCEQ for details (800-723-3811).

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Landscape Technician License Requirements

Education and Work Experience Requirements

  • Education: no minimum educational requirements
  • Work Experience: no work experience requirements

Training Course (IT approved training)

  • Irrigation Technician Course

Application and Examination

Complete a TCEQ application ($111) then pass the TCEQ exam. Visit the Exam Schedule and Registration webpage for details.

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Landscape Inspector License Requirements

Education and Work Experience Requirements

  • Education: no minimum educational requirements
  • Work Experience: no work experience requirements

Training Courses (II approved training)

  • Core Courses: Basic Irrigation Course, Backflow Prevention Assembly Tester, plus one elective course.
  • Elective Courses: a water conservation course, a water audit course, or a landscape irrigation inspection course.

Application and Examination

Complete a TCEQ application ($111) then pass the TCEQ exam. Visit the Exam Schedule and Registration webpage for details.

Affidavit for Inspectors

Pursuant to 30 Texas Administrative Code, Chapter 30, Subchapter D, §30.120(f), individuals who own an irrigation company, consult for an irrigation company, or work for an irrigation company cannot become an Irrigation Inspector.

An individual can maintain both Irrigator and Irrigator Technician licenses and obtain an Inspector license; however, they cannot be used concurrently.

New Information If an individual holds a current Inspection license and chooses to reactivate either their Irrigator or Irrigator Technician license, they may no longer engage in any irrigation inspections that rely upon or require a valid Irrigation Inspector License. The Landscape Irrigation Affidavit Adobe Acrobat PDF Document must be submitted to the TCEQ.

All Landscape Irrigators that have a current license with the TCEQ, apply for an Inspector license, and wish to keep both licenses current must complete the Irrigation Inspector License AffidavitAdobe Acrobat PDF Document acknowledging that they will comply with 30 Texas Administrative Code, Chapter 30, Subchapter D, §30.120(f) by only using the Irrigation Inspector License.

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License Exemptions

View 30 TAC §30.129 for a list of who or what is exempt from a license. Note, a person who is exempt from the license requirements shall comply with the standards established in 30 TAC, Chapter 344.

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Continuing Education and Renewal Requirements

Continuing Education Requirements

Landscape Irrigators and Inspectors require 24 hours of Continuing Education (CE) to be eligible for renewal. Landscape Irrigation Technicians require 16 hours of CE to be eligible for renewal. CE hours are given for successful completion of TCEQ approved training courses.

CE hours must be acquired prior to the expiration of the license and may be obtained any time during the validity of the license.

Search the License Information webpage to view current CE hours earned.

Renewal Requirements

Occupational licenses are valid for three years then must be renewed with TCEQ. Renewal applicants must have completed the required CE requirements, submit a renewal application and criminal history attestation, and pay the renewal fee. Detailed information can be found on the renewal webpage.

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