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Technical Service Providers (TSP)

Iowa's Technical Service Provider (TSP) process is intended to help professionals provide technical assistance to landowners and farmers under one of the Farm Bill conservation programs.

Conservation Planning, Part II for TSPs

Date: March 31-April 4
Location: Boulders Conference Center, Denison, Iowa, 51442
Phone: 712-263-2200

Registration Contact:
Joe Lally (Heartland Regional Water Coordination Initiative)
Phone: 515-294-1496
Email: lally@iastate.edu

This NRCS course prepares the participant to independently apply the NRCS planning process; and to utilize supporting technology to assist clients in making decisions that protect, conserve, and enhance the resources, and meet client needs. This is a required course for those who wish to certify as a TSP the Certified Conservation Planner category and Option 2 of the CAP CNMP certification. Iowa holds this course every other year and class size is limited to the first 25 participants who complete the registration process.

Flyer (PDF)

Why Become a Certified TSP?

The demand for technical assistance to do conservation work, including conservation planning and design, installation and checkout of approved conservation practices, is increasing and will exceed the current staffing capacity of the NRCS. Iowa's Technical Service Provider (TSP) process is intended to provide assistance to agricultural professionals who wish to provide technical assistance to landowners and farmers. Additional information on TSP registration and certification is found on this page as well as on the USDA/NRCS TechReg website.

How to Become a TSP

Use the tools provided below to complete the TSP registration and certification process, as well as to identify and complete the required NRCS online training. Instructions for establishing an e-government account are available on this page. Once you establish your e-government account, you must visit your local USDA Service Center where your identity will be validated using a picture ID. (See a map and find NRCS offices in Iowa.). Once your account has been activated, you will be able to log-in to TechReg using the user ID and password you created. 

Certification is dependent on meeting specific educational, experience and training criteria. NRCS has online training available at AgLearn to assist you in meeting TSP category requirements. Instructions for AgLearn registration are available on this page. National certification requirements for some TSP categories may include completion of state-specific classroom training.  

TSP certification information, checklists and fact sheets are available below. You may begin the registration process through the TechReg website at http://techreg.usda.gov.

Producer Reimbursement for Using TSP Services

A program participant is always given the option of utilizing the services of a TSP, however, reimbursement for part, or all, of the cost of hiring a TSP is dependent upon available funding. In addition, the program participant must hire a service provider who has completed the USDA/NRCS TSP certification process, is certified in the correct category, and has completed the certification process prior to the commencement of work activities.

The Animal Manure Management Monthly newsletter (PDF) contains news updates issues impacting TSPs working with nutrient management planning, writing CNMPs and DNR planning.

TSP Contacts in Iowa

TSP & AgLearn Coordinator eAuthentication Coordinator
Judy Martinson
210 Walnut Street
Room 693
Des Moines, IA 50309
Phone: 515-323-2229
Fax: 515-284-4767
judy.martinson@ia.usda.gov
Jaia Fischer
210 Walnut Street
Room 693
Des Moines, IA 50309
Phone: 515-284-4353
Fax: 515-284-4394
jaia.fischer@ia.usda.gov

TSP Resources

Several courses required for TSP certification have been removed from the AgLearn website so that they can be updated. The following link will provide directions for accessing those courses. Be sure to follow the directions and print out a certificate of completion.  (PDF, 22 KB)