QWEL (English) - Bay Area, CA - Online Class

The Bay Area Regional QWEL Training has moved online!

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.

Those who were enrolled in a previous QWEL training that was postponed due to the COVID-19 health crisis will be offered priority registration.

Like previous in-person classes the online version will cover all 10 sections of the QWEL reference manual.  This includes topics on soil and sustainable design principles, plant water needs, irrigation system design 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 October 19th). Exams will be administered online, and students will be required to pay an exam fee (not to exceed $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-hour EVENING sessions for two weeks Monday to Thursday beginning Monday, Oct. 5th (see schedule details below).  By registering for this class, you are committing to attend all eight of the 2-hour sessions. The QWEL exam will be offered the week of October 19th. 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, October 5th, 2020 7:00 pm-9:00 pm - Location: Online
Tuesday, October 6th, 2020 7:00 pm-9:00 pm - Location: Online
Wednesday, October 7th, 2020 7:00 pm-9:00 pm - Location: Online
Thursday, October 8th, 2020 7:00 pm-9:00 pm - Location: Online
Monday, October 12th, 2020 7:00 pm-9:00 pm - Location: Online
Tuesday, October 13th, 2020 7:00 pm-9:00 pm - Location: Online
Wednesday, October 14th, 2020 7:00 pm-9:00 pm - Location: Online
Thursday, October 15th, 2020 7:00 pm-9:00 pm - Location: Online

Registration Closes: 10/01/2020

Sponsored by: California Water Efficiency Partnership

For more information, contact:

Michael Walker
(916) 475-1203

Online Registration is not available.