Technical Service Provider Training
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AgLearn-Agriculture Learning Service
NRCS offers many on-line courses required for TSP certification through the Agriculture Learning Service (AgLearn). To access the AgLearn Training Site.
A listing of required AgLearn Training Courses for TSPs.
TechReg now hosts the link for new TSPs to register for an AgLearn account. An AgLearn Registration for Technical Service Providers User Guide is available to assist individuals through the registration process. The user ID and password TSPs use to login to TechReg will also be the credentials used to access the AgLearn registration site. TSPs only need to register for an AgLearn account once. Registration for an AgLearn account requires a TSP to name a Point of Contact (POC) which should be the State Training Officer for the TSP's resident state. The link below provides a list of NRCS State Training Officers, search for NRCS in the list, then find your resident state contact(s). If your state lists more than one contact person, please only list one individual as your POC in your AgLearn registration application, then send a follow up email to all of the contacts listed for your state and copy your resident State TSP Coordinator in the email, so all individuals know you have applied and are waiting for authorization.
NEW!! New TSPs must complete the current USDA Information Security Awareness training course and exam prior to AgLearn Account activation. This course can be requested from your resident State TSP Coordinator or State Training Officer.
TSPs who already have an AgLearn account do not need to re-register for a new account. TSPs with deactivated AgLearn Accounts who wish to have them reactivated should contact the AgLearn Help Desk at: AgLearnHelp@genphysics.com or by telephone (866) 633-9394.
AgLearn State Training Officers-List
NRCS Certified Conservation Planner-State Specific Training Modules
This site contains the State Specific Training Modules required by NRCS policy (General Manual 180, Part 409.9 D) for Technical Service Providers (TSP) to become a Certified Conservation Planner for any particular state. TSPs can visit the Certified Conservation Planner-State Specific Training Module webpage to view each state's training module.
East National Technology Support Center
The East National Technology Support Center(ENTSC) offers multidisciplinary training webinars the last Wednesday of the month from 2:00 - 3:00 PM Eastern. They also feature webinars on special topics and initiatives, such as organic and sustainable agriculture, grazing lands management, feed management, adaptive nutrient management, and wildlife. Replays of previously held webinars can be downloaded to view them when convenient. Visit the ENTSC site for a specific listing of upcoming webinars.
Point of Contact: Holli Kuykendall at firstname.lastname@example.org
NRCS’s Science & Technology Training Library
ConservationWebinars.net serves as a launching point for current and archived Forestry, Fish & Wildlife, Organic Agriculture, Pasture Management, Soil Health/Soil Quality, Water Quality, Watersheds, and many other conservation and natural resource webinars. Many of the webinars featured on the site provide participants with continuing education credit, free of charge, from professional accrediting organizations such as SAF, ISA, CCA, and others. Additionally, a “Conservation Planner” category of credits is offered for NRCS webinars enabling participants to document their participation with a system-generated training certificate.
Be sure to check out our Science & Technology Training Library for your webinar needs.
Upcoming TSP Training
Training for Technical Service Providers. Please use the provided contact information below for registration and more information.
If you wish to have a TSP Training posted to the website, please complete the Training Request Form and send it to Stacy.Koch@wdc.usda.gov
Oregon Tilth's Technical Service Provider & Biodiversity Training
Dates: January 19th & 20th, 2016
Location: Monterey, CA- Asilomar Conference Center
Registration Site: EcoFarm Conference: https://eco-farm.org/civicrm/event/register?reset=1&id=14
Training Sponsor(s): Oregon Tilth
Attend this training 8:00am - 5:00pm on Tuesday and Wednesday to learn about and complete many of the requirements to become an NRCS Technical Service Provider (TSP). The USDA Natural Resource Conservation Service's (NRCS) recent revision to the Conservation Activity Plan Supporting Transition to Organic (CAP 138) more closely align it with an Organic System Plan. The CAP 138 provides a unique opportunity for inspectors and consultants to work with transitioning-to-organic producers through the EQIP Organic Initiative. To do this you need to get certified by NRCS to be a TSP. Current capacity at NRCS is limited to provide the necessary training to get these parties trained and certified. Oregon Tilth is working with NRCS to provide this training.
This two day training will provide participants with the training and tools they need to apply for TSP certification with NRCS. Preceding the in-person course, there will be a short webinar to introduce the course, requirements, and provide guidance on how to gain access to the NRCS online system. The in-person course will include sessions on:
- biodiversity and natural resource management
- conservation planning
- the NRCS Field Office Technical Guide
- Introduction and training on conservation planning tools
Participants will leave the course with a completed CAP 138 to submit with their application for TSP certification.
Oregon Tilth has been working with NRCS since September 2010 through a contribution agreement aimed at providing technical assistance and outreach support to the agency related to organic agriculture.
Point of Contact: If you have any questions about this training please contact Sarah Brown, Education Director, Oregon Tilth
Comprehensive Nutrient Management Plans and the Planning Process
Date: January 26, 2016 at 2:00 PM Eastern/11:00 AM Pacific
Location: Webinar; S&T Library at ConservationWebinars.net
Registration site: ConservationWebinars.net
Training Sponsors: USDA NRCS East National Technology Support Center
Participants will have an understanding of the elements included in a Comprehensive Nutrient Management Plan (CNMP) and the process to follow when developing a CNMP as outlined in the USDA NRCS National Planning Procedures Handbook (NHHP).
A CNMP is to be developed when NRCS provides technical or financial assistance for an animal feeding operation (AFO) to address manure or wastewater handling and storage, treatment, and nutrient management that involves the application of manure and wastewater associated with the AFO. With approximately 250,000 AFOs across the country, this represents a tremendous potential workload. Developing quality CNMPs is essential to effectively address resource concerns associated with the AFOs. This presentation will look at each of the major sections of a CNMP and outline the necessary elements for developing a quality CNMP.
Point of Contact: Holli Kuykendall
The Great Lakes Regional Conservation Professional Development and Training Program
The Great Lakes Regional Conservation Professional Development and Training Program offers training programs for TSPs in many aspects of on-farm conservation including: Conservation Planning, Comprehensive Nutrient Management Planning, RUSLE2, AgroForestry, Integrated Pest Management, TSP Orientation and more! Web-based training may be available for some courses. Take a look at their catalog at: