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Training with IrrigationWise Academy

From 2017, irrigation training previously offered by SABI is now being presented under a new banner – the IrrigationWise Academy. Through this new training entity, a broader range of irrigation training interventions will be introduced over time, to effectively boost optimum irrigation practices and water conservation in South Africa and on the continent, inline with the objectives of SABI, the recognised representative organisation of the irrigation industry in South Africa.

SABI’s aim is promoting the optimal and efficient use of irrigation water in South Africa, and the knowledge and skills vested in its members best equips the IrrigationWise Academy to advance efficient use and management of water.

The courses currently on offer have been developed over more than fifteen years and are aimed both at the agricultural and landscape irrigation industries and irrigation practitioners.

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The IrrigationWise Academy also develops and presents customised training programmes for clients upon request.

  • Growing the skills needed for agricultural and landscape irrigation.
  • A comprehensive range of courses
    • Irrigation sales assistants,
    • Irrigation designers (agricultural and landscape),
    • Irrigation managers,
    • Farm workers,
    • Landscape irrigation contractors.
  • Programmes adhere to the objectives of SABI, the recognised representative organisation of the irrigation industry in South Africa.
  • SABI’s mission is to promote the optimal and efficient use of irrigation water and water conservation in South Africa via knowledge sharing.
  • The knowledge and skills vested in SABI’s members empowers SABI IrrigationWise Academy to train people in the efficient use and management of water.
  • Courses have been developed over more than 20 years.
    The courses are presented in collaboration with the private sector, universities and research organisations.
  • IrrigationWise Academy’s training’s philosophy is based on sound theoretical foundations, but presentations are highly practical.
Course nameTrainingAreaVenueDate
D1: Introduction to Irrigation Equipment & InstallationAgricultural irrigationWestern Cape9 -11 April 2024
D1: Introduction to Irrigation Equipment & InstallationAgricultural irrigationGauteng23 – 25 April 2024
D1: Introduction to Irrigation Equipment & InstallationAgricultural irrigationOnlineAnytime
D2: Introduction to Suveying & MappingAgricultural irrigationWestern Cape7 – 9 May 2024
D2: Introduction to Suveying & MappingAgricultural irrigationGauteng21 – 23 May 2024
D3: Introductory Irrigation Design CourseAgricultural irrigationWestern Cape3 – 7 June 2024
D3: Introductory Irrigation Design CourseAgricultural irrigationWestern Cape24 – 28 June 2024
D3: Introductory Irrigation Design CourseAgricultural irrigationWestern Cape15 – 19 July 2024
D3: Introductory Irrigation Design CourseAgricultural irrigationWestern Cape5 – 8 August 2024
D3: Introductory Irrigation Design CourseAgricultural irrigationGauteng10 – 14 June 2024
D3: Introductory Irrigation Design CourseAgricultural irrigationGauteng1 – 5 July 2024
D3: Introductory Irrigation Design CourseAgricultural irrigationGauteng29 July – 2 August 2024
D3: Introductory Irrigation Design CourseAgricultural irrigationGauteng26 – 29 August 2024
D4: Blockweek for AgriSETA accreditation (NQF level 5)Agricultural irrigationWestern Cape2 – 5 September 2024
D4: Blockweek for AgriSETA accreditation (NQF level 5)Agricultural irrigationGauteng16 – 19 September 2024
D5: Computer Aided Irrigation Design with IrriMakerAgricultural irrigationWestern Cape8 – 10 October 2024
D5: Computer Aided Irrigation Design with IrriMakerAgricultural irrigationGauteng22 – 24 October 2024
D6: Evaluation of Irrigation SystemsAgricultural irrigationWestern Cape3 – 4 September 2024
M1: Basic Principles & Installation of Irrigation Systems (NQF1 & NQF2)Irrigation Management on the FarmWestern Cape5 – 7 November 2024
M1: Basic Principles & Installation of Irrigation Systems (NQF1 & NQF2)Irrigation Management on the FarmGauteng12 – 14 November 2024
M2: Irrigation Scheduling & Management (NQF3 & NQF4)Irrigation Management on the FarmWestern Cape18 – 21 November 2024
M2: Irrigation Scheduling & Management (NQF3 & NQF4)Irrigation Management on the FarmGauteng25 – 28 November 2024
L1: Landscape Irrigation Installation CourseLandscape IrrigationWestern Cape3 – 5 April 2024
L1: Landscape Irrigation Installation CourseLandscape IrrigationGauteng16 – 18 April 2024
L2: Introductory Landscape Irrigation Design CourseLandscape IrrigationWestern Cape10 – 13 June 2024
L2: Introductory Landscape Irrigation Design CourseLandscape IrrigationWestern Cape8 – 11 July 2024
L2: Introductory Landscape Irrigation Design CourseLandscape IrrigationGauteng18 – 21 June 2024
L2: Introductory Landscape Irrigation Design CourseLandscape IrrigationGauteng22 – 25 July 2024
L3: Advanced Landscape Irrigation Design CourseLandscape IrrigationWestern CapeTBC
L3: Advanced Landscape Irrigation Design CourseLandscape IrrigationGautengTBC
L4: Computer Aided Irrigation DesignLandscape IrrigationWestern CapeTBC
L4: Computer Aided Irrigation DesignLandscape IrrigationGautengTBC

SABI IrrigationWise Academy conducts irrigation training at high schools that present agricultural subjects in all provinces of South Africa. Since inception in 2013, the programme has grown to more than 20 schools where more than 2 000 Grade 11 and 12 learners have completed the course.

Most of our courses are presented in Gauteng (Pretoria) and the Western Cape (Belville). Venues in other centres in South Africa may be included if enough learners sign-up for a course. Some courses are available online.

  • Water User Associations and Water Users
  • Department of Water Affairs
  • Sugar cane industry: Umhlatusi Valley Sugar Company, Tongaat Hulett Sugar, Illovo Sugar and TSB Sugar
  • Department of Water Affairs Integrated Water Resources Management Programme
  • Gauteng Department of Health and Social Development & Batataise Youth Development
  • ZZ2 farming group, Mooketsi
  • Xinavane Estate, Mozambique
  • SASOL, Vaal
  • Westfalia, Tzaneen
  • More than 20 high schools nationally

The SABI IrrigationWise Academy presents customised training programmes and facilitates training workshops in-house or on-farm for
a variety of clients, including corporates, large farming enterprises & companies aiming to meaningfully boost staff’s water saving skills.

  • Where appropriate, SABI IrrigationWise Academy has aligned its agricultural courses to the requirements of the AgriSETA (Agricultural Sector Education and Training Authority).
  • The number of credits earned when completing an AgriSETA accredited course can contribute to the total number of credits required for a learner to obtain a recognised qualification. SABI IrrigationWise Academy courses form part of the national certificate or national diploma in plant production as recognised by SAQA.
  • Learners are assured that the SABI Training course content and presentation meets the requirements of the SAQA (South African Qualifications Authority).
  • The landscape courses offered by SABI IrrigationWise Academy are certified by the USA-based Irrigation Association (IA) and adhere to international standards.

For 2023 course information and registrations:
Contact us on 021 850 8220 or E-mail: admin@sabi.co.za or info@sabi.co.za.

Click on course name for More Information: Information Sheet & Registration Forms

Our course facilitator

Uli Peters - Training

Uli Peters

Facilitator

Uli obtained his agricultural engineering degree from the University of Natal in 1984, and has been registered as a professional engineer with the Engineering Council of South Africa (ECSA) since 1992.