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I want my irrigation license!

Discussion in 'Florida Lawn Care Forum' started by South Florida Lawns, Feb 12, 2011.

  1. South Florida Lawns

    South Florida Lawns LawnSite Platinum Member
    from usa
    Posts: 4,785

    So when we do installs we can keep it all in house. Only thing is we need 3yrs of experience. Who's hiring lol.
     
  2. tallrick

    tallrick LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 682

    These licenses are only there to limit the competition. Of course they make them next to impossible to get. Maybe a group of us needs to lobby the county commissioners to change the requirements. That's the Wall street way!
     
  3. Ric

    Ric LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 11,946

    Tallrick

    ONE MORE TIME PEOPLE, PLEASE UNDERSTAND IT THIS TIME. IF YOU CAN'T COMPREHEND IT THIS TIME. Then LIVE WITH IT BECAUSE I DON"T MAKE THE LAWS I ONLY TRY AND LIVE WITHIN THEM.



    The 3 year Requirement to sit for the test is there to be sure the Irrigation Contractor knows his stuff. The same as the Pesticide test. I have tried to explain over and over again it is not the Theory of Irrigation or Plumbing that makes it hard. It is the Thousand different Manufactures that make the same fixture. As a Licensed Irrigation contractor you are expected to be able to repair an other contractors work. Also there is a Plumbing Code that must be followed if the system is to pass inspection.
     
  4. Greg78

    Greg78 LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,010

    Just do it this way........ :hammerhead:
     
  5. Ric

    Ric LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 11,946

    Greg

    You need a sharp knife to cut the mustard, not a butter knife.
     
  6. Kiril

    Kiril LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 18,298

    Funny thing is .... despite the "hard" requirements, irrigation in FL is the joke of the land. :laugh:
     
  7. tallrick

    tallrick LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 682

    No. If a person can learn irrigation on his own and pass the tests, why is that not sufficient? Perhaps the tests are too easy so that less than the best can pass it? It does not take 3 years to learn irrigation, perhaps 3 months is too long as well. Personally I believe that licensing should be optional, and the customer can choose whether to hire a qualified contractor or get a cheap hack job. Most irrigation here is independent of the potable water supply anyway. It is not hard to repair a sprinkler system, or install one that can last for decades and perform well.
     
  8. Patriot Services

    Patriot Services LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 12,440

    Would you want to live in a house built by unlicensed/untested contractors? Every day I see streets getting watered, popups in flower beds and sticking 6" above the turf. We can't afford to waste water and you won't learn design and install in 3 months. Trades are taught in a step fashion, apprentice, journeyman and master. You can't read a book and become a skilled tradesman.
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  9. zturncutter

    zturncutter LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,308

    " Personally I believe that licensing should be optional, and the customer can choose whether to hire a qualified contractor or get a cheap hack job. "

    If licensing was not mandatory how would the homeowner know the diferrence between a hack job and a quality job ?
     
  10. zturncutter

    zturncutter LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,308

    "It does not take 3 years to learn irrigation, perhaps 3 months is too long as well. "

    WHAAAT, :laugh:. I was installing systems in the late 70's for two different licensed contractors as well as spending a year with a plumbing contractor in the early 80's when I got out of this business for a while. I learn something new all the time, 3 months does not make anyone a competent installer or repair tech.
     

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