QWEL (English) - Northern CA, S.F. Bay Area, Central CA, Southern CA - Online Class (Mornings)

     Register today for this FREE online QWEL certification training course sponsored by California Water Service!


The QWEL training will be facilitated live over a Zoom webinar by one of our highly rated QWEL certified instructors and is available to professionals living or conducting business in California Water Service's service area*.

The online training will cover all sections of the QWEL reference manual. This includes topics on:

  • Sustainable landscape design principles,
  • Soil properties and health,
  • Plant water needs,
  • Overhead spray irrigation system audits,
  • Irrigation system troubleshooting and maintenance, and
  • Irrigation system programming and operation.

Attendees are encouraged to download the manual for free here or purchase a paperback copy from Amazon here prior to the class.

In order to obtain QWEL certification, individuals must complete a virtual irrigation audit (covered in class) and pass the QWEL exam. The QWEL exam will be offered the week of May 1st. Exams will be administered online, and students will be required to pay an exam fee (approximately $30).

Additional details will be provided prior to the class after you register. 


Those who earn their QWEL certification will be listed as a Certified Professional on the QWEL and U.S. EPA WaterSense websites.

*California Water Service's service area include the following:

  • Northern CA: Armstrong Valley, Chico, City of Chico Sewer, City of Willow Sewer, Coast Springs, Dillion Beach, Dixon, Duncan Mills, Guerneville, Hamilton City, Hawkins, Lucerne, Marysville, Noel Heights, Oroville, Rancho Paradiso, Santa Rosa, Stockton, Willows
  • S.F. Bay Area: Atherton, Bolsa Knolls, Broadmoor, Buena Vista, Colma, County Meadows, Cupertino, Daly City, Foothill Estates, King City, Las Lomas, Las Palmas, Livermore, Los Altos, Los Altos Hills, Los Trancos, Menlo Park, Mountain View, Oak Hills (Castroville), Palomar Park, Portola Valley, Redwood City, Redwood City (Unincorporated), Salinas, Salinas Hills, San Carlos, San Mateo, Skyline, South San Francisco, Sunnyvale, Watsonville (Royal Oaks), Woodside
  • Central CA: Arden/Weldon, Bakersfield, Bodfish, City of Bakersfield, City of Visalia, Countrywood, Fairway, Fremont Valley (Mojave), Goshen, Grand Oaks, Kernville, Lake Hughes, Lake Isabella, Lakeland, Lancaster, Leona Valley, Mountain Shadows, Onyx, Ponderosa Pine, Porteville, Riverkern, Selma, Sierra Trailer Lodge, South Lake, Split Mountain, Squirell Mountain, Squirrel Mountain, Tesoro Viejo, Tulare, Visalia, Wofford Heights
  • Southern CA: Carson, Commerce, Compton, East Los Angeles, Harbor City, Hawthorne, Hermosa Beach, Lomita, Long Beach, Montebello, Monterey Park, Palos Verdes Peninsula, Redondo Beach, Torrance, Unincorporated LA County


The QWEL online training will be offered in 2.5-hour MORNING sessions for two weeks Monday to Thursday from 8:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. beginning Monday, April 17th.

By registering for this class, you are committing to attend all eight of the 2.5-hour sessions. The QWEL exam will be offered in the week of May 1st. Note that registrants will receive a link to additional pre-recorded content, which should be viewed prior to the start of the class.

PRESENTER: Lori Palmquist

Lori is an irrigation specialist who has worked in the landscape trade for 30 years. She is an irrigation designer, consultant, and educator, and a former irrigation contractor and water manager. She has designed, installed, assessed, repaired, upgraded, and managed hundreds of irrigation systems over the years, and brings a boatload of passion and irrigation geekery to all her professional endeavors.

Location: Online

Presenter: Lori Palmquist

Monday, April 17th, 2023 8:00 am-10:30 am - Location: Online
Tuesday, April 18th, 2023 8:00 am-10:30 am - Location: Online
Wednesday, April 19th, 2023 8:00 am-10:30 am - Location: Online
Thursday, April 20th, 2023 8:00 am-10:30 am - Location: Online
Monday, April 24th, 2023 8:00 am-10:30 am - Location: Online
Tuesday, April 25th, 2023 8:00 am-10:30 am - Location: Online
Wednesday, April 26th, 2023 8:00 am-10:30 am - Location: Online
Thursday, April 27th, 2023 8:00 am-10:30 am - Location: Online

Registration Closes: 04/15/2023

Sponsored by: California Water Efficiency Partnership

For more information, contact:

Linda Vo
(916) 475-1206

Online Registration is not available.