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Estimating and Bidding Landscape Irrigation Systems

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Course Code: AL0607CA17

Irrigation System Estimating and Bidding

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March 2, 2017
9:00am - 4:00pm (Check-in time: 8:30am)


Do you really know how much you should be charging for your irrigation work? If you struggle to come up with estimates that win jobs and make you money, this class will help!

Irrigation contractors use a variety of formulas or rules of thumb to price landscape irrigation system installations. Some method work, some don't.

In this course, instructor Bob Dobson will demonstrate the benefits and shortfalls of the most common methods of estimating landscape irrigation systems. You'll learn how to accurately estimate your material, labor and equipment costs. You'll also understand what overhead is and explore a variety of methods to recover those overhead costs.

Once an accurate cost estimate has been calculated, it's time to create a bid or offering for the client. Join in an interactive discussion with other attendees on what what should and should not be included in a bid or proposal.

Conclude the day by preparing a sealed bid for an irrigation system for a small commercial property.

You'll leave this class with the knowledge and hands-on practice you need to create realistic and profitable estimates to help you succeed in the competitive landscape irrigation market!


Certified Public Works Manager (CPWM) Credits

Golf Course Superintendents Association of America (GCSAA) Education Points

National Irrigation Association Credits (National Board)

Landscape Irrigation Association Licensing Board Credits (New Jersey Board)

Rutgers CEUs

For the latest credit information, please call (848) 932-7483.

Meet Bob Dobson, Your Irrigation Systems Course Instructor
irrigation systems

Instructor Bob Dobson provides a hands-on demonstration in an irrigation systems class.

By attending this course, you will have the opportunity to learn the ins and outs of irrigation from a true expert! Bob Dobson is President of Middletown Sprinkler Co. in Port Monmouth, NJ, a full service irrigation firm that has been serving the northeast for over 40 years and specializes in water efficient landscape irrigation systems that promote healthy and vibrant landscapes while conserving water and reducing water costs. Bob is an Irrigation Association (IA) Certified Irrigation Designer for residential, commercial, and golf course irrigation systems and an IA Certified Irrigation Contractor.

A leading voice in the irrigation industry, Bob is a past president of the national Irrigation Association, the Irrigation Association of New Jersey, and the New Jersey Turfgrass Association. He is also a past chairman of the national Irrigation Association's Certification Board of Governors and has served on the IA's Board of Directors. He is a member of the New Jersey Landscape Irrigation Contractors Examining Board.

Bob has been honored with the IA's Industry Achievement Award and the Irrigation Association of New Jersey's Lifetime Achievement Award. He was also recognized by the EPA with a WaterSense Excellence Award. He is the co-author of a book entitled Golf Course Irrigation: Environmental Design and Management Practices, which was published in 2003.

Read an article featuring irrigation instructor Bob Dobson from Turf Design Build Magazine!

Early Registration Fee $225.00 Register on or before February 16, 2017 and save!
Registration Fee $240.00 After February 16, 2017
Cancellation Fee $35.00  

Substitutions are permitted. View cancellation policy.


Continental breakfast and deli lunch will be provided to you at no additional cost.

NOTE: If you have any dietary restrictions or food allergies, please alert us at least one (1) week in advance of the course start date so that we can make reasonable accommodations. We cannot guarantee accommodations for special requests made after that time.


GPS systems may not recognize campus addresses. Even if they take you to the correct building, they will not take you to the assigned parking lot. Therefore, we strongly recommend that you use the directions we provide.

Extension Conference Center
18 Ag Extension Way, New Brunswick, NJ 08901
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Program Questions? Contact Us!

Program Coordinator: Joe Canzano, 848-932-7317
Administrative Assistant: Karen Tizzano, 848-932-7483

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