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

The Sonoma-Marin Saving Water Partnership is sponsoring a FREE online QWEL certification training course!

In this course, Landscape professionals who work in Sonoma and Marin Counties receive priority registration. Registrants who work in other Bay Area Counties area are encouraged to enroll, however if the class becomes full, they will be informed and moved to a waitlist.

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.

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 April 11th). 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.





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 Online training will be offered in 2.5-hour EVENING sessions for two weeks Monday to Thursday beginning Monday, March 28th (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 April 11th. 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


Monday, March 28th, 2022 6:00 pm-8:30 pm - Location: Online

Tuesday, March 29th, 2022 6:00 pm-8:30 pm - Location: Online

Wednesday, March 30th, 2022 6:00 pm-8:30 pm - Location: Online

Thursday, March 31st, 2022 6:00 pm-8:30 pm - Location: Online

Monday, April 4th, 2022 6:00 pm-8:30 pm - Location: Online

Tuesday, April 5th, 2022 6:00 pm-8:30 pm - Location: Online

Wednesday, April 6th, 2022 6:00 pm-8:30 pm - Location: Online

Thursday, April 7th, 2022 6:00 pm-8:30 pm - Location: Online

Registration Closes: 03/24/2022

Sponsored by: California Water Efficiency Partnership

For more information, contact:

Michael Walker
(916) 475-1203

Online Registration is not available.