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Range of industry training workshops

IAL operates Irrigation Training Australia, a Registered Training Organisation (RTO) providing a range of industry related training courses and workshops that contribute towards nationally accredited qualifications including Cert II, Cert III, Cert IV in Irrigation. IAL also manage and run the 6-day workshop Irrigation Essential School providing our students with a broad range of training topics about the latest industry innovations, techniques and practices.

Upcoming Training Workshops

OUR RANGE OF TRAINING COURSES & WORKSHOPS

  • AN INTRODUCTION TO BUSINESS SKILLS

    COURSE OVERVIEW

    This workshop introduces the skills needed to succeed in business and contains practical exercises to show you:

    COURSE TOPICS

    • what body language says about you
    • how to give positive signals
    • ways to improve your business writing skills
    • the power of para-verbal communication
    • how to remember people’s name
    • the advantages of good business etiquette

    COURSE OUTCOMES

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  • BASICS IN WIRING AND ELECTRICS FOR IRRIGATION SYSTEMS

    COURSE OVERVIEW

    This is a half day workshop on the Basics of Wiring and Electrics for Irrigation systems involving both theoretical and hands-on components

    COURSE TOPICS

    • Installation and termination of low voltage wiring for solenoid operated valves to common irrigation controllers
    • use of multi core cable
    • use of single strand cable
    • cable joining methods
    • troubleshooting

    COURSE OUTCOMES

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  • CENTRE PIVOT LATERAL MOVE

    COURSE OVERVIEW

    Centre Pivot & Lateral Move Irrigation Course

    Centre pivots and lateral moves (CPLM) have the potential to offer greater control and flexibility of irrigation management. Growers are seeing the many possible advantages for their businesses including potential yield improvements, reduced labour, more control of soil moisture as well as possible fertigation potential.

    COURSE TOPICS

    Learning outcomes:

    On the completion of this workshop, participants will be able to:

    • Identify the key components of centre pivot and lateral move (CPLM) systems
    • Identify the financial issues associated with the purchase and operation of a CPLM system
    • List the factors necessary for planning to install a centre pivot or lateral move
    • Compare sprinkler options and wheel options to improve operation of a CPLM system
    • Identify key measures and indicators of CPLM system performance
    • Identify sprinkler package issues
    • Outline soil-water management issues under CPLM systems

    COURSE OUTCOMES

    This workshop covers

    • Financial consideration
    • Planning factors
    • Design issues
    • Performance evaluation
    • Sprinkler packages
    • Operational issues
    • Maintenance

    The workshop includes both classroom and field activities.

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  • CONCEPTS OF DRIP IRRIGATION

    COURSE OVERVIEW

    A one day course delivering the Concepts of Drip Irrigation for those installing drip systems in landscape and agriculture situations. Proudly presented with the support of Netafim Australia

    COURSE TOPICS

    • Site data
    • Drip/emitter selection
    • Flow rate
    • Dripline Calculations (how much dripline?)
    • Application rate
    • System discharge rate
    • Calculating zones
    • Drip layouts
    • Slopes and mounds/site specific designs
    • Irrigation scheduling with drip
    • Soil types and classification
    • Maintenance and flushing (acid injection)

    COURSE OUTCOMES

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  • ENERGY EFFICIENCY WORKSHOP

    COURSE OVERVIEW

    Applied Energy Efficiency

    Irrigation Australia Limited is hosting this course for Irrigators broadly covering the content below and focused on Applied Energy Efficiency – The Carbon Management Master class Series.

    Course Description

    The course is especially relevant to the following positions and job functions:

    • Facilities and asset managers in both the private and public sector
    • IT Managers
    • Operations Managers
    • Small business owners
    • Property Managers
    • Finance and business analysts
    • Procurement and supply chain managers

    Applied Energy Efficiency course will be hosted by Carbon Training International who is the Registered Training Organisation leading the development and provision of Carbon Management, Carbon Accounting, Carbon Offset and Energy Efficiency training.

    COURSE TOPICS

    This course will help you understand the various energy efficiency opportunities available, as well as prepare you to build the business case to drive initiatives and deliver benefits across your organisation, e.g. power bill savings.

    COURSE OUTCOMES

    This 2 day course is based on 1 of the 12 accredited units which make up the Certificate IV in Carbon Management – CTICM303A – Evaluate Carbon Reduction and Renewable Energy Options.

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  • EVAPOTRANSPIRATION MASTERCLASS

    COURSE OVERVIEW

    Evapotranspiration Master Class

    Irrigation Australia Limited is hosting this course aimed at researchers, educators, irrigation advisors, policy staff and postgraduate students.

