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VIRTUAL SUMMER Tech 2022

August 22 - 24, 2022

All sessions will be held via Zoom Webinar. 
Log-In Information will be sent to registered attendees the day prior to each session.

REGISTRATION DEADLINE DATE:  FRIDAY, AUGUST 19, 2022

WINTER TECH COURSE DESCRIPTIONS

SPECIAL NOTE FOR CONTRACTORS:  In January of 2021, all licensed contractors were informed by letter from the state that there is a new CEC requirement taking effect. There will still be a total of 16 CECs required each cycle, with at least 8 of those CEC’s in water conservation topics, but also now a total of 2 CECs will also be required of the 16 overall in topics related to NJ business law and/or building codes. Please note the designation listed after each course to be sure you are taking the proper credits. If you are NOT sure where you stand with credits, contact the state directly at 609-984-7834 or lic@dca.nj.gov.

MONDAY, AUGUST 22, 2022

Understanding Irrigation Pumps

  • Monday, August 22nd 
  • 3:00pm – 5:00pm – VIRTUAL CLASS
  • Instructor: Jim Gurzler
  • 2.0 CECs (General)
  • IANJ Members = $50/Non-Members = $100

Description (click to read more)

Description:  This course is designed to share with you the basics of proper pump selection, pump sizing, power considerations, filtration, Variable Frequency Drives, and maintenance. The goal is to be comfortable selecting the correct pump and understanding why the pump you may be replacing has failed.

About the Instructor: Jim Gurzler of Reasonable Outdoors LLC has over 25 years of experience with irrigation, including golf course, commercial and residential applications, along with extensive pump experience and has served on the GCSANJ education committee and on the Pocono Turfgrass Board as Editor.

Seasonal Water Allocation by Site using ET, Crop Coefficients and Scheduling Adjustments

  • Monday, August 22, 2022
  • 6:00pm – 8:00pm – VIRTUAL CLASS
  • Instructor: John Raffiani
  • 2.0 CEC (Water Conservation)
  • IANJ Members = $50/Non-Members = $100

Description (click to read more)

Description: Too many of us are falling prey to the “set it and forget it” of internet weather-based controllers. Others are still in the slow lane of only using Rain Sensors. Correct programming coupled with weather based adjustments is the best path. This course will focus on Best Management Practices (BMPs) particular to Irrigation contracting and knowledge-based insight to arrive at a correct water allocation for any site.

About the Instructor: John Raffiani been installing and servicing irrigation systems since 1966-more than 16,900 to date. He has completed projects from small residential systems up to 100-acre sites (in phases)-Homes, Shopping Centers, Corporate Office Parks, Athletic Fields and Condominiums in New Jersey, New York, Massachusetts, Florida, Arizona and California. Additionally, he has installed large scale landscape and drainage projects for the HOA market.

He is a Licensed Irrigation Contractor in NJ, an IA Certified Irrigation Contractor, an IA Certified Irrigation Technician, a Certified Back Flow tester, an NDS Certified Drainage Contractor, a Rutgers Certified Fertilizer Applicator and an IA Authorized Regional Instructor. He has written and taught many Continuing Education Credit courses and Webinars for the National IA, the NJ Irrigation Association, the NJLCA, the MNLA and the CICA. He is an active member of the IANJ, IA, NJLCA, NJTA and NEWWA.

TUESDAY, AUGUST 23, 2022

Regulations Regulating Regulation

  • Tuesday, August 23, 2022
  • 11:00am – 12:00pm – VIRTUAL CLASS
  • Instructor: Chris Keating
  • 1.0 CEC (General)
  • IANJ Members = $25/Non-Members = $50

Description (click to read more)

Description:  This class will explain and raise awareness of the recent laws sweeping the country that ban the manufacture, sale and installation of conventional spray heads. The laws mandate the use of spray heads with built in pressure regulation. The class will cover the reasons for the laws and explain the purpose of the technology and why it is deemed necessary.

About the Instructor: Chris Keating began his 47+ year career as a contractor in New Jersey in 1974 installing hydraulic sprinkler systems. His time in the industry has been spent contracting, working in various distributorships in NJ and VA as a salesperson or executive manager. He’s worked for Toro for the past 14 years in sales. During his career, he’s served on the IA board of directors, as chair of the Irrigation Foundation, as president of the Irrigation Association of New Jersey, and currently as treasurer of the Carolinas Irrigation Association. Chris is the current chair of the IA’s new Professional Mentoring Program. Chris has presented technical and business classes to thousands of contractor and distributor attendees. His training is based in common sense and is informed by his years of varied experience. He’s “walked the walk”. Chris currently lives in Richmond, VA. He has spent time in NJ, FL, TX, MO, MD, and VA.

