QWEL (English) - Sacramento, CA

The Regional Water Authority (RWA) is excited to offer the QWEL program. This training is offered for $50 per attendee.

Registration is a two step process:

The training includes an irrigation audit and exam, which are required to gain the QWEL professional certification.

By registering for this training you agree to attend the six classroom sessions listed below:

Classes will be held on Mondays and Wednesdays from
12:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

  • October 2, 2023
  • October 4, 2023
  • October 9, 2023 - In person audit
  • October 11, 2023 
  • October 16, 2023
  • October 18, 2023
  • October 23, 2023 - Exam
  • The exam is included

The QWEL curriculum includes the following sections:

  1. Where Our Water Comes From
  2. Sustainable Landscaping
  3. Soils
  4. Landscape Water
  5. Irrigation Systems
  6. Irrigation Maintenance & Troubleshooting
  7. Irrigation Auditing
  8. Irrigation Scheduling
  9. Irrigation Controllers
  10. Bringing It All Together

The training has been approved for 19.5 APLD CEUs. 

Presenters: Lori D. Palmquist and Cheryl Buckwalter

Lori Palmquist, CID, CIC, CLWM, CLIA, QWEL, WWLP
Principal, WaterWonk

Lori Palmquist is an irrigation expert who has designed, installed, repaired, maintained, and upgraded hundreds of irrigation systems in her 33-year career as a landscape professional. She has a fiery devotion to irrigation and water conservation and claims to have irrigation water running through her veins.

Lori is a former irrigation contractor whose current vocation is designing irrigation and teaching it to landscape professionals and the public. She has taught QWEL since 2010 and has an online irrigation school, called Irrigation Mastery, that opened in June of 2020. Lori is an avid student as well as a teacher and loves learning about the latest advances in irrigation technology.

She sees QWEL trainings as a wonderful opportunity for landscape professionals to come together and share their experiences and expertise while learning how to preserve our precious water supply.


Cheryl Buckwalter. CLIA, QWEL, ReScape Qualified Professional
Principal, Landscape Liaisons

Cheryl is an educator, consultant, and residential landscape designer. She has helped transform underused, outdated, and resource-guzzling spaces into drought-resilient, watershed-friendly landscapes that promote lasting and ambitious changes for the betterment of our lives, communities, and the environment.

Her passion is to educate and collaborate. Cheryl consults with water providers throughout the Sacramento region to develop resources, landscape incentive programs, and demonstration gardens. She embraces all opportunities to engage with landscape professionals and the public through classes, workshops, presentations, and conferences.

California and other states are faced with the ever-present threat of wildfires and drought. As the APLD CA Chapter Advocacy Chair, Cheryl currently is working with experts to develop a comprehensive educational program for landscape professionals. It will provide specialized education about ecology-based landscapes that address issues of biodiversity collapse, water scarcity, and wildfire threat. These professionals will be able to share their knowledge with clients and others. A favorite quote of Cheryl’s: 

“Individually, we are one drop. Together, we are an ocean.” ~ Ryunosuke Satoro 

Location: Online

Location: The Audit will be held at the City of Roseville Corporation Yard in Roseville, CA.


Monday, October 2nd, 2023 12:30 pm-4:00 pm - Location: Online

Wednesday, October 4th, 2023 12:30 pm-4:00 pm - Location: Online

Monday, October 9th, 2023 12:30 pm-4:00 pm - Location: Online

Wednesday, October 11th, 2023 12:30 pm-4:00 pm - Location: Online

Monday, October 16th, 2023 12:30 pm-4:00 pm - Location: Online

Wednesday, October 18th, 2023 12:30 pm-4:00 pm - Location: Online

Registration Closes: 09/25/2023

Sponsored by: Regional Water Authority

For more information, contact:

Monica Garcia
(916) 967-7692

Online Registration is not available.