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Requirements for Irrigation Contractors in Connecticut
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Many calls come into the CICA office regarding the requirements and licensing of irrigation contractors.  We attempt to answer most questions here, however the appropriate regulatory offices should be used as the final resource.

Two governmental agencies regulate irrigation contractors in Connecticut:

  • Department of Labor, Apprenticeship Program
  • Department of Consumer Protection

In Connecticut any person installing and/or maintaining must be licensed by the state of Connecticut.

Occupational Licensing for Irrigation:


J-3 Limited Lawn Sprinkler Contractor

The requirements for this license shall be two (2) years as a journeyperson or equivalent experience and training. This license permits the installation, repair, replacement, alteration or maintenance of lawn sprinklers systems.
Allows; “wiring, not exceeding twenty-four volts, used within a lawn sprinkler system only”

J-4 Limited Lawn Sprinkler Journeyperson
The requirements for this license shall be the completion of a registered one-year apprenticeship program or equivalent experience and training. This license permits the installation, repair, replacement, alteration or maintenance of lawn sprinkler systems only while the licensee is in the employ of a plumbing contractor licensed for such work.
Allows; “wiring, not exceeding twenty-four volts, used within a lawn sprinkler system only”

Continuing Education Requirements
J3 Plumbing and Piping contractors, as a condition of license renewals in any even-numbered year, shall take five (5) hours of continuing education courses during the two-year period prior to renewal of the license.

 J4 Plumbing and Piping journeypersons, as a condition of license renewals in any odd-numbered year, shall take three (3) hours of continuing education courses during the two-year period prior to renewal of the license.

Study Guide For J3/J4
Simplified Irrigation Design, 2nd Edition (Landscape Architecture) (Paperback)
by Pete Melby (Author)

CICA provides opportunities for meeting Continuing Education Requirements as well as beginning irrigation classes.
Visit CICA U for more information.

Becoming An Apprentice
An apprentice must be registered with the Connecticut Department of Labor.  The company that the apprentice works for must also be registered.

If you feel you meet the requirements due to education or experience you may present your case to the Connecticut Plumbing Board, Department of Consumer Protection.

Need help keeping it all straight? 

 

It can be daunting tracking what you need to renew your license & when you need continuing education credits. We hope this quick reference will assist you in "keeping it all straight".  If you have further questions, please call the Department of Consumer Protection.

  • Every year you must renew your license.
  • Every other year you must prove that you have met the continuing education requirements.
  • Continuing education requirements must be taken between November 1 and October 31 on the year that the requirement needs to be met.

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