QWEL (English) - San Francisco Bay Area, CA - Online Class (Mornings)

The Solano County Water Agency is sponsoring a FREE online QWEL certification training course!

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 conducting business or employed in any of the following counties: Santa Clara, San Mateo, San Francisco, Alameda, Contra Costa, Solano, Sonoma, Marin, and Napa, California.

Like previous in-person classes, the online version 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 (offered the week of March 7th). Exams will be administered online, and students will be required to pay an exam fee (approximately $30). Those who earn their QWEL certification will be listed as a Certified Professional on the QWEL and U.S. EPA WaterSense websites.

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


The QWEL Online training will be offered in 2.5-hour MORNING sessions for two weeks Tuesday to Friday beginning Tuesday, February 22th (see schedule details below).

By registering for this class, you are committing to attend all eight of the 2.5-hour sessions. The QWEL exam will be offered early in the week of March 7th. 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

Tuesday, February 22nd, 2022 8:00 am-10:30 am - Location: Online
Wednesday, February 23rd, 2022 8:00 am-10:30 am - Location: Online
Thursday, February 24th, 2022 8:00 am-10:30 am - Location: Online
Friday, February 25th, 2022 8:00 am-10:30 am - Location: Online
Tuesday, March 1st, 2022 8:00 am-10:30 am - Location: Online
Wednesday, March 2nd, 2022 8:00 am-10:30 am - Location: Online
Thursday, March 3rd, 2022 8:00 am-10:30 am - Location: Online
Friday, March 4th, 2022 8:00 am-10:30 am - Location: Online

Registration Closes: 02/17/2022

Sponsored by: California Water Efficiency Partnership

For more information, contact:

Michael Walker
(916) 475-1203

Online Registration is not available.