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2019 Professional Contractor Education Opportunities 

Companies may purchase a pass allowing unlimited employees to take unlimited classes for $399. 

Irrigation Courses

Irrigation 1: Residential Irrigation Design, Installation & Service

For contractors with no irrigation experience or some experience, who are looking to develop a more coherent understanding of how a system works and how to troubleshoot it. In this class students will learn to identify the basic irrigation components, understand the basic layout of a residential system, learn best installation practices and recognize and resolve common irrigation problems. Course taught by John Modglin, Automatic Supply. $99 / $49 for additional employees. Designed to qualify for eight CEU credits for IA Certifications.

FISHERS: Tuesday, February 5, 8:30am – 4:30pm, lunch provided

Irrigation 2: Advanced Residential and Commercial Irrigation Design, Installation & Service

For experienced contractors interested in learning about more complex irrigation systems. In this class students will learn about more advanced irrigation components capable of handling larger water loads and more complicated control programs, understand the principles behind design decisions for these components, identify best practices for installation and learn advanced troubleshooting techniques for servicing these systems. Course taught by John Modglin, Automatic Supply, and Irrigation Designer April Westcott, Irrigation Design Source. $99 / $49 for additional employees. Designed to qualify for eight CEUs for IA Certifications.

FISHERS: Wednesday, February 6, 8:30am – 4:30pm, lunch Provided

Irrigation Service

For contractors with some irrigation experience: this class is a condensation of the service components of Irrigation 1 and 2. In this class, students will learn the principles that govern an efficient approach to irrigation service, including troubleshooting techniques for pumps, valves, controllers and heads, how to use wire tracking and electrical testing equipment, and how to efficiently repair different types of typical system problems. $49 / $25 for additional employees. Designed to qualify for four CEUs for IA Certifications.

FORT WAYNE: Tuesday, February 19, 12:30pm – 4:30pm 


To understand pumps is to understand the hydraulic principles that govern the entire irrigation system, so while this class is designed for the more experienced contractor looking to deepen his understanding of pumps, it is also a good course for beginners to develop their understanding of the interaction between flow rates and pressure, the role of atmospheric pressure and elevation change, and all of the hydraulic variables that affect how well the last sprinkler on the line works. Students will leave this class with a better understand-ing of hydraulic concepts, the ability to specify the proper size and type of pump for a given application, and best practices for installing pumps and troubleshooting techniques. Course taught by John Modglin, Automatic Supply. $49 / $25 for additional employees. Designed to qualify for four CEUs for IA Certifications.

FISHERS: Thursday, February 7, 8:30am – 12:30pm
FORT WAYNE: Wednesday, February 20, 8:30am – 12:30pm

Two Wire Irrigation

For experienced contractors. In this class students will learn the principles of two-wire irrigation, identify its components and understand the costs associated with two-wire installation and service. Additionally, students will leave with an understanding of troubleshooting techniques and the most typical problems that arise with these systems. Course taught by Kurt Clore. $49 / $25 for additional employees. Designed to qualify for four CEUs for IA Certifications.

FISHERS: Thursday, February 7, 1pm-5pm

How to Make Money using Wi-Fi Irrigation Controllers

Irrigation, landscape lighting, and outdoor speaker systems are among the many outdoor living items that are now internet connected through Wi-Fi. This class is designed to help build your understanding of Wi-Fi Irrigation Controllers and how best to use them to make your business more efficient and more profitable. The course will also touch briefly on checking Wi-Fi strength, rectifying weak signals, and other opportunities of Wi-Fi. Course taught by Eric Simmons, Hunter Industries, and Kurt Clore, Automatic Supply. $49 / $25 for additional employees. Designed to qualify for four CEUs for IA Certifications.

NEWBURGH: Wednesday, February 27, 8:30am - 11:30am
FISHERS: Tuesday, February 26, 8:30am - 11:30am
FORT WAYNE: Monday, February 25, 8:30am - 11:30am

Irrigation for Landscapers

For contractors with no irrigation experience. In this class students will learn about the basic components of an irrigation system that they are most likely to encounter while doing landscaping work. Special attention will be paid to demystifying controllers, sorting out the difference between various kinds of sprinkler heads, and understanding how irrigation interacts with plant life. $49 / $25 for additional employees. Designed to qualify for three hours of continuing education for PLAs and IA Certifications.