Troubleshooting Irrigation Systems

  • Tuesday, August 23, 2022
  • 1:00pm – 5:00pm – VIRTUAL CLASS
  • Instructor: Ted Moriarty
  • 4.0 CECs (General)
  • IANJ Members = $100/Non-Members = $200

Description (click to read more)

Description: This course provides the irrigation professional with a complete and in-depth overview of all major aspects of irrigation system troubleshooting and solutions to common problems. Topics include hydraulic and electrical troubleshooting of piping systems and valves, common sprinkler problems and their solutions, and controller troubleshooting. Hydraulic problems and in many respects, electrical problems can lead to water waste….Diagnosing, identifying, analyzing and resolving problems of controllers, electrical components, valves, piping systems, sprinklers and also troubleshooting for water waste.

Instructor: Ted Moriarty is beginning his 35th year in the irrigation industry. He has worked as a branch manager, sales manager and area manager in distribution. He has worked sales representative for two major international irrigation equipment manufacturers. Ted now owns and operates Smart Watering Company, a Boston MA based irrigation consulting business specializing in water management issues, industry training and servicing and retrofitting residential and commercial irrigation systems. He holds IA Certifications in Design (commercial), Contractor, and Landscape Irrigation Auditor. Ted has been training industry professionals for nearly all of his years in the industry. In 1998, he became an Irrigation Association instructor, and has developed and updated several IA classes. In addition to this, he has developed curriculum for and provides training for the licensing requirements in North Carolina, New Jersey and Connecticut. Ted also provides training for water purveyors and government agencies.

NJ Codes & Laws As They Relate To Irrigation Contracting

  • Tuesday, August 23, 2022
  • 6:00pm – 8:00pm – VIRTUAL CLASS
  • Instructor: John Raffiani
  • 2.0 CECs (NJ Codes & Laws)
  • IANJ Members = $50/Non-Members = $100

Description (click to read more)

Description: An in depth review of the key points in our Licensing Act, Building Codes, Permits, Consumer Affairs Contract Requirements (yes-they apply to you!), Utility Mark outs and Back Flow testing.

Instructor: John Raffiani been installing and servicing irrigation systems since 1966-more than 16,900 to date. He has completed projects from small residential systems up to 100-acre sites (in phases)-Homes, Shopping Centers, Corporate Office Parks, Athletic Fields and Condominiums in New Jersey, New York, Massachusetts, Florida, Arizona and California. Additionally, he has installed large scale landscape and drainage projects for the HOA market.

He is a Licensed Irrigation Contractor in NJ, an IA Certified Irrigation Contractor, an IA Certified Irrigation Technician, a Certified Back Flow tester, an NDS Certified Drainage Contractor, a Rutgers Certified Fertilizer Applicator and an IA Authorized Regional Instructor. He has written and taught many Continuing Education Credit courses and Webinars for the National IA, the NJ Irrigation Association, the NJLCA, the MNLA and the CICA. He is an active member of the IANJ, IA, NJLCA, NJTA and NEWWA.

WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 24, 2022

Understanding and Implementing Hydraulic Principles to Address Design and Field Challenges

  • Wednesday, August 24, 2022
  • 1:00pm – 5:00pm – VIRTUAL CLASS
  • Instructor: Ted Moriarty
  • 4.0 CECs (Water Conservation)
  • IANJ Members = $100/Non-Members = $200

Description (click to read more)

Description:  A successful installation or renovation project depends on determining the best and most feasible course of action to take. This requires making decisions in the field regarding three key elements – Sprinkler pressure, spacing, and flow based on the manufacturer’s specifications. This leads to good distribution uniformity and therefore conserving water while keeping the plants healthy. This class will address the fundamental hydraulic principles supporting these three important elements, with an emphasis on spacing and nozzling. Also discussed will be how to address difficult areas which need to be irrigated with the goal of mitigating water waste, such as overspray. New techniques using different approaches for mixing and matching different irrigation equipment will be covered.

About the Instructor: Ted Moriarty is beginning his 35th year in the irrigation industry. He has worked as a branch manager, sales manager and area manager in distribution. He has worked sales representative for two major international irrigation equipment manufacturers. Ted now owns and operates Smart Watering Company, a Boston MA based irrigation consulting business specializing in water management issues, industry training and servicing and retrofitting residential and commercial irrigation systems. He holds IA Certifications in Design (commercial), Contractor, and Landscape Irrigation Auditor. Ted has been training industry professionals for nearly all of his years in the industry. In 1998, he became an Irrigation Association instructor, and has developed and updated several IA classes. In addition to this, he has developed curriculum for and provides training for the licensing requirements in North Carolina, New Jersey and Connecticut. Ted also provides training for water purveyors and government agencies.