    More efficient water use through better knowledge and management of water applications to irrigated crops.

    COURSE TOPICS

    This two day Masterclass will give participants

    • Better understanding of the concepts, theories and latest research on evapotranspiration (ET)
    • Insights into the most up to date methods for estimating crop water requirements
    • About Crop Water Requirements:

    Accurate calculation of the amount of water required by crops in Australia is essential to ensuring optimal crop growth and yield as well as making the most efficient use of irrigation water drawn from surface and groundwater sources. Current crop water requirement estimation methods are based on the Food and Agriculture (FAO) Guidelines that were revised in 1998. Recent improvements to this method have been demonstrated for Australian crops and this new method will be made available.

    COURSE OUTCOMES

    Participants will take home:

    • Documented descriptions of the principles and concepts behind crop evaporation
    • Information and details about the latest crop water requirement estimation methods
    • Content areas to be covered:
    • ET in an agricultural and science context
    • Background theory on the Penman-Monteith equation and crop factors (FAO56)
    • Latest research and practice on evapotranspiration
    • Weather and climate services from Bureau of Meteorology
    • Progress on a new ‘one-step’ crop water requirement calculation method

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  • INTRODUCTION TO IRRIGATION - AGRICULTURE

    COURSE OVERVIEW

    Introduction to Agricultural Irrigation in Australia

    This course has been designed by Irrigation Australia Limited to assist in the education and training of professionals who are new to the irrigation industries or seeking to improve their knowledge about Australian irrigated agriculture.

    COURSE TOPICS

    Course Description

    Industry experts will guide participants towards a basic understanding of the principles of irrigation to help them better understand the real irrigation industry and perform their jobs more effectively. The course has an established track record and has received excellence reviews from those who have participated from SEWPAC. The course covers topics such as:-

    • Irrigation industry segments
    • Water sources
    • Major irrigation industries
    • Soil/plant/water relationships
    • Whole farm land and water plans
    • Physical water accounting
    • Irrigation efficiency and standards
    • Management of water supply as it relates to irrigation
    • Research and development

    COURSE OUTCOMES

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  • INTRODUCTION TO IRRIGATION - URBAN

    COURSE OVERVIEW

    This 2 day short course (or 1 day course in WA) has been developed to assist in the education and training of newcomers to the irrigation industry in Australia who want to learn more about the challenges and opportunities in the industry.

    Industry experts will guide participants towards a basic understanding of the principles of irrigation to help them perform their job more effectively and to develop as professionals in the irrigation industry

    COURSE TOPICS

    • The Irrigation Industry
    • Goverment Agencies
    • Irrigation Terms
    • Irrigation Units
    • Water Sources
    • Irrigation Efficiency
    • Soil/plant/water relationshipos
    • Irrigation products
    • Irrigation Components
    • Management and Maintenance

    COURSE OUTCOMES

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  • IRRIGATION EFFICIENCY

    WORKSHOP OVERVIEW

    Two day workshop covering the main aspects to.....

    WORKSHOP TOPICS

    • gathering irrigation water-use data
    • testing landscape sprinkler irrigation systems
    • compiling water records
    • basic irrigation scheduling
    • determining irrigation water requirements
    • basic system trouble shooting
    • developing system maintenance strategies
    • checking pressure and flow rates
    • conducting a water application distribution test
    • collecting data to determine irrigation uniformity and efficiency
    • assessing soil texture and root zone depths

    WORKSHOP OUTCOMES

    This training course delivers the following 3 units of competency, however, participants can only acquire these by completing the workbook activities outside of the workshop in their own day to day business routine and then forwarding the workbook to IAL for assessment.

    • AHCIRG306A Troubleshoot irrigation system
    • AHCIRG303A Measure irrigation delivery system performance
    • AHCIRG305A Operate pressurised irrigation systems

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  • IRRIGATION ESSENTIALS SCHOOL

    COURSE OVERVIEW

    Irrigation Essentials School

    Why attend this course?

    • Improved skills and knowledge in irrigation design, installation and troubleshooting
    • Better product knowledge and understanding of latest technology
    • Provide a more professional service to people relying on the irrigation industry for advice, service and products
    • Progress towards Certified Irrigation Professional
    • Progress towards a nationally recognised qualification
    • Insight and leadership
    • Networking

    This course will enable participants to provide a more professional service to people relying on the irrigation industry for advice, service and products.

    The course is aimed at people with a minimum of 3 months experience in the irrigation industry. It will help anyone employed in the irrigation industry, particularly those who work in a retail outlet.

    The presenters are highly experienced professionals who are actively working in the industry in technical, advisory and sales positions. Participants may attend the whole course or part of the program.