FISHERS: Thursday, February 14, 1:30pm – 4:30pm

Outdoor Living & Landscaping Courses

Landscape Lighting 1

For landscape contractors interested into expanding their business to include landscape lighting. Students will learn fundamental design principles for landscape lighting projects, including various lighting techniques and how to achieve them. This class will also break down the components of a project, with special emphasis on the use of LED technology as it becomes the mainstream method of lighting. Come prepared to use both the left and right sides of your brain, to learn both the aesthetics of lighting as well as the engineering behind planning a system. Course taught by Rick Hughes, Automatic Supply. $49 / $25 for additional employees. Designed to qualify for four hours of continuing education for PLAs.

NEWBURGH: Tuesday, March 5th, 8:30am - 12:30pm, lunch provided
FISHERS: Wednesday, March 6th, 8:30am – 12:30pm, lunch provided
FORT WAYNE: Thursday, March 7th, 8:30am – 12:30pm, lunch provided

Money-Packed Trio - Water Features, Outdoor Speakers & Mosquito Control: Outdoor Living

Designed for landscape contractors looking to diversify product lines and add additional revenue to their next jobs. This class will look at three easy outdoor living additions: water features, outdoor speakers, and mosquito control. The water features portion will focus on hardscape water features, including formal spillways and spouts. Next, we will talk about what options of outdoor speakers you have and how you don’t have to be an audio expert to add these on to your jobs. Finally, we will discuss about the option to add mosquito control to any outdoor living area without having to spray. Course taught by Trent Caldwell, Atlantic Water Gardens, Steve Brookes, Dana Innovations, and Rick Hughes, Automatic Supply. FREE

NEWBURGH: Tuesday, February 12, 8:30am - 12:30pm
FISHERS: Wednesday, February 13, 8:30am - 12:30pm
FORT WAYNE: Thursday, February 14, 8:30am - 12:30pm 

How & Where to Sell Artificial Turf in the Midwest 

Designed for contractors who have come across situations where artificial turf makes sense: around pools, areas hard to irrigate, dog runs, etc. The course will go over material lists, how to install, how to seam and address any additional questions that have. Course taught by Nick Jensen, EasyTurf. FREE

FISHERS: Wednesday, March 13, 9:00am - 10:30am
FORT WAYNE: Tuesday, March 12, 9:00am - 10:30am
NEWBURGH: Thursday, March 14, 9:00am - 10:30am


This course is designed for any contractor looking to become a certified drainage contractor. It will go in depth on the different aspects of a drainage job, how to install, and any pitfalls you may run across. Contractors will come away with a greater understanding about how to identify potential drainage problems, how to add drainage easily onto any job they're doing, how to best quote and sell a job, and the best practices on installing drainage jobs. Upon completion of the course, contractors will receive a certificate noting that they completed the course and are officially a Certified Drainage Contractor. This course Course taught by a Certified Drainage Expert, NDS Stormwater Management. FREE.

FISHERS: Tuesday, March 5, 10:30am - 1:00pm

Business Courses

How to Use Marketing to Grow Your Business on a Budget

For contractors interested in learning how to better market their company. During this course, you will learn how to effectively use social media to advertise and the role of video & pictures in your marketing campaigns. The course will dive into the importance of Yelp and other rating services, how to leverage your existing customers to build your base, and how to find larger jobs with commercial customers. Also covered will be to to work with manufacturers to get help on installation training and marketing, how to find the right people to help with your marketing campaigns on a budget, how to overhaul you website quickly, effectively and on a budget, and will leave you with a quick reference guide you can take with featuring all resources mentioned in the presentation. Course taught by Sharon Vessels, VP of Marketing & E-Commerce, NDS. FREE

FISHERS: Tuesday, March 5, 8:30am - 10:00am 

How to Start Your New Year Organized

Do you find yourself wondering how to keep your trucks organized? The best way to stay organized is to start organized. This course is designed for contractors interested in starting their year with organized trucks and shops. It will discuss how to inventory all your parts, what handy tools are nice to have in all your service trucks, and how to stay organized throughout the year. Relevant to any irrigation, landscape, or landscape lighting contractor. Course taught by John Modglin, Rick Hughes, Automatic Supply. FREE.

FISHERS: Wednesday, March 6th, 1:30pm - 3:00pm


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