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The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is currently reviewing details of its program to recognize irrigation certification programs. Under the agency's Water Efficiency Program, certification will be the first service that will be eligible for recognition.

The Water Efficiency Program was established to help consumers identify water efficient products and services. The program will recognize certifications for irrigation auditors, irrigation installation and maintenance professionals and irrigation designers. Recognition by the EPA will help raise the profile of approved certification programs among consumers.

Irrigation Association Executive Director Tom Kimmell and a number of IA members recently attended a session to comment on the draft guidelines and provided written feedback. Finalized details of the program are expected this summer.

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Like it or not, society has given credence to the importance of defining who you are by how you look and what you do for a living. As a result, many people's identities and sense of self-worth are often defined by their jobs.

Given that link between image and work, the apparel people wear on-the-job has taken on widespread significance with workers everywhere, according to Paul Fussell, a cultural historian and emeritus professor at the University of Pennsylvania who authored “Uniforms: Why We Are What We Wear.”

In his book, Fussell says work uniforms are popular because they provide evidence that their wearers have jobs that are likely permanent in nature and, therefore, are deserving of respect. Fussell's research also revealed that welcomed sense of self-esteem was not limited to any particular occupations, but was universal in nature.


The Golf Course Builders Association of America (GCBAA) continues to promote and encourage participation in its Professional Certification Member Program in the on-going effort to maintain and increase the overall quality of the golf construction industry.

“The program has set a professional standard for golf course builders that brings with it added credibility and ethical standards for members who have gained certification. It not only gives our members the opportunity to achieve special status, it allows golf course owners, architects, developers and superintendents a method to select companies that have met strict standards,” GCBAA Executive Director Paul Foley says.

GCBAA Certified Members must meet the following requirements:

  • Be verified as a golf course construction business for a minimum of five years having constructed at least one 18-hole course (or equivalent) each of those five years.

  • Provide references from five of the following seven categories: course owner/developer, irrigation designer, golf course superintendent, golf course architect, municipality, GCBAA Certified Golf Course Builder.

  • Provide references from financial institution, credit agency, insurance company and bonding company.

  • An officer of the company must pass a written Certification Exam.

  • Attend a least one GCBAA meeting per year.

  • Consistently engage in ethical business practices.

To apply for certification, GCBAA members must submit an application and secure the necessary letters of reference and supporting documentation. Once the application is accepted, a company representative will be given the two-hour certification exam.

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