The Irrigation – Crops course covers the design, installation, maintenance, operation and evaluation of simple irrigation systems.

In the course the most commonly discussed are the irrigation systems for row crops.

This course provides a practical understanding of the irrigation systems required for home garden and commercial scale crop businesses from vegetables and plants through to crops such as wheat and barley.

The Irrigation – Crops course complements many of our horticultural courses and can be studied on its own or in conjunction with one of these courses.

The course is suitable for beginners who have a personal interest in irrigation or those managing a cropping business and require further skills and training.


Course Outline
Course Code: 
100 hours - Access for 12 months
Online & Correspondence
Statement of achievement
Lesson Structure: 
  1. Introduction
  2. Soil Characteristics And Problems
  3. Estimating Plant And Soil Requirements
  4. Drainage - drainage systems, dams
  5. Types Of Irrigation Systems
  6. Hydraulics - discharge and flow rates
  7. Pumps And Filters
  8. Selecting The Right System For The Plant
  9. Trickle Irrigation
  10. Design And Operation Of Systems
Aims - the learning objectives of the course: 
  • Identify and consult appropriate sources of information for the irrigation industry
  • Explain the significance of soil characteristics to irrigation.
  • Determine when to irrigate in a small scale situation.
  • Explain the drainage aspect of handling water.
  • Explain the operation and selection of irrigation systems.
  • Explain the operation and selection of trickle irrigation systems.
  • Determine specifications for the design of an irrigation system.
  • Explain the pumps and filters needed for handling water adequately for crops.
  • Supervise the installation of an irrigation system.
  • Design and operate an irrigation system for crops.