I think u should have to get an Irrigation liscense regardless of the state u live in. I just completed my 40 hour coarse last weekend and learned 100x more than these fly by night acts ever will. I wish Texas would start cracking down on these non official irrigators. Fine the crap out of them and force them to take the test or lose there business(well I guess thats a little extreme). The north east is pretty wet so thats the reason no liscense is needed. Texans just trying to help our state out for the future by requiring a liscense for conservation purposes. Those of u who haven't taken it, sacrifice 2 weekends and take it it is well worth it. I am scheduled to take the San Antonio test Dec 13 and yes its an 8 hour test. Starting next year they won't be doing the design portion, but rumor has it that the test gets harder after that so get it done know. Jody PS all of u texas fly by night acts, keep going, I will be making tons of your repairs that need to be done.