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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: or by telephone (866) 633-9394.

AgLearn State Training Officers-List


National Employee Development Center (NEDC)

The National Employee Development Center (NEDC) is the focal point for training for the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS). The Center maintains a staff of instructional systems specialists, an audio-visual specialist, a public affairs specialist, and training technicians.

In addition to the NEDC staff, there are a number of NRCS employees from all disciplines who serve as members of the NRCS Instructor Cadre. This auxiliary cadre of instructors is vital to the success of training in NRCS.

The training offered to Employees, Partners, and Technical Service Providers is a blend of classroom style and web-based training opportunities. Priority enrollment is allocated to NRCS personnel and as space is available.

To see the list of courses being offered for 2017, view the 2017 NEDC training catalog at:   New courses are added throughout the year, so check back to see if the course you are looking for has been added.

Attendees must have an active AgLearn account to register.   To register for the training through AgLearn, you must:

  1. Log into AgLearn.
  2. Go to the search catalog and search for the course by title or course number.
  3. In the course description look for the View Course Dates, find the location and course date you want to attend.
  4. Contact your local or state training officer to enroll in the class. The link to training officers is

Your name will be placed on the course wait list and as space is available, you will be offered the opportunity to participate, provided course logistics and next steps for completing your course registration.  Please note, notification for course availability may come on short notice, so please respond to the notification at your earliest convenience.  If you are unable to attend the training, we would like for you to notify us at your earliest convenience, so we can offer the course to another participant.  If we do not hear back from you within 3 days, we will continue down the list of interested participants. 

There is not a registration fee to register for the course, but all travel, hotel and meal expenses are covered by the TSP.


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


NRCS’s Science & Technology Training Library 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

Liner Design for Ag Waste Containment (TX)

Dates:  August 23-26, 2016

Location:  Hyatt Place Fort Worth/Cityview, Fort Worth, TX

Registration Site:  Attendees must have an active AgLearn account to register.   To register for the training through AgLearn, you must:

  1. Log into AgLearn.
  2. Go to the search catalog and search for the course by title Liner Design for Ag Waste Containment or course number (NRCS-NEDC-000093)
  3. In the course description look for the View Course Dates, find the Ft. Worth, August 23-26 course dates and click on the Register Now link.
  4. Follow up your AgLearn registration by notifying Troy Krenzel, NEDC Training Specialist, of your pending registration by contacting him by email at or telephone at 817-659-3358.

Cost: No cost for tuition, but travel expenses are covered by the participant. 

Training Sponsor(s):  NRCS and National Employee Development Center

Training Description: 

NRCS is offering a Liner Design for Ag Waste Containment course through the National Employee Development Center (NEDC).  The course is an instructor led/classroom training.

This course is for Geologists, design engineers, field engineers and civil engineering technicians who have or will be assigned design and installation responsibilities for animal waste containment systems.


This course instructs participants in planning, design and installation of animal waste containment systems. It discusses compacted clay liners; chemical dispensers and bentonite; soil liners treatment with soil additives; flexible geo-synthetic liners and geo membranes.  It covers quality control and quality assurance tests in selection, design, installing, and filed testing of liner and geo-synthetic liner systems. Participants have hands-on experience with geo-membrane materials such as HDPE, LLDPE, PVC, and GCLs.  The class conducts exercises in construction procedures for major geo-synthetic types, and explores the advantages and disadvantages of using given material for selected sites.

The core reference material for the course is: Appendix 10D and 10E, Chapter 10 Agriculture Waste Management Field Handbook. Publications from various manufactures provide supplementary reference materials.


Upon completion of this training, participants will be able to:

  • Evaluate the characteristics of a specific site and select the appropriate liner system for animal waste containment;
  • Compute seepage quantities from designed animal waste containment structures;
  • Evaluate soil types and their suitability for a clay or treated liner system;
  • Critically evaluate compaction test results of soils;
  • Evaluate the various geomembrane materials available and select one appropriate to the site requirements;
  • Design an appropriate liner system including the appropriate conservation practice standards and material specifications for each major liner type; and
  • Explain the appropriate quality control and quality assurance procedures needed for each type of liner to achieve a successful animal waste containment system.

Full course announcement:/wps/PA_NRCSConsumption/download?cid=nrcseprd1253618&ext=docx

Point of Contact: Troy Krenzel, NEDC Training Specialist

Telephone:  817-659-3358


3-Day Agroforestry Professional Development Training (PA)

Dates:   September 7-9, 2016

Location:  Penn State Fruit Research Center, Biglerville, PA


Cost: Early bird registration for this three-day training is $80 -- registration will be $100 after August 15th

Scholarships are available. Please find the application at

Training Sponsor(s):  A partnership of national and regional agroforesters

Training Description: 

What is agroforestry?

Agroforestry describes a suite of practices that combine trees with annual or perennial crops and/or livestock in ways that provide economic and ecological benefits to farmers and other landowners across the landscape. These benefits may include improvements in topsoil, livestock, crops, and wildlife; increased productivity of agricultural and horticultural crops; reduced need for energy and chemical inputs; improved water and air quality; enhanced biodiversity and landscape diversity; and diversified local economies.

This training will provide a brief review of agroforestry, and opportunities for participants to explore agroforestry applications in depth with regional experts. In order to optimize networking opportunities, registration will be limited to 30 participants.

Participants will:

  • Hear the multiple benefits windbreaks can provide to poultry operators through reducing energy and bedding costs, while reducing nutrient inputs to adjacent water bodies.
  • Learn how to diversify income streams by integrating conservation and agriculture in multifunctional buffers.
  • See how hedgerows can enhance water quality and provide pollination habitat at the same time.
  • Tour an agroforestry site developed in a public-private partnership and learn about the process, benefits and pitfalls from the farmers themselves.
  • Put learning into practice through a guided agroforestry planning exercise.
  • Learn about agroforestry planning tools, incentives and cost-share opportunities
  • See how landowners converted seven forested acres into a productive native plant nursery
  • Learn about market options and supply chains for agroforestry products
  • Hear about nut crops and the restoration of the American Chestnut
  • Learn how to plan for forest succession in a silvopasture
  • Become part of a growing network of agroforestry educators and practitioners
  • SAF and Ag-related CEUs pending

A draft agenda can be found at

Point of Contact: Tracey Coulter, PA DCNR Agroforestry Coordinator

Telephone:  717-783-0381


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:

2016 Summer Training Catalog