Best Irrigation Courses

Find the best online Irrigation Courses for you. The courses are sorted based on popularity and user ratings. We do not allow paid placements in any of our rankings. We also have a separate page listing only the Free Irrigation Courses.

Automatic Irrigation System with Arduino

Make your own Automatic Irrigation System and stop wasting time on checking your Soil manually and Start Automating Life

Created by Educational Engineering Team - Team of skilled Engineers Sharing Knowledge with the World

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Students: 13682, Price: $89.99

Students: 13682, Price:  Paid

>>> This Course will teach you how to Make an Automatic Irrigation System with Arduino, This Guide will take you in a step by step manner to know what each component inside the system is, and what it does and how to wire it up, starting with the Soil Moisture Sensor, Nokia 5110 LCD Screen and ending with resistors. <<<

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More Than 3000 STUDENTS!!! THANK YOU!!!

What students are saying:

  • Sunil Thakur  says, "Excellent course for starting in Arduino especially for farm irrigation."

Welcome to this course.

You will know what is the actual working principle of Soil Moisture Sensor and how to interface and configure it correctly so that you can get accurate data with this Arduino Powered device and automate the Irrigation system.

After this course you will be able to make your own  Automatic Irrigation System device and the choice is yours to use it or sell it or start a business, or do anything that comes in your mind, this will make your life easier, since all connections are explained in details.

Goal From This Course:

  • Connect Arduino Ethernet Shield to Arduino Board with all necessary Components and make it Internet Based.

What you will learn in this Course

  • How to connect Nokia 5110 LCD to Arduino.

  • How to connect FC-28 Soil Moisture Sensor to Arduino.

  • How to Detect Land condition Using Arduino.

  • How Irrigation Process Actually Works.

  • How to interface different type of electronic elements with Arduino.

  • How Arduino Can make your life easier.

  • How Program, burn a code and wire Arduino and Soil Moisture Sensor.

  • What are the right tools that you need to start making amazing projects.

  • Why control with Arduino is better than traditional Control Methods.

Drip Irrigation Design and Installation for Beginners

How to Design,Install and Maintain your Drip Irrigation System

Created by Rob Littlepage - Landscape Architect & Educator

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Students: 974, Price: $24.99

Students: 974, Price:  Paid

Drip irrigation is by far the most efficient use of our water resources - as long as it's designed, installed and maintained correctly.  This is an introductory course for those of you wanting to have a better understanding of both point source and inline drip systems.  We'll be covering sources of water for irrigation and the effect different soil textures have on selecting components of the system.  We'll also dive into drawing the plan and the basics of doing a take-off list for when you go to purchase everything you need.

Installation tips and techniques will also be covered in detail - like how to assemble a drip irrigation valve manifold whether it be an anti-siphon valve or an inline valve.  The importance of filtration cannot be underestimated and we'll be talking about this in some depth. 

How does a drip emitter even work?  How does it provide even pressure and flow?  We'll cover all of this and more.    

We've added at Lecture 20 - Drip Irrigation for the Home Vegetable Garden!  If you're looking for some ideas on irrigating your veggies you can jump straight to this short lesson!  We'll cover drip irrigation in raised beds and straw bale gardens as well. 

Finally we'll discuss maintaining and troubleshooting to keep your irrigation up and running smoothly.

Thanks for taking a look at our course and Marc and I hope you'll join us!

Build a PVC Drip Irrigation System for your Garden

Learn all you will need to know to improve your vegetable gardening by adding a PVC Drip system to water your plants

Created by Rick Stone - Expert Gardener

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Students: 818, Price: $19.99

Students: 818, Price:  Paid

This may be the most useful garden video you have ever watched!!  Learn how to make your own PVC drip irrigation system for your garden.

*** August 2018 Update - This course now has 26 minutes of new content including a new section on using a PVC drip system in raised beds!!

If you have ever considered adding a drip irrigation system to your vegetable garden, this is the year!!  With drought conditions over a large portion of the country, now is the time to cut your water usage and improve the quality of your vegetable garden!

Learn everything you need to know to get your own PVC drip irrigation system up and running this season.

Drip irrigation systems promote strong healthy plants, save time and resources in your garden and they save a ton of water!!  PVC based systems are easy to build, very flexible and much less expensive than other types of drip systems.

Master Gardener Rick Stone takes you through the process of building a PVC drip system. He covers all you need to know to get started.  In this class you will learn:

  • Why you should choose a PVC system over the other systems out there.

  • How to build your system, including cutting pipe, drilling holes,  and the hardware you will need.

  • How to create a main line water distribution system that will make it easy to get water to each of your garden beds

  • What size of PVC pipe is best for your garden.