    IAL also engages subject matter experts for specialised topics such as hydraulics, troubleshooting and basic irrigation design.

    Tutors are on hand throughout the course to provide assistance, if required.

    Inclusions:

    The cost of the School covers all tuition, assessment and training materials such as manuals, handouts and copies of the Australian Pump Technical Handbook and the Pipe Friction Handbook and a field trip.

    IAL will also provide accommodation, morning tea, afternoon tea and lunch as well as the presentation dinner.

    COURSE TOPICS

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  • IRRIGATION HYDRAULICS

    COURSE OVERVIEW

    Irrigation Hydraulics Workshop

    Irrigation Australia Limited is hosting this course for people wanting to determine hydraulic parameters for irrigation systems.

    COURSE TOPICS

    Course Description

    • Participants successfully completing the workshop will be able to demonstrate sound knowledge of:
    • Plant/Crop Water requirements: determining how much water is required for your crop and how much water your system needs to move and in what time frame
    • Static and dynamic pressure: the difference between the two and how to calculate them
    • Hydraulics of irrigation systems: correct sizing of pipes, valves and other ancillary components and calculation of energy requirements
    • Pump selection and sizing: what size pump is required to meet the pressure and flow requirements of the system?

    COURSE OUTCOMES

    Upon successful completion of this course, the participant will be issued with the following unit of competency: AHCIRG402A – Determine Hydraulic parameters for an irrigation system.

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  • IRRIGATION PERFORMANCE EVALUATION

    COURSE OVERVIEW

    Irrigation Performance Evaluation Course

    Irrigation Australia Limited is hosting this course which will assist Managers of Landscape and Turf Irrigation Systems.

    Course Description

    This 2 day course trains people who are involved in operating or managing landscape irrigation systems to evaluate their systems for efficiency, adjust irrigation schedules if necessary, conduct basic maintenance on equipment and know when to get expert help.

    COURSE TOPICS

    The course may include the following.

    • Gathering irrigation water-use data – understanding the site – plants, soil, climate
    • Testing landscape irrigation systems
    • Reporting of water use
    • Measuring irrigation system performance
    • Determining plant water needs
    • Checking system hydraulics
    • Identifying opportunities for improved performance and efficiency
    • Collecting data to determine irrigation uniformity and efficiency
    • Assessing of soil texture and root zone depths

    The course involves both theory and hands-on practical training.

    COURSE OUTCOMES

    Completion of the course, as well as follow up assignments and activities, could be used for the achievement of 3 nationally recognised units.

    • AHCIRG303A – Measure irrigation delivery system performance
    • AHCIRG305A – Operate pressurised irrigation systems
    • AHCIRG306A – Troubleshoot irrigation systems (Check course brochure for units to be covered).

    Obtaining these units will depend on an individual’s skills, knowledge and experience.

    Participants receive a FREE Catch Can Instructional DVD

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  • IRRIGATION PUMPS

    COURSE OVERVIEW

    Irrigation Pumps Course

    Irrigation Australia are pleased to advise that we are continuing our Pumps training course in 2016/17. This will be a 2 day training course covering:

    COURSE TOPICS

    • determining system requirement
    • types of irrigation systems
    • irrigation and pumping system requirements
    • hydraulics of irrigation systems including friction calculations
    • understanding pump curves
    • pump selection
    • control and protection systems
    • installation and commissioning of irrigation pumps
    • maintenance and troubleshooting of irrigation pumps
    • testing pump performance

    COURSE OUTCOMES

    Upon successful completion of the course, and associated workbooks after the course, participants will be issued with a Statement of Attainment for the national recognised competency AHCIRG410A – Select and Manage Pumping Systems for Irrigation

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  • IRRIGATION SYSTEM CHECK SPORTS TURF

    COURSE OVERVIEW

    This workshop is for people working with irrigation systems who need to check effectiveness of irrigation systems and adjust for best efficiency. This workshop is very much hands-on but does include some theory.

    COURSE TOPICS

    • Recognise the basic components of an irrigation system and their function
    • understand basic irrigation layouts
    • identify problems on the ground with irrigation systems
    • make minor adjustments to the operation of an irrigation system
    • operate an irrigation controller

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  • METER VALIDATION AND INSTALLATION

    COURSE OVERVIEW

    Irrigation Australia Limited is hosting this course for Meter Validators and Installers broadly covering the content below.

