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

Register today for this FREE online QWEL certification training course sponsored by ten San Francisco Bay Area Water Suppliers!

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 July 4th). 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.


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, June 20th (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 in the week of July 4th. 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, June 20th, 2022 6:00 pm-8:30 pm - Location: Online

Tuesday, June 21st, 2022 6:00 pm-8:30 pm - Location: Online

Wednesday, June 22nd, 2022 6:00 pm-8:30 pm - Location: Online

Thursday, June 23rd, 2022 6:00 pm-8:30 pm - Location: Online

Monday, June 27th, 2022 6:00 pm-8:30 pm - Location: Online

Tuesday, June 28th, 2022 6:00 pm-8:30 pm - Location: Online

Wednesday, June 29th, 2022 6:00 pm-8:30 pm - Location: Online

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

Registration Closes: 06/15/2022

Sponsored by: California Water Efficiency Partnership

For more information, contact:

Michael Walker
(916) 475-1203

Online Registration is not available.