2018 Irrigation E3 program

Don't miss your chance to apply for the 2018 Irrigation E3 program!

Irrigation Foundation LogoThis program provides students and educators with a unique opportunity to gain exposure, experience and education in the irrigation industry at the annual Irrigation Show and Education Conference.

Each winner will receive an education and travel grant to the 2018 Irrigation Show in Long Beach, California, Dec. 3-7. At the Irrigation Show, winners are given the opportunity to take education classes, participate in industry sessions, attend networking events and walk the trade show floor.

Visit the Foundation’s website to view the program requirements and application process for students and instructors.

Message from the 2017-18 CIA President Erich Kolb


Carolinas Irrigation Association Contractor Membership renewal is upon us and we are looking to our membership for their continued support. The CIA is dedicated to supporting our Contractor Members through education, training, networking, promotion and advocacy of our industry.

Being a part of an association allows us to take action collectively to achieve goals we may not be able to achieve individually or within the confines of our own business. We are all busy. Business is good and time is precious. You can't do it all alone. Association membership and involvement allows you to be part of the bigger industry picture. The saying goes: "Many hands make light work."

There are many great reasons for a contractor to be a part of the CIA. As a contractor and business owner you may have had similar thoughts and questions as these:

"My company needs a training program, but I never find the time to develop one."

  • The CIA has a new Irrigation Technician Training Program. Training modules provide "hands-on" learning. The modules are taught in the Charlotte and Raleigh regions. See our website here for details. CIA Members receive discounted rates!

"I'd like for myself and my team to be involved in community service projects but where do I start?"

  • The CIA has multiple opportunities throughout the state and calendar year. Projects are great networking and team building experiences and they are an excellent way to promote the community involvement of your company.
  • Past CIA projects have benefitted students, veterans and the homeless.

"I'm searching for the next generation of irrigation and landscape professionals to help my business. How do I find them and connect with them?"

  • CIA meetings and events are held at schools like Alamance Community College and Sandhills Community College, where we take the time to meet the students and learn more about each school's programs.
  • Members of the CIA participated as volunteers and judges at the NALP Student Career Days. Horticultural students from across NC, the US and Canada were there to compete in the irrigation and landscape competition.
  • Utilize our job postings to find new contractors for open positions. Members receive discounts on postings.

"I want to improve my knowledge and keep up with industry trends; and, of course, CEU's are important also."

The CIA offers multiple learning opportunities across the state throughout the year including:

  • January - "Through the Pipes" education tracks through our partnership with NCNLA's Green & Growing.
  • Spring and Summer - Charlotte and Raleigh Golf and Education Events.
  • October - Waterpalooza in Raleigh
  • 4th Quarter - Last Chance Education in New Bern

Summer Golf Tournament & Continuing Education in Holly Springs is June 14th. Sign up now!

Come join us at Devils Ridge Golf Club for a morning of education (get your CEUs!) and an afternoon round of golf and fun with your industry friends. The CIA golf outing has grown in Charlotte and now we are expanding it to the Raleigh area. Take part in the education classes, golf or both! Check out the event and register here.

Thank you to all the Contractor Members who have and continue to support the Carolinas Irrigation Association. Please take a moment to fill out your 2018 membership renewal form. We need your help to continue and grow the Carolinas Irrigation Association.

Also, a big thank you to all the companies who have pledged their support to the Carolinas Irrigation Association for 2018 as an Associate Member. Visit our website to learn more about these essential CIA partners.


Erich Kolb
President, Carolinas Irrigation Association

ITTP Module 6 "Irrigation Technician Business Concepts" Postponed

The Irrigation Technician Business Concepts modules, scheduled for July 19th in Weddington and July 30th in Raleigh, have been postponed until this fall.  Please keep checking the ITTP page for complete details on when the sessions will be rescheduled.