    Course Description – 2 day (2 units) and 3 day (6 units) options

    The 2 day courses will provide participants with two (2) units of competency towards certification for Meter Validation and Installation upon completion of the necessary assessment tasks

    • NWPIRR014 Install meters for rural water supplies
    • NWPIRR022- Maintain meters for rural water supplies

    After the successful completion of the specific course based assignments such as completion of a written workshop assessment, supervise an actual meter installation, and provide a written journal of the installation with related images, participants will be issued with a Statement of Attainment for the 2 units covered.

    The 3 day courses will provide participants with all six (6) units of competency and Statements of Attainment for each upon completion of the necessary assessment tasks.

    • NWPIRR014 Install meters for rural water supplies
    • NWPIRR022- Maintain meters for rural water supplies
    • BSBWHS201 Contribute to health and safety of self and others
    • NWPGEN003 Apply the environmental and licensing procedures of the water industry
    • NWPNET002 Prepare and restore worksite
    • NWPNET011 Locate, identify and protect utilities

    “Some jurisdictional governments allow meters to be installed and maintained by non-certified persons; however in some States, a certified validator must inspect and approve the work prior to the meter being accepted for use”. Please check with your local government regarding metering requirements

    In WA – please refer to the Department of Water – Guidelines for Water Meter Installation 2009

    In Qld – the new guide to installing and validating non-urban water meters for unsupplemented water extractions in Queensland is now available at the Department of Natural Resources and Mines metering webpage. The ‘Water meter installer and validator guide for non-urban water meters’ provides general information on selecting, installing and validating a suitable non-urban water meter. A water entitlement holder must submit a ‘water meter validation certificate’ to the Department of Natural Resources and Mines that is completed by a validator as part of demonstrating that they have an ‘approved meter’. The water meter validation certificate is also now on this webpage.

    Applying for certification:

    To apply for IAL certification to install and validate rural water meters according to the Australian Standards and as laid out in the National Framework for Non-Urban Water Metering Policy Paper , participants will need to demonstrate competency* in a total of 6 units listed under the National Framework. The 6 units are comprised of the aboveRural Water Supply units and the following 4 units:

    • BSBWHS201 Contribute to health and safety of self and others
    • NWPGEN003 Apply the environmental and licensing procedures of the water industry
    • NWPNET002 Prepare and restore worksite
    • NWPNET011 Locate, identify and protect utilities

    The 3 day courses will provide participants with all six (6) units of competency and Statements of Attainment for each upon completion of the necessary assessment tasks. Participants can then apply for IAL certification (note this is an additional cost to the course fee)

    Applying for Certification:

    Participants can complete the 2 day course, and still apply for IAL certification (at an additional cost) Participants would need to complete the application form, the assessment tasks for the metering units (delivered over the 2 days) and obtain the Statements of Attainment. They would then need to complete a series questions related to the other 4 units, and provide third party verification. Download the Participants Instructions for applying MV Certification and the Evidence requirements with questions Evidence requirements with questions document that needs to be completed. Participants also need to supply Third Party Verifications for each of the other 4 units.

    Once completed, the verifications and questions/evidence needs to be sent to IAL Head Office for assessment

    COURSE TOPICS

    • New Australian Standards for Control of Rural Water Meter Installation and Validation
    • Explanation of the Pattern Approval process for meter manufacturers and what installers need to know when validating installations
    • Site preparation, component installation, site reinstatement and commissioning
    • Field assessment of meter installations

    COURSE OUTCOMES

    Upon successful completion of the assessment tasks and/or third party evidence forms etc, participants can achieve the following units of competency

    • NWPIRR014 Install meters for rural water supplies
    • NWPIRR022- Maintain meters for rural water supplies
    • BSBWHS201 Contribute to health and safety of self and others
    • NWPGEN003 Apply the environmental and licensing procedures of the water industry
    • NWPNET002 Prepare and restore worksite
    • NWPNET011 Locate, identify and protect utilities

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IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR IRRIGATION TRAINERS

Certificate IV in Training and Assessment (TAE40110) is a nationally recognised training and assessment qualification and It is the minimum requirement for a trainer in the national vocational education and training (VET) sector which includes formal training in a structured training environment, on-the-job instruction and workplace assessments.

IAL is a Registered Training Organisation and as part of the Standards for Registered Training Organisations (RTOs) 2015, an RTO’s training and assessment may only be delivered by trainers and assessors who have:

  • TAE40110 Certificate IV in Training and Assessment or a diploma or higher level qualification in adult education.
  • Vocational competencies at least to the level being delivered and assessed
  • Current industry skills directly relevant to the training and assessment being provided, and
  • Current knowledge and skills in vocational training and learning that informs their training and assessment.

Irrigation Australia will be ensuring that all Trainers engaged by the IAL will meet the above qualification as a minimum. For further information please contact Geoff Harvey at geoff.harvey@irrigation.org.au

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