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Top Takeaways: Irrigation Networking Meeting

Posted By MNLA, Wednesday, February 27, 2013
Updated: Tuesday, April 22, 2014
2/27/2013 - 10am at Caribou Coffee, 4130 Berkshire Lane, Plymouth. Topic: Licensure/future topics
  1. Licensure: setting standards for irrigation, combining certifi cations, i.e., LSP, PLT.
  2. MNLA education has been good – but more is needed on commercial style irrigation.
  3. Distribute information as to the progress and facts of licensure.

Tags:  irrigation  top takeaways 

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MN Accreditation To Test & Inspect Backflow Prevention

Posted By MNLA, Wednesday, January 16, 2013
Updated: Friday, April 25, 2014
Prior to 2013, anyone who took an appropriate 40-hour course and passed the associated written and practical exams could be accredited to test and inspect backflow prevention assemblies (currently in Minnesota, only RPZ assemblies are required to be periodically tested and inspected).  Minnesota licensed plumbers who underwent the same training and passed the exam could be accredited to test/inspect/install/repair/rebuild. This situation enabled RPZ accredited irrigation practitioners to do annual testing and inspection of landscape RPZ assemblies assigned to irrigation systems without the need to subcontract the services of a plumber, unless the tested backflow prevention assembly(ies) required repair or rebuilding.
The Minnesota Plumbing Board recently adopted rules that require new applicants for Minnesota Backflow Prevention Tester certification to first obtain an American Society of Sanitary Engineering (ASSE) Standard 5110 Backflow Prevention Assembly Tester certification. After obtaining the ASSE 5110 certification, applicants then apply for Minnesota certification, using the registration form at the bottom of the page at this link ( 
The ASSE 5110 certification requires ASSE-approved 40-hour training with practical and written exams; it also requires the applicant to “demonstrate five years of experience in a plumbing, pipefitting or related industry field”. MNLA was assured by the Plumbing Board that the irrigation industry should constitute a “related industry field” for backflow testers. The ASSE 5110 certification is for a three-year period, and recertification thereafter requires a three-hour review course with practical and written exam. See for details.
According to the new Minnesota rules, individuals who hold a current backflow prevention tester certification from the Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry (MN DLI) dated prior to January 1, 2013 will be exempt from the need for ASSE 5110 certification to get their Minnesota certificate until renewals after January 1, 2015. You can check the MN DLI database ( to ensure that you are currently certified. At the licensing webpage above, for “License Class”, choose “Personal”; for “Select a Discipline”, choose “Plumbing”; and for “Select a Classification”, choose “Backflow Prevention Tester”. For “number of items in a page”, choose “100”, then hit “Search” and scroll through the alphabetical list to find your name, get your certification number and find your expiration date.   
Minnesota backflow prevention tester recertification after January 1, 2015 can be accomplished by first  passing the 40-hour ASSE-approved training and exam to gain ASSE 5110 certification. Alternatively, currently-certified backflow testers can also apply to ASSE for “Certification Without Examination” by presenting their training, testing and certification credentials to ASSE in accordance with the guidelines shown in the above link under section XV, Certification Without Examination. Once an individual is ASSE 5110-certified, and as long as they continue to recertify for ASSE 5110 with an ASSE-approved training facility, they should remain eligible for Minnesota recertification. 
Unfortunately, the only nearby school currently approved for ASSE backflow training, certification and recertification is in Eau Claire (Local #434 - UA Local 434 Training Center, 2406 Ridge Rd, Eau Claire, WI 54701, Gary Korn, 608-797-2655 (phone), 715-832-9507 (fax)). That is sure to change as Minnesota’s Plumbing Board implements these new rules. To date (1-16-13), there are only three 5110 certified individuals in the state of Minnesota, including the chair of the Plumbing Board. A quick check of MN DLI’s license database showed that some currently-certified MNLA members will need to recertifiy as early as summer 2013.  

Tags:  irrigation  water 

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Utility Locate Troublesheet

Posted By MNLA, Wednesday, August 15, 2012
Updated: Friday, April 25, 2014
Remember, if  you damage a utility line, it is your responsibility to notify the utility owner directly. This form is for MNLA information-gathering purposes only.

This form should be given to all of your foreman. Fill out the same day a problem occurs and fax/email back to MNLA.

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Tags:  irrigation  landscape contractor  landscape management  utility locate 

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Lake Service Providers Training & Permits Information

Posted By MNLA, Thursday, March 22, 2012
Updated: Friday, April 25, 2014
If you install and remove equipment (for pay) upon Waters of the State, you now are required by law to attend in-person Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS) training and obtain the permit prior to working in waters of the state. Irrigation contractors who install/remove lake pump equipment and pond aeration equipment are included in this measure –along with those who install/remove docks, boats, etc.  A company must be registered and display a sticker on vehicles and individuals must carry a permit at all times.

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) will implement the new training and permitting requirements.

Key Notes for Service Providers
  • Service Providers must apply for and obtain a permit from the MN DNR before providing services.
  • Service Providers must have a valid permit in possession while providing services.
  • Steps to obtain the Service Providers permit:
    • Complete AIS training provided by the MN DNR and pass an examination to qualify (Note: The in-person courses are intended for owners of Lake Service Provider businesses. Employees do not need to attend the in-person trainings.)
    • Apply for a permit and submit a $50 application and testing fee
  • Service Provider permits will be valid for three calendar years.
  • Persons working for permittee must satisfactorily complete AIS related training on-line (now available).

Training Dates

The last, currently scheduled local training will be held March 29, 2012 at the Northwest Sportsmans Show, Mpls. Convention Center.  Here is a link to other training opportunities.

Website for additional information:

Tags:  lake service provider  water 

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Landscape Irrigation Municipal Licensing and Permit Guidelines for the Twin Cities Metro Area

Posted By MNLA, Tuesday, April 12, 2011
Updated: Friday, April 25, 2014
Click below to view a table (.pdf) of the Landscape Irrigation Municipal Licensing and Permit Guidelines for the Twin Cities Metro area as updated in spring of 2011.

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Tags:  irrigation  water 

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