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Irrigation Systems: Repair and Maintenance

Course Code: AL0603CA20

Irrigation Systems: Repair and Maintenance

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We are offering an online Irrigation 101 class on September 2, 2021. View course details and register!

Last Held: November 22, 2019
9:00am - 4:00pm (Check-in time: 8:30am)

Next offering TBD


Instructor Bob Dobson will teach you how to diagnose and repair the most common problems of irrigation systems:

  • Broken pipes
  • Malfunctioning valves
  • Misfiring sprinkler heads
  • Electrical issues

You'll work with the system's components, and you'll learn the best tools for every job. Bob will set aside time to answer questions about whatever is plaguing your system.

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The November 22, 2019 offering of this course was approved for the following credits. We will reapply for similar credits the next time the course runs, but we cannot guarantee credit approval for future offerings.

Certified Public Works Manager (CPWM) Credits
7 Technical

Golf Course Superintendents Association of America (GCSAA) Education Points

National Irrigation Association Credits (National Board)
This course is eligible for credits but students must apply on their own. There is no fee for the application.

Landscape Irrigation Association Licensing Board Credits (New Jersey Board)
6.0 CEC's (No Water Conservation credits)

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.

Comment from past students about Bob:
"Great information about irrigation systems."
"Great visuals, good techniques."
"Bob is awesome."

Early Registration Fee TBD  
Registration Fee TBD  
Cancellation Fee TBD  

Substitutions are permitted. View cancellation policy.


Continental breakfast and deli buffet 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
Directions, Parking Information & Map


  • All visitors must register their vehicles online with the Rutgers Department of Transportation Services. A link will be provided in your course registration confirmation email. Be sure to complete this important step prior to traveling to campus.
  • All Rutgers faculty/staff/students must use their regular Rutgers permit and park in the nearest lot assigned for their permit type.
  • Citations/fines will be issued for failure to comply with these policies.

Note: Pre-registration is required. We're sorry, but we cannot guarantee a seat, materials or meals for walk-in registrants. Location is subject to change; registrants will be notified in the event of a change.


Sorry, registration is not currently available for this course.

Would you like to be notified about future classes? 
Here are 3 convenient ways to be added to our mailing list:
1. Click here to join our mailing list (please reference "Irrigation Systems: Repair and Maintenance" or Course Code AL0603) 
2. Call us at 848-932-9271, select option 3
3. E-mail us at ocpe@njaes.rutgers.edu

Program Questions? Contact Us!

Program Coordinator: Joe Canzano, 848-932-7317
Administrative Assistant: Beth Perez, 848-932-7483

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Attention U.S. Veterans

This course is approved by the New Jersey State Approving Agency for Veterans Training for educational benefits through the GI Bill®. For more information about the GI Bill, click here.

GI Bill® is a registered trademark of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). More information about education benefits offered by VA is available at the official U.S. government website at http://www.benefits.va.gov/gibill.

Who Should Take This Course?

Any professional or landscaping enthusiast who wants to expand their irrigation knowledge to learn how to repair and maintain the systems they already use can benefit from attending this course. This list shows the types of professionals who have attended this course in the past:

  • Athletic Fields Crew
  • Construction Manager / Foreman
  • Construction Laborer
  • Gardener
  • Golf Turf Supervisor / Crew
  • Golf Course Superintendent
  • Greenskeeper / Grounds Manager
  • Horticulturalist
  • Irrigation Technician
  • Landscape Architect
  • Landscape Contractor
  • Nursery Owner / Professional
  • Parks Supervisor / Crew
  • Public Works Supervisor / Crew
  • School Building and Grounds Supervisor / Crew

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