What is QWEL?
Qualified Water Efficient Landscaper (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.
QWEL 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
- Landscape water
- Irrigation systems
- Irrigation maintenance & troubleshooting
- Irrigation system auditing
- Irrigation scheduling
- Irrigation controllers
Participants can take the 18-hour training course just for the knowledge, or they can also take the exam to obtain a certification. Upon certification, professionals will need to continue their education with at least two continuing education units per year to uphold their certification.
Why get a QWEL certification?
- Gain practical knowledge and skills to meet the demand for water efficient, sustainable landscapes.
- Your name and business information are posted on the QWEL.net directory of qualified professionals and the WaterSense website.
- Use the QWEL logo on your trucks and business cards to market your qualifications.
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