Mission Statement

The Qualified Water Efficient Landscaper training presents an affordable proactive local approach to reducing landscape water demand. QWEL provides graduates with knowledge in water efficient and sustainable landscape practices including water management and preservation of other valuable resources.

WaterSense Partner

QWEL is recognized as a WaterSense labeled Professional Certification Program for Irrigation System Audits. Upon successful completion graduates will be listed as a Certified Professional on the WaterSense website.

QWEL Professional Certification

The Qualified Water Efficient Landscaper professional certification provides landscape professionals with 20 hours of education on principles of proper plant selection for the local climate, irrigation system design and maintenance, and irrigation system programming and operation.  In order to obtain the QWEL certification an individual must demonstrate their ability to perform an irrigation system audit as well as pass the QWEL exam.  The list of topics covered in the QWEL curriculum includes:

  • Where Your Water Comes From
  • Irrigation Systems
  • Efficient Irrigation
  • Soils
  • Plants
  • Water Management
  • Determining Water Budgets
  • Irrigation Scheduling
  • Irrigation Controllers
  • Valve, Controller and Field Wire Trouble Shooting
  • New Technology
  • Putting It All Together

QWEL Graywater Specialty Certification

The QWEL Graywater Specialty Certification provides landscape professionals with 10 hours of education on the design and installation of graywater systems.  In order to obtain the QWEL Graywater Specialty Certification an individual must be an existing QWEL graduate, must demonstrate their ability to install graywater systems, and pass the QWEL Graywater Specialty exam.  The list of topics covered in the QWEL Graywater Specialty curriculum includes:

  • Home Water Conservation and Graywater Overview
  • Plants, Products and Graywater
  • Graywater Codes and Regulations
  • Sizing Irrigation Fields
  • Laundry to Landscape
  • Beyond Laundry to Landscape
  • Future of Graywater