QWEL (English) - Alameda & Contra Costa County, CA - Online Class (Mornings)

      Register today for this FREE QWEL certification training course sponsored by East Bay Municipal Utility District!


The QWEL training will be facilitated in-person by one of our highly rated QWEL certified instructors and is available to professionals living or conducting work in East Bay Municipal Utility District's service area - Alameda and Contra Costa County.

Space is limited. Registration closes on 03/07/2024 or when the class is full.

The online classes 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 can download the QWEL Reference 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 an overhead spray irrigation system audit (held in-person in Alameda and Contra Costa County; students can choose 1 session to attend on either March 19th and 20th from 1:00 - 3:00 p.m.) and pass the QWEL exam. The QWEL exam will be administered online on March 25th & 26th, 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.
Funding for this project has been provided in part from the Water Quality, Supply, and Infrastructure Improvement Act of 2014 and through an agreement with the State Department of Water Resources.



The QWEL training will consist of online class sessions, an in-person irrigation audit session, and an online proctored exam.

Online Class Sessions

  • Monday - Thursday on March 11 - 14 and March 18 - 21 from 8:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.

In-Person Irrigation Audit Session

The in-person irrigation audit sessions will be held in Alameda and Contra Costa County, and students can choose 1 session to attend:

  • March 19 and 20 from 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Online Exam

The QWEL exam will be offered online, and students can choose the exam window that works best with their schedule:

  • March 25 from 8:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
  • March 26 from 8:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. or 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

By registering for this class, you are committing to attend all eight of the online class sessions and one in-person irrigation audit session.

Note that registrants will receive a link to additional pre-recorded content, which should be viewed prior to the start of the class.


 INSTRUCTOR: Lori Palmquist

Lori is an irrigation specialist who has worked in the landscape trade for 35 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.


Since the launch of his independent eco-landscape contracting firm in 2011, Christopher Reamer has worked extensively throughout California at the cutting edge of landscape water conservation. Awarded the "Water Awareness of the Year” award in 2013 from the City of Santa Rosa for extensive work with the development of greywater, rainwater and high-efficiency irrigation systems, Chris has instructed over 40 landscape water conservation trainings in both English and Spanish, installed over 60 greywater irrigation systems and numerous water efficient landscapes for diverse clients throughout the San Francisco Bay Area.


Location: Online

Presenter: Lori Palmquist and Christopher Reamer


Monday, March 11th, 2024 8:00 am-10:30 am - Location: Online

Tuesday, March 12th, 2024 8:00 am-10:30 am - Location: Online

Wednesday, March 13th, 2024 8:00 am-10:30 am - Location: Online

Thursday, March 14th, 2024 8:00 am-10:30 am - Location: Online

Monday, March 18th, 2024 8:00 am-10:30 am - Location: Online

Tuesday, March 19th, 2024 8:00 am-10:30 am - Location: Online

Wednesday, March 20th, 2024 8:00 am-10:30 am - Location: Online

Thursday, March 21st, 2024 8:00 am-10:30 am - Location: Online

Registration Closes: 03/07/2024

Sponsored by: California Water Efficiency Partnership

For more information, contact:

Julia Mes

Online Registration is not available.