Scheduling For Water Conservation - Past, Present & Future

  • Wednesday, August 24, 2022
  • 6:00pm – 8:00pm – VIRTUAL CLASS
  • Instructor: John Raffiani
  • 2.0 CECs (Water Conservation)
  • IANJ Members = $50/Non-Members = $100

Description (click to read more)

Description:  A real deep dive into the science and math behind applying water to landscapes that will make anyone THINK more about the nuts and bolts of how to schedule with confidence. Topics include program design, controller selection, sensors, alternate water saving products, the economics of saving water and upselling your client on the need.

About the Instructor: John Raffiani been installing and servicing irrigation systems since 1966-more than 16,900 to date. He has completed projects from small residential systems up to 100-acre sites (in phases)-Homes, Shopping Centers, Corporate Office Parks, Athletic Fields and Condominiums in New Jersey, New York, Massachusetts, Florida, Arizona and California. Additionally, he has installed large scale landscape and drainage projects for the HOA market.

He is a Licensed Irrigation Contractor in NJ, an IA Certified Irrigation Contractor, an IA Certified Irrigation Technician, a Certified Back Flow tester, an NDS Certified Drainage Contractor, a Rutgers Certified Fertilizer Applicator and an IA Authorized Regional Instructor. He has written and taught many Continuing Education Credit courses and Webinars for the National IA, the NJ Irrigation Association, the NJLCA, the MNLA and the CICA. He is an active member of the IANJ, IA, NJLCA, NJTA and NEWWA.

MEET THE SPEAKERS

JIM GURZLER (Click to read about Jim)

Jim Gurzler of Reasonable Outdoors LLC has over 25 years of experience with irrigation, including golf course, commercial and residential applications, along with extensive pump experience and has served on the GCSANJ education committee and on the Pocono Turfgrass Board as Editor.

CHRIS KEATING (Click to read about Chris)

Chris Keating began his 47+ year career as a contractor in New Jersey in 1974 installing hydraulic sprinkler systems. His time in the industry has been spent contracting, working in various distributorships in NJ and VA as a salesperson or executive manager. He’s worked for Toro for the past 14 years in sales. During his career, he’s served on the IA board of directors, as chair of the Irrigation Foundation, as president of the Irrigation Association of New Jersey, and currently as treasurer of the Carolinas Irrigation Association. Chris is the current chair of the IA’s new Professional Mentoring Program. Chris has presented technical and business classes to thousands of contractor and distributor attendees. His training is based in common sense and is informed by his years of varied experience. He’s “walked the walk”. Chris currently lives in Richmond, VA. He has spent time in NJ, FL, TX, MO, MD, and VA.

TED MORIARTY (Click to read about Ted)

Ted Moriarty is beginning his 35th year in the irrigation industry. He has worked as a branch manager, sales manager and area manager in distribution. He has worked sales representative for two major international irrigation equipment manufacturers. Ted now owns and operates Smart Watering Company, a Boston MA based irrigation consulting business specializing in water management issues, industry training and servicing and retrofitting residential and commercial irrigation systems. He holds IA Certifications in Design (commercial), Contractor, and Landscape Irrigation Auditor. Ted has been training industry professionals for nearly all of his years in the industry. In 1998, he became an Irrigation Association instructor, and has developed and updated several IA classes. In addition to this, he has developed curriculum for and provides training for the licensing requirements in North Carolina, New Jersey and Connecticut. Ted also provides training for water purveyors and government agencies.

JOHN RAFFIANI (Click to read about John)

John Raffiani been installing and servicing irrigation systems since 1966-more than 16,900 to date. He has completed projects from small residential systems up to 100-acre sites (in phases)-Homes, Shopping Centers, Corporate Office Parks, Athletic Fields and Condominiums in New Jersey, New York, Massachusetts, Florida, Arizona and California. Additionally, he has installed large scale landscape and drainage projects for the HOA market.

He is a Licensed Irrigation Contractor in NJ, an IA Certified Irrigation Contractor, an IA Certified Irrigation Technician, a Certified Back Flow tester, an NDS Certified Drainage Contractor, a Rutgers Certified Fertilizer Applicator and an IA Authorized Regional Instructor. He has written and taught many Continuing Education Credit courses and Webinars for the National IA, the NJ Irrigation Association, the NJLCA, the MNLA and the CICA. He is an active member of the IANJ, IA, NJLCA, NJTA and NEWWA.

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