  • Where and how many water holes will you need for the different types of crops.

  • How to attach your drip system to a rain water collection system!

  • Tricks on making your system very flexible and easily reconfigured for each year in your garden.

With almost 90 minutes of content you will learn every detail of what you need to do to get this PVC drip system up and running in your garden.  And of course this video comes with a full 30 day money back guarantee.  If for any reason you are not satisfied with this class you can have a full refund!  Buy it now, as the price will be going up in only a few months!!

A quick warning for those of you who's garden has a slope.  PVC drip systems don't deal well with big changes in slope in a garden.  Slopes cause uneven water pressure in the pipes and you will have some areas getting too much water and others not enough.  So if you garden is on a hill side or drops more than 2 or 3 inches over 50 feet you may want to consider a different watering option. 

Irrigation 101: Piping Systems

Learn all about using and repairing PVC, Polyethylene, Copper, Pex, and Galvanized Steel.

Created by Michael Haynes - Instructor at Pro Irrigation Training

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Students: 287, Price: $39.99

Students: 287, Price:  Paid

This course covers the pipe and tubing systems used for irrigation. You will learn real world skills such as; how to glue PVC pipe, solder copper joints, install and repair polyethylene pipe, repair Pex and Galvanized Steel, use specialty fittings like unions, slip-fixes, push-to-fit fittings, and learn to read a friction loss chart. We'll also drill down on details like; different thread types, the proper application of thread tape and pipe dope, and specialized tips that will make you more efficient and productive. This knowledge is indispensable to a new irrigation technician or DIY landscaper or gardener. This course is part 3 of our Irrigation 101 series. We're laying the foundations of knowledge, then we'll add on specific product knowledge. The format is classroom style lectures supplemented with video of real world and simulated repairs on key piping systems. You can download a 14 page PDF with fill-in-the blanks to keep as a field reference.

Irrigation 101: Electrical Basics And Irrigation Timers

Understand a sprinkler system's electrical components and gain real world troubleshooting and repair skills.

Created by Michael Haynes - Instructor at Pro Irrigation Training

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Students: 285, Price: $39.99

Students: 285, Price:  Paid

This course is a beginner's or entry level class on a lawn sprinkler's electrical system. We cover the fundamental concepts of volts, amps, & ohms and how to measure these at the timer. You'll receive a 4 step process to program any irrigation timer, whether AC or DC. Then we'll get specific about timers, covering all the features you need to program, troubleshoot, or maximize a system's efficiency. As always, I've given you several real world skills that you can put into practice today; selecting and programming the right timer, properly splice sprinkler wiring, use a multimeter to troubleshoot an irrigation timer, and how to use a wire doubler.

Advanced Drip Irrigation – Field Installations

Water Management in the Landscape

Created by Rob Littlepage - Landscape Architect & Educator

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Students: 284, Price: $19.99

Students: 284, Price:  Paid

This class is for those of you who want to learn, not just installation techniques, but how to actually calculate the amount of water your landscape requires for better water management.  This is not a beginners course on drip irrigation.  If you're decent with math and have a desire to be a better water manager then this course should be a good fit for you.

This was filmed both out of doors at a private residence in Martinez, California - near the San Francisco Bay and in my studio in Auburn, California.  It documents the installation of in-line drip irrigation under real-world situations; all of the participants work in the landscape and irrigation industry.  Explanations and  installation tips are offered and discussed throughout this course, each "actor" having the opportunity to describe what they are doing and why.  We'll be discussing drip irrigation for established plantings, vegetable beds, fruit trees, ornamental beds and native plants on a hillside.   Due to the location there will be times when leaf blowers, a jack hammer and passenger jets flying overhead will be heard.  I have done my best to mitigate these distractions and I don't feel they take anything away from the course, but I want you to be aware of them from the start.   Lecture 20 is a Bonus Lecture added in August 2021 - it is a tour of my own vegetable garden showing how I laid out and installed drip irrigation for raised beds.  A scaled diagram of hte garden and drip system is available for download in the Resources area for this Lecture.

The "in studio" lectures is where I'll be covering water management issues such as using reference evapotranspiration rates to help determine your irrigation run times.  We'll look at the formula for how to calculate the gallons of water your landscape needs.  The values I will be using are for Placer County, California, USA.  The formulas will work wherever you may be living, but you'll have to do some research on your own to find the critical evapotranspiration rate values for your location.  Universities, agricultural stations, farm advisers and local weather stations are all resources you can reach out to to get this information.

There will be some math included - techniques and formulas for determining how much water your various plants will require to be healthy without over-watering and wasting this resource.  Exercises and resources will be available for download and the irrigation plan for this project will also be available for you to download and refer to for your own projects.

