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Landscape Irrigation Contractor Certification

Definition, Continuing Education and FAQs

A business that intends to perform landscape irrigation work must obtain a business permit to do so. In order to obtain a business permit, the business must employ a valid and certified landscape irrigation contractor. A home improvement contractor license does NOT apply to this work and does not substitute for it.

* Landscape Irrigation Contractor
A Landscape Irrigation Contractor is a person who is certified by the Board of Landscape Irrigation Contractors to perform the construction, repair, maintenance, improvement and alteration of any portion of a landscape irrigation system, including required wiring within that system and connection to the required power supply and the installation and connection to a public or private water supply system under the terms and conditions of a contract.  A landscape irrigation system is any assemblage of components, materials or special equipment which is designed, constructed and installed for controlled dispersion of water from any safe and suitable source, including properly treated wastewater, for the purpose of irrigating landscape vegetation or the control of dust and erosion on landscaped areas, including integral pumping systems or integral control systems for manual, semi-automatic or automatic control of the operation of these systems.

NJ Certified Landscape Irrigation Contractors 

Landscape Irrigation Contractors Business Permits

There are businesses that operate and advertise landscape irrigation work without a business permit. The Board takes this seriously and investigates any violation of the law and regulations. Here is a list of businesses and individuals that have had final violations:




The Board of Landscape Irrigation Contractors has a new website where in you can make an application for a new certification, and also, for those already certified you can update your contact information, obtain a new copy of your certification card, submit and view continuing education credits (CEC’s) and renew your certification.  (FULL INFO HERE)

Link to Application/Certifcation


Below is a link to the Irrigation Association’s Certified Irrigation Contractor (CIC) exam. It is now the required examination in order to be certified here in New Jersey:

Link to Exam Info

* Continuing Education Credits

Effective March 17, 2014 all individuals certified as Landscape Irrigation Contractors are required to obtain 16 Continuing Education Credits (CECs) to renew their license, with at least 8 CECs in water conservation topics and 2 CECs in NJ business law & building codes. Individuals who have not yet submitted CECs can do so by logging into their account (see link above), and providing copies of course certificates to the Board. 

  • If you have questions regarding your CEC totals, please email us at

An overview of the online learning continuing education opportunities can be found in this brochure and you may register for these and other courses by clicking here.

Please note that the Irrigation Association (IA) is a national association and is distinguished from the Irrigation Association of New Jersey (IANJ).

* Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Related Links
Rules & Regulations
  • Application for Certification         - $45

    Re-application for Certification    - $45

    Certification Fee (initial)             - $300

    Certification Fee (Bi-annual)       - $300

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