About

The Sustainable Irrigation program is a non-credit community-level program. Learners are introduced to the conditions required for sustainable irrigation, including topics related to protection of the environment, regulations, technical design, water management and farm management. The program focuses on developing the foundational knowledge required for sound decision making in irrigated agriculture.

Program Outline

Learners must complete a minimum of four courses to complete the program with the option of completing all six. Two courses, Overview of Irrigation and Irrigation Systems are required prerequisites for any of the remaining courses.

Learners can earn specializations in Water Management by completing two additional courses, Water Conveyance and Water Management and Drainage, or in Irrigation Agronomy by completing Irrigated Cropping Systems and Irrigation Management. A learner may complete all six courses and earn both specializations.

Upon completion of the program, learners receive verification of completion and become eligible for entering a micro-credentialing opportunity (fees apply). The micro-credential is currently under development and targeted for April 2024. Micro-credentials will follow the specializations from the Sustainable Irrigation program.

Courses

All course materials are available online and may be completed asynchronously. Each course is divided into four sections, and each section is intended to take between 2 and 4 hours to complete. The intent is that one section is completed per week, but learners are free to adjust their pace within the course dates to fit individual schedules.

Overview of Irrigation introduces the Canadian prairie context for irrigation. Major physical, economic and regulatory requirements are discussed. 

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Course available Nov. 13 - Dec. 22, 2023
Registration closes: Nov. 24, 2023
Deadline for course completion: Dec. 22, 2023

Irrigation Systems covers the basics of design and operation of various irrigation systems in the Canadian prairies.

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Course available Nov. 13 - Dec. 22, 2023
Registration closes: Nov. 24, 2023
Deadline for course completion: Dec. 22, 2023

Water Conveyance introduces the infrastructure requirements and water management decisions that go into delivering water from source to farm.

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Course available Jan. 8 - Feb. 16, 2024
Registration closes: Jan. 19, 2024
Deadline for course completion: Feb. 16, 2024

Irrigated Cropping Systems sets the foundation for managing crops under irrigation. Agronomics and economics of introducing irrigation are discussed.

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Course available Jan. 8 - Feb. 16, 2024
Registration closes: Jan. 19, 2024
Deadline for course completion: Feb. 16, 2024

Water management and Drainage links sustainable irrigation to drainage practices. Best management practices for drainage and drainage regulations are discussed.

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Course available Feb. 26 - April 5, 2024
Registration closes: March 8, 2024
Deadline for course completion: April 5, 2024

Irrigation Management describes how to maintain optimal soil moisture for crop water demand and site conditions.

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Course available Feb. 26 - April 5, 2024
Registration closes: March 8, 2024
Deadline for course completion: April 5, 2024

Registration

Program costs are on a per-course basis. Registration for each course is $300 + tax. A learner may withdraw from a course up to 5 days after the registration fee has been paid and receive a full refund minus a $25 cancellation fee as long as the course material has not been accessed.

Contact

For more information on the individual courses or to register please see below. If you have questions, contact irrigation@usask.ca.