The purpose of this course is to offer real-world solutions and insights into how drip irrigation can and should be designed and installed - whether you're a homeowner or a landscape contractor/designer.  If you're really interested in learning how to design and manage an effective drip irrigation system for your home or for a client, then I believe this course will be perfect for you.

Irrigation 101: Drip Irrigation For Lawn And Farm

Learn everything you need to know about using low-volume drip irrigation for your landscape or garden.

Created by Michael Haynes - Instructor at Pro Irrigation Training

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Students: 208, Price: $39.99

Students: 208, Price:  Paid

Drip irrigation is a revolutionary way of watering our landscapes and crops. In this course you'll learn all about how to properly use dripline, drip emitters, filters, pressure reducers, and all the fittings that put everything together. Then we'll go through a few real-world projects step by step to solidify your new knowledge! You'll see a full project that includes planning and calculating all the factors, laying out drip line, installing a filter, drain valve, drippers in pots, and hanging baskets. This course continues your basic irrigation training, meant for landscapers, irrigation technicians, gardeners, and anyone who wants to understand irrigation and lawn sprinkler systems.

Complete PVsyst Designing Course (V7-2021 Licensed edition)

Master designing of " Grid-Tied , Off-grid and Irrigation pumping systems " with a licensed and Latest PVsyst version.

Created by Abdelghany Nasef - Project Manager

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Students: 134, Price: $19.99

Students: 134, Price:  Paid

A powerful software for your photovoltaic systems

PVsyst is designed to be used by architects, engineers, and researchers.

It is also a very useful educative tool. It includes a detailed contextual Help menu that explains the procedures and models that are used, and offers a user-friendly approach with a guide to develop a project.

PVsyst is able to import meteo data, as well as personal data from many different sources also PVsyst presents results in the form of a full report, specific graphs and tables, and data can be exported for use in other software.

PVsyst 7 includes new features, improvements to the user interface and the user experience, and a new licensing system based on yearly subscriptions.

What’s new ?

Here are some of the new features which are available in PVsyst 7:

  • Support of 64-bit architectures : extension of PVsyst capabilities of handling large projects and shading scenes

  • Irradiance: new improved treatment of the circumsolar component, impacts on the electrical shadings and vertical Bi-facial systems

  • System : unlimited number of sub-arrays

  • Shadings : conversion of fixed tables to trackers, new trackers with central gap parameter for bifacial

  • Output AC circuit : definition of several MV and HV transformers, with their specifications

  • Live results display : see results values and graphs while the simulation is running

  • Economic evaluation : Levelized Cost of Energy (LCOE), Net Present Value (NPV), multiple loans of multiple types, advanced depreciation configuration

  • Economic evaluation : availability for Stand-alone and Pumping systems

  • Simulation : display of warnings during the simulation and with the results

  • Module Layout : great improvements in submodule shading calculations accuracy, print of the layout has also been improved and can now be printed in the report

  • User interface : improvements of the user interface and user experience

  • Localization : full-software translation coverage (except the Help), Turkish and Korean languages available


Software features:-

System Design Board

The system design is based on a quick and simple procedure:

  • Specify the desired power or available area

  • Choose the PV module from the internal database

  • Choose the inverter from the internal database

and PVsyst will propose an array/system configuration, that allows you to conduct a preliminary simulation.

The software embeds a color-coded warning / errors messaging system. If there’s a mismatch, issue, warning with your design, you will be warned within the proper frame.

System sizing: Visual tool

A specific tool gathers all constraints for the sizing of the system :

For the number of modules in a series: the upper diagram shows the I/V curve of the PV array, together with the MPPT range, voltage, power, and current limits of the inverter.

  • For the inverter sizing: the second graph displays the annual distribution of the array power, with the array and inverter nominal power

  • The optimal sizing of the inverter is based on the acceptable overload loss throughout the year. It usually leads to over-size the power ratio (array nominal power by respect to the inverter nom. AC power), by a factor of 1.25. After a good system sizing, you can define different losses like far and near shadings using a full 3D editor for the definition of the environmental and near shading conditions. Specialized tools are also provided for the evaluation of the wiring losses (and other losses like the module quality), the mismatch between modules, soiling, thermal behavior according to the mechanical mounting, system unavailability, etc.

3D Shading Scene

  • User-friendly object manipulation and creation

  • Easy import from external CAD tools (Sketchup, Helios3D, AutoCAD, etc)

  • Quick design: sheds layout, zones of tables

  • Orientation identification and scene validation tools

  • Sun Point of View Simulation

  • Multithreaded shading calculations

Simulation and results report

The simulation calculates the distribution of energies throughout the year.

