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Occupational Licenses: Landscape Irrigator, Irrigation Technician and Irrigation Inspector

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

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Landscape Irrigator, Irrigation Technician and Irrigation 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 irrigation technician must be under the direct supervision of a licensed landscape irrigator.

  • Landscape Irrigator (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 in unincorporated areas of the state.
  • Irrigation Technician (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 Inspector (II) are responsible for verifying that permits have been obtained. They can inspect the irrigation system, determine if the irrigation system complies with the rule requirements, determine if the appropriate backflow prevention device is installed, provide test results to the water purveyor, and investigate complaints.

To become licensed as a Landscape Irrigator, Irrigation Technician, or Irrigation Inspector, an applicant must:

  • complete the required training,
  • complete the TCEQ application,
  • submit a criminal history attestation,
  • pay the fee ($111), and
  • pass the applicable exam (minimum score of 70 percent for each section).

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Landscape Irrigator (LI) License Requirements

Education and Work Experience

  • No education required
  • No work experience required

Training Course (Basic Training Providers for Landscape Irrigation)

  • Basic Irrigator Licensing Course

Application and Examination

Irrigation exams are currently administered through the Texas Engineering Extension Service (TEEX).

To submit an application please visit the TCEQ's Occupational Licensing online application.

Once received, reviewed and approved, the TCEQ will mail you an approval letter to the mailing address on your application. Processing time is approximately 3-4 weeks, barring any deficiencies.

Once your approval letter has been received, contact TEEX at 800-723-3811 to register for the landscape irrigator exam. TEEX will request a copy of the TCEQ approval letter from applicants to register for the landscape irrigator exam.

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Irrigation Technician (IT) License Requirements

Education and Work Experience

  • No education required
  • No work experience required

Training Course (Training Providers for Irrigation Technician)

  • Irrigation Technician Course, or
  • Basic Irrigator Licensing Course

Application and Examination

To submit an application please visit the TCEQ's Occupational Licensing online application.

Once received, reviewed and approved, the TCEQ will mail you an approval letter to the mailing address on your application. Processing time is approximately 3-4 weeks, barring any deficiencies.

Once your approval letter has been received, you have several options to register for an exam. Either contact your local computer-based testing center, TEEX at 800-723-3811, or your TCEQ regional office for exam availability and registration. Note that TEEX will request a copy of the TCEQ approval letter from applicants to register for the exam. You may also request a paper Spanish exam (not available via CBT or TEEX).

The Irrigation Technician vocabulary guidance includes English and Spanish irrigation terms used in documents related to landscape irrigation and on TCEQ's exam.

For questions on the registration process, contact TCEQ (512-239-6133).

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Irrigation Inspector (II) License Requirements

Education and Work Experience

  • No education required
  • No work experience required

Required Training Courses (Training Providers for the Irrigation Inspector)

  • Basic Landscape Irrigator Licensing Course,
  • Backflow Prevention Assembly Tester Course, and
  • A Water Conservation Course or a Water Audit Course.

The Irrigation Inspector curriculum guidance includes a description of the courses required for this license, including a list of approved water conservation and water audit courses. There is currently no approved landscape irrigation inspector course.

Application and Examination

To submit an application please visit the TCEQ's Occupational Licensing online application.

Once received, reviewed and approved, the TCEQ will mail you an approval letter to the mailing address on your application. Processing time is approximately 3-4 weeks, barring any deficiencies.

Once your approval letter has been received, you have several options to register for an exam. Either contact your local computer-based testing center, TEEX at 800-723-3811, or your TCEQ regional office for exam availability and registration. Note that TEEX will request a copy of the TCEQ approval letter from applicants to register for the exam.

For questions on the registration process, contact TCEQ (512-239-6133).

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Affidavit for Landscape Irrigators and Irrigation 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 may not simultaneously be an Irrigation Inspector.

An individual may maintain both the Landscape Irrigator (LI) and Irrigation Technician (IT) licenses and obtain an Irrigation Inspector (II) license; however, they may not be used concurrently.

If an individual holds a current Irrigation Inspector license and chooses to reactivate, either their Landscape Irrigator or their Irrigation Technician license, they may no longer engage in any irrigation inspections that rely upon or require a valid Irrigation Inspector License. The Landscape Irrigator 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 Irrigation Inspector license, and wish to keep both licenses current must complete the Irrigation Inspector License Affidavit Adobe 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 all exemptions.

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

Occupational licenses are valid for three years. Renewal applicants must:

  • complete the required hours of continuing education (CE),
    • Landscape Irrigators - 24 hours
    • Irrigation Technicians - 16 hours
    • Irrigation Inspectors- 24 hours
  • submit a renewal application,
  • submit a criminal history attestation, and
  • pay the renewal fee ($111).

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.

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