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Anyone going to RainBird irrigation camp?

Discussion in 'Irrigation' started by Bigred350, Nov 26, 2006.

  1. Bigred350

    Bigred350 LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 779

    Next Monday Rain Bird is doing their irrigation training camp in Tunica,MS. I will be there on monday and tuesday. I was just seeing if anyone else is going?
  2. Mjtrole

    Mjtrole LawnSite Member
    Posts: 226

    Just curious and too lazy to look it up but what is the purpose of the camp?
  3. Ground Master

    Ground Master LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 505

    overpriced training
  4. Wet_Boots

    Wet_Boots LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 47,686

    You want to attend. Drink the Rainbird koolaid...:eek:
  5. Bigred350

    Bigred350 LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 779

    They offer sevral different types of classes all week long. Then they off a certification test to take to be certified.

    Yes it is exspensive and I may know everything they are teaching but it may be one of those things where its good to go to just to say you have been.
  6. hoskm01

    hoskm01 LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 5,690

    I would be interested to hear what it teaches, after you go, unless anyone else has been and can share? Doesnt sound like much of a review thus far.
  7. PurpHaze

    PurpHaze LawnSite Fanatic
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    Go with an open mind. At seminars I always learn something new or are refreshed on some things I've stored away in the back of my mind.
  8. jirrigation

    jirrigation LawnSite Member
    Posts: 27

    I went to the Rain Bird Academy in Las Vegas last December. Rain Bird points paid for the courses so all I had to pay for was the plane ticket and hotel room for the week. Most of the stuff I already knew, however the main reason I went was to get CIC certified which I was succesful at. Almost all of the courses were product specific. Two months after the Rain Bird Academy, I went down to Roanoke, Virginia, for Toro's Academy. The courses offered there were focused more on the business side of irrigation..ie. employee's, estimating, business practices. It was a mind opening experience to say the least. If anyone goes to one or the other I would 100% recommend the Toro Academy. Owners ---> Toro Academy. Employee's ----> Rain Bird Academy.

    I can't say for certain if it was the Toro classes which helped in our success this year, or it was years of hard work finally paying off, but this season we had a substantial increase in profit over last year, and I beleive it was mainly because of what me and my brother learnt at Toro University.
  9. hoskm01

    hoskm01 LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 5,690

    thanks jirrigation, ill look into the TORO class.
  10. Bigred350

    Bigred350 LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 779

    Rain Bird offers many differnent types of classes. Probably just the same as toro.

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