Main results:

  1. The total energy production [MWh/y] is essential for the evaluation of the PV system’s profitability.

  2. The Performance Ratio (PR [%]) describes the quality of the system itself.

  3. The specific energy [kWh/kWp] is an indicator of production based on the available irradiation (location and orientation).

  • Shows the main energies and gains/losses involved in the simulation,

  • Powerful tool for a quick analysis of the system’s behavior, and potential improvements in the design.

Grid Storage

Storage in a grid system is a complex feature, as it may have different objectives, which lead to different strategies and different PV system configurations. Up to now, we have developed 3 strategies in PVsyst:

  • the storage for enhancing the self-consumption of the PV system owner.

  • a storage for ensuring peak shaving, when the possible power injected into the grid is limited.

  • a storage for the continuity of the user’s electricity feeding, when the grid is weak and often unavailable.

In each case the energy fluxes are different and lead to different simulation results.
As an example we show the energies involved in a self-consumption PV system.

Meteonorm included – 7.2

  • Direct search for a location using OpenLayers and GeoNames

  • Full Meteonorm v7.2 interpolation program for any location on earth

PV modules and Model Management, Inverters

PV modules and model Management

  • Sandia model implementation and comparison with PVsyst model

  • Tools for optimization parameters (low-light, I/V curve)

  • New parameters (tolerance, IAM profile, Vmax UL)

  • Optimizers (SolarEdge and Maxim)

Inverters

  • New parameters (Transfo, CEC efficiency)

  • Multi-MPPT with asymmetric inputs (unbalanced) and advanced Power Sharing

  • Improvement of choice by manufacturer

Ageing

Multi-year batch simulation:

  • For different operating years, same meteo data

  • For a set of yearly meteo data files

  • Results and graphs on the report

Bifacial calculations

Bifacial model for tracking 1-axis systems (unlimited trackers)

  • Improved the import parameters from the “real” system defined in 3D

  • Conceptual error in the model, which lead to an underestimation of the rear side irradiance by a factor of 1/GCR (i.e. a factor of 2 or more!)

  • Add the contribution of the Diffuse seen from the rear side.

  • Albedo in monthly values.Seasonal orientation: possibility of negative summer tilt for low Latitudes

Batch calculations

Batch mode and sheds optimization tool

  • Modification of the pitch as parameter

  • Bi-facial: height above ground as parameter

Economic evaluation

System cost evaluation:

  • CAPEX (installation cost)

  • OPEX (operating costs)

  • Abiltiy to define customized costs according to own system

Pricing strategy:

  • Detailed feed-in tariffs definition: fixed, variable or customized, hourly or seasonal variations

  • Selling policy: connection tax, yearly tariff variation, duration of tariff warranty

  • Parameters for self consumption economy

Advanced financial analysis:

  • Investment funds distribution: own funds, loans or subsidies

  • NPV (Net Present Value) and LCOE (Levelized Cost of Energy) calculation

  • Inflation, discount rate and detailed depreciation management

Profitability analysis :

  • Yearly balance, payback period and return on investment rate

  • Graphical results: tables, plots and pie charts

The New Water Wise Irrigation Drop-By-Drop

Irrigation Design and Retrofit for Homeowners and Gardeners

Created by Rob Littlepage - Landscape Architect & Educator

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Students: 43, Price: $24.99

Students: 43, Price:  Paid

Designing and installing an irrigation system can be daunting to say the least.  In this course - prepared primarily for homeowners and gardeners who would like to do their own irrigation - I'll break down this process to a simple step-by-step process that anyone can follow.  You'll learn how to determine how much water (gallons per minute/liters per minute) you have available and what your operating pressure is and what it should be.

I'll cover both spray and drip irrigation principles.  How to layout a system and how to select the best sprinklers for your situation.  This course is a basic, hands-on, class in irrigation design with an entire section on installation tips and advice to help you system go in smoothly and last for years to come.  I'll also cover some simple retrofits to convert spray irrigation systems to drip irrigation for greater efficiency.

Fertilization and irrigation – Become an expert

Theory and best practices of fertilizer and irrigation management

Created by Guy Sela - Plant nutrition and irrigation expert

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Students: 21, Price: $199.99

Students: 21, Price:  Paid

Learn the best practices and theory of fertilizer management, fertigation, irrigation scheduling, soil test interpretation and more.

The course “Fertilization and irrigation – Strategies and Best Practices” consists of 8 online sessions, 1-1.5 hours each, in which you will learn the best fertilization and irrigation practices.

Upon completing the course, you will master the fundamentals of fertilization and irrigation and will be capable of designing fertilization plans and irrigation schemes professionally.