How to Become a Waterwise Design Shop

The Waterwise Irrigation Design Shop program was developed in Western Australia by the Water Corporation and Irrigation Australia Ltd to improve water-use efficiency in garden watering systems by raising the standard of design and advice offered by specialist irrigation retailers through education and compliance to the programs’ standards.

Systems installed under this program are required to be installed to defined specifications. Although some of the specifications might relate to installation rather than design, we deem it relevant and important that the designer should be aware of best practice installation techniques and to be competent to offer appropriate installation advice to their DIY customers.

Every full-time retail staff member in such a store must undergo training (this includes a study phase and online exams). For a store to become endorsed each staff member must undertake the entry process and achieve 100% in the final examination before that particular store can be endorsed as a Waterwise Irrigation Design Shop. It is also a condition of membership of the Program that any NEW full-time employee employed by an endorsed Waterwise Irrigation Design Shop must similarly be trained and complete the entry criteria within a 90 day period of his/her first date of employment within that store.

Part-time, casual, and back-office employees are also encouraged to join the Program by undergoing the same endorsement criteria, but this is not a condition for endorsement of that store.

The training covers the most important principles governing sprinkler and drip irrigation design and operation in a domestic situation, but does not intend to cover irrigation design principles for larger scale commercial design and installation.


Complete your application & pay the fee


Commence studying within 8 weeks of approval


Undertake the online assessment

Each full time employee (including any new employee who joins the store) must achieve a 100% Pass mark for the store to become and maintain endorsement as a Waterwise Irrigation Design Shop.


Continue Professional Development

Staff must demonstrate their  knowledge by undertaking at least one professional development task annually to maintain their endorsement. 

Benefits of Becoming Waterwise

Trusted by the public to have the skills and knowledge to install and operate home irrigation systems that is water efficient, durable, free from leaks, and utlises the latest and most advanced irrigation technology.


Directory Listing

Your business will be listed on Waterwise Online Directory. This directory is heavily promoted and the members of the community are encouraged to use when they are considering the services of Irrigation Professionals.

Digital Marketing

Your business will be featured on Waterwise various digital platforms including social media, website and eNewsletter.

Branding & Merchandise

Your business will receive branding and merchandise kits including logos, stickers, email signature, and more to promote your business as an endorsed Waterwise.


Receive copies of the quarterly Overflow magazine and the Waterwise eNewsletter.

Events & Exhibitions

Attend Waterwise related events and exhibitions. Receive discounts on exhibiting at Waterwise Expos

Training Opportunities

If you opt-in to become a member of Irrigation Australia, you will receive member discounts on all Irrigation Australia training courses across Australia including the Cert III in Irrigation