Rainscaping Iowa is an education / outreach AND training / certification program promoting infiltration based stormwater management practices on a statewide basis. Rainscaping practices are identical to the practices found in the Iowa Stormwater Management Manual. Our goal with the Rainscaping program is twofold:
- Build awareness and understanding for rainscapes through education and outreach. With that we’ve built the RainscapingIowa.Org website, we’ve got tons of publications that explain these practices in non-engineering terms, and we assist you in promoting these practices within your own community!
- Provide quality training and a means to identify qualified professionals working throughout Iowa who are able to design and install rainscapes that function well after construction is complete through a certification process.
Rainscaping Iowa is supported by funding, time, and talent of its partners and stakeholders: Iowa Department of Natural Resources (IDNR), Iowa Department of Agricultural and Land Stewardship (IDALS), Iowa Department of Economic Development (IDED), Iowa Department of Transportation – Living Roadway Trust (IDOT), Iowa Storm Water Education Program (ISWEP) and Polk Soil and Water Conservation District
The Certification Process
- Register and view – the rainscaping practice(s) webinar in which you seek Certified Rainscaper status.
- Schedule a test within 30 days of viewing the webinars.
- Submit membership application information, Code of Ethics and a minimal membership fee to ISWEP.
If you are not looking for full certification, but would like to learn more about Rainscaping practices, simply register the same way but skip the exam and membership fees.
Benefits of Certification
- Professional Recognition: Your contact information is published on the Rainscaping Iowa website. We are working with ISWEP members to utilize Rainscapers as it relates to new project development within our member communities.
- Marketing Resources: You have access to marketing resources, PowerPoint presentations, educational DVDs and more to market services to potential clients.
- Networking Opportunities: You are able to meet and learn from other Certified Rainscapers.