What is Qualified Water Efficient Landscaper (QWEL)?

QWEL was created in 2007 by the Sonoma-Marin Saving Water Partnership and has been modified to meet the needs of Nevadans. The training was designed to provide an affordable, proactive and local approach to reducing landscape water demands, as well as share the knowledge of water efficient and sustainable landscape principles. This program is EPA certified through the WaterSense program.

The training will provide participants with local water, soil and plant information, basic and advanced irrigation principles and hands-on water audit skills they can use in the field. The program covers the following topics:

  • Where Our Water Comes From
  • Sustainable Landscaping
  • Soils
  • Landscape Water
  • Irrigation Systems
  • Irrigation Maintenance & Troubleshooting
  • Irrigation System Auditing
  • Irrigation Scheduling
  • Irrigation Controllers
  • Bringing it all Together

Participants can take the 18-hour training course just for the knowledge, or they can also take the exam to obtain certification. Upon certification, professionals will need to continue their education with at least 2 continuing education units per year to uphold their certification.

Why get a QWEL certification?

With the continued need to reduce water use and create a more sustainable landscape, certified professionals will be making progressive strides to earn the knowledge and practical skills to meet this need.

Being that QWEL is EPA certified, participants who QWEL certify will not only be part of the QWEL.net directory of qualified professionals, but will also be listed as certified professionals in a searchable database on the WaterSense website. Certified QWEL professionals can use the logo on their trucks and business cards as a means of marketing their qualifications with their customers.

Dates for the Summer Program:

Training Dates: Aug. 20, 21, 22

  • Aug. 20, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., registration at 8:45 a.m.
  • Aug. 21, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Aug. 22, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Lunches provided on Aug. 20, 21 and 22.

Exam Date: Aug. 23

  • Aug. 23, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Program Fees:

  • Training Program $100 (includes Water Audit, reference manual, class supplies and refreshments/food)
  • Exam $50 (to be certified)

Friday, August 23 at 9:00am to 12:00pm

Cooperative Extension 4955 Energy Way

Event Type

Lectures and Seminars, Training and Workshops




University of Nevada Cooperative Extension, Washoe County, Landscaping, Lawn & Trees




$100 for the training, $50 for the exam

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