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Texas Irrigators License Test

Discussion in 'Irrigation' started by BanksPower, Jan 11, 2007.

  1. BanksPower

    BanksPower LawnSite Member
    Messages: 57

    How is everyone?
    I start my LI basic trainning class 1-15-07. Has anyone taken the Texas test recently. I have been in the landscape maintenance business for several years. I'm sure that alot of my questions will be answered when I start the class.

    Is the test as tough as people make it out to be?
  2. txgrassguy

    txgrassguy LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,083

    What would you call an examination that has a 40-60% first time failure rate?
    Personally, I did not find the test difficult however I have several college degrees, one of which in agronomy and fluid dynamics was heavily covered.
    The course should adequately prepare you for the test, just don't freak out when you take it - the test normally lasts for a minimum of six hours.
    I'd recommend you have several good #2 pencils, your irrigation template and a calculator with large buttons (these are easier to use than the tiny pocket ones).
  3. BanksPower

    BanksPower LawnSite Member
    Messages: 57

    Thank you for the response.
    From what I gather the hydraulics portion of the test is most challenging.
  4. Repairs

    Repairs LawnSite Member
    Messages: 113

    When I took it ten years ago the hydraulics was a bear. I remember I had pressure loss calculation buzzing through my head for a week after the test. Have fun, and oh by the way DO NOT EVER LET YOUR LICENSE EXPIRE, that is unless you are getting out of the business. I did get a 97 on the hydraulics portion though. :drinkup:
  5. jerryrwm

    jerryrwm LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,274

    Gotta agree with the fella from Georgetown. I'm up in Wisconsin where they have never heard of a license for irrigators (shows in some of the things I've seen) but I am fixin' to send off for the correspondence courses to get the CEUs. I've had this license since 1983 and I'm sure not going to let it lapse. So take those CEUs and send that fee in.

    Hell might even see if there is a way the current boss will send me on the CEU cruise the Gulf Coast Irrigation Assn sponsors.
  6. BanksPower

    BanksPower LawnSite Member
    Messages: 57

    Class starts Monday morning. Thanks for all of great feedback.

    I will keep you posted on all of the fun!
  7. Repairs

    Repairs LawnSite Member
    Messages: 113

    Whose course are you taking?
  8. BanksPower

    BanksPower LawnSite Member
    Messages: 57

    The course is a Basic Irrigation Class required by the State of Texas in order to sit for the exam. I am taking the course Jan. 15 - 19 (8 a.m.- 5 p.m.) in New Braunfels,Tx. given by Multi Services Unlimited (Jim Pentecost) out of San Marcos,Tx. www.multiservices.4t.com
    I found them on the TCEQ webpage. I will be taking the test on Feb.28 in Houston.

    Hope that helps...
  9. sleeton

    sleeton LawnSite Member
    Messages: 14

    i took the course from the same individual about 6 years ago and he prepared me for the test just fine, he also allowed me to come back for a free refresher since it was 2-3 months before i could get signed up for a test due to demand
  10. Repairs

    Repairs LawnSite Member
    Messages: 113

    I do remember taking the refresher when I originally got my license. I think it was the day before the test. Highly recommend spending the extra money to do that.

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