“The need for highly trained, knowledgeable irrigation professionals continues to grow,” said Paul Lierheimer, director of Rain Bird’s Contractor Division. “That’s why we’ve packed our training curriculum with a wide variety of courses. We want to help both new and experienced irrigation pros learn about the latest techniques and technology that can help homes, businesses, athletic fields, golf courses and parks use less water in the pursuit of healthy, attractive turf.”
Rain Bird Training Services offers three different ways for irrigation professionals to enhance their skill sets, become better water managers and improve their career prospects:
1. Rain Bird Factory Trained Classes provide comprehensive training on Rain Bird products and help attendees become experts on installing, managing and maintaining Rain Bird irrigation systems. By becoming Rain Bird Factory Trained, irrigation professionals can earn a specific designation that proves they’re the best choice for the job.
Rain Bird Services will host 28 Factory Trained classes during the 2017-2018 training season. These classes span a wide range of topics, including drainage, low-volume irrigation, valves, residential controllers, commercial controllers and decoders. Golf irrigation topics include Integrated Control System (IC) technician, central control operation, satellite control operation and golf course technician.
2. Rain Bird Academy Classes provide general irrigation skills training on products from various manufacturers. This training track includes Rain Bird’s five boot camp classes, which are endorsed as “IA Select” courses by the Irrigation Association. Rain Bird’s Irrigation Boot Camp provides attendees with the basics of irrigation in just one short week, making it ideal for individuals who are new to the profession. Boot camps will take place in numerous cities over the next six months.
3. Rain Bird Customized Training is ideal for medium- and large-sized irrigation contractors, public agencies and irrigation distributors. Rain Bird’s highly trained instructors travel to your location and provide training on only the products you use.
“We realize that sending a large group offsite for irrigation training can be cost-prohibitive and logistically difficult,” said John Sais, senior technical trainer for Rain Bird Services. “Our customized, on-site training can be much more affordable, and it allows larger organizations to train employees with varying skill levels on products and practices that are completely relevant to their specific needs.”
Rain Bird Services will host two Professional Irrigation Training Camps (PITC). These week-long events include both factory trained, boot camp and golf training tracks, giving attendees the flexibility to register for those courses that best meet their needs. The first PITC is Dec. 11-15, 2017 in Las Vegas. The second camp is Feb. 12-16, 2018 in Orlando.
“We’ve been training irrigation professionals since 2003,” said Robert Pfeil, marketing group manager for Rain Bird Services. “Over the years, we’ve been able to gain valuable feedback and enhance our class offering to ensure we’re teaching attendees the skills they need to be truly competitive in this industry. We’re constantly researching new products, technologies and techniques so that we can provide the most relevant, up-to-date irrigation training that helps individuals, businesses and organizations achieve new levels of success.”