Irrigation 101: Introduction To Irrigation and Sprinklers

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What Will I Learn?

  • Know the history and modern uses of irrigation, understand the basic concepts and definitions of the industry, pick the proper type of system configuration, and use basic knowledge of water hydraulics.


  • No prior knowledge or experience needed. This course lays the foundation for more specific courses.


Introduction To Irrigation And Sprinkler Systems is the first course in our series. New hires in the irrigation or landscaping business will want to take our "Irrigation and Sprinkler System 101" courses to get a proper fundamental education of the concepts and components that make up a sprinkler system. Homeowners or gardeners will also benefit from an understanding of their own sprinkler systems. All measurements used are Imperial or American Standard, that is; inches, feet, gallons, etc. 


Start at the beginning with irrigation concepts, system design basics and water hydraulics. We wrap up this free course with some real world skills that you'll use frequently in the field; using a 5 gallon bucket test to measure flow, and measuring elevation change and slope percentage.


An hour and a half of video instruction also includes a 22 page PDF download of all material covered. Lifetime access to all the course videos and downloads insures that you can revisit any info in the field from your smartphone. Begin a program of professional development in green industry with courses from Pro Irrigation Training. You'll learn the basics of irrigation and start a proper education that will get you started earning money.

Who is the target audience?

  • This course is designed for someone already working in or seeking to work in the Landscaping or related industries. All measurements used are Imperial, or American Standard, that is; inches, feet, gallons, etc. People that directly or indirectly deal with sprinkler systems can complete their foundational knowledge and earn more as they add new skills. A homeowner that spends a lot of time in their garden or landscape may want to understand the concepts behind their own sprinkler system.
  • Introduction To Pro Irrigation Training
    • Who we are and what we do
  • Introduction To Irrigation
    • History

      We'll consider the ancient methods and the importance of irrigation to civilization.

    • Modern Uses

      Advances in the last century have led to amazing new developments in landscaping and agriculture.

    • Environmental Impact

      Understand the benefits of using sprinkler systems as well as the potential for waste.

    • Goals of Watering

      We'll cover the ways that we assist nature while striving to conserve our resources.

    • Conclusion of Section 2
    • Section 2 Quiz - Question

      Questions about The history, modern uses, environmental impact and goals of irrigation.

  • Irrigation Concepts and Definitions
    • Uniformity vs Efficiency

      Know the difference in two terms that are the foundational goals of an irrigation technician or end-user.

    • Soil Types

      Identify the 3 basic soil types

    • Intake Rates

      The rate at which water soaks into a property's soil informs us of the type of equipment to install.

    • Evapotranspiration

      Understanding this concept is crucial to scheduling a sprinkler system.

    • Precipitation Rate

      Understanding and having a target precipitation rate helps select the proper sprinklers and nozzles.

    • Conclusion To Section 3
    • Section 3 Quiz - Question

      Quiz Description

  • Sprinkler System Design
    • 3 Classifications of Sprinkler Systems

      A quick discussion of residential, commercial, and agricultural systems.

    • Two Meter Configuration

      Using a dedicated meter to supply the sprinklers.

    • One Meter - House Mainline Tap Configuration

      Tapping into the main water line from the street to the house.

    • Under House Plumbing Tap Configuration

      Many systems are supplied by tapping into a house's plumbing system.

    • Lake Pump Configuration

      Centrifugal or jet pumps can pull water from a lake or pond and pressurize it for use in a sprinkler system.

    • Water Well Configuration

      Wells can be used for supplying sprinkler systems.

    • Valve Manifold Configuration

      Grouping valves together can be advantageous for some systems.

    • Valve Satellite Configuration

      Another method places the valves in the area that they are going to supply.

    • Order Of Components In A Sprinkler system

      There is a proper order for all of the components that can be installed on a system.

    • Conclusion To Section 4
    • Section 4 Quiz - Question

      Quiz Description

  • Simplified Water Hydraulics
    • Pressure

      We'll examine how pumps and elevation change affect pressure in a closed system.

    • Flow

      Learn how to measure and calculate Flow, and it's relation to pressure and velocity.

    • Velocity

      The speed of water flowing through a pipe can have an affect on it's pressure and flow.

    • Friction Loss

      We'll consider the 4 factors that affect Friction Loss in pipes.

    • Real World Example

      The example of water flowing through a garden hose is used to help explain Water Hydraulics.

    • How To Measure Flow

      Use a combo gauge or 5 gallon bucket test to determine available water flow.

    • How To Measure Elevation and Slope

      Step-by-step instructions on measuring vertical elevation and slope percentage.

    • Conclusion To Section 5
    • Section 5 Quiz - Question

      Quiz Description

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