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.

View the TSP course lists and AgLearn Registration Instructions.

A listing of required AgLearn Training Courses for TSPs.


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

Conservation Planning, Part II (Iowa)

Dates:   March 31st - April 4th , 2014

Location:  Denison, Iowa

Registration Site:

Training Sponsor(s):  Iowa USDA/Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), Heartland Regional Water Quality Coordination Initiative and the Technical Service Provider Network (TSPN).  Additional course development and trainer assistance provided by Nebraska USDA/NRCS.

Training Description:

Iowa NRCS holds this course only once every two years to allow TSPs around the country the opportunity to attend this hard-to-find NRCS course.  The purpose of the NRCS Conservation Planning Course is to prepare participants to independently apply the NRCS planning process; and to utilize supporting technology in order to assist clients in making decisions resulting in conservation plans that protect, conserve, and enhance the resources, and meet the client's needs.  This is a required course for TSPs certifying in CAP CNMP (102).

 This year’s course includes special emphasis on the NRCS planning process and the process of writing the conservation plan. Field exercises provide hands-on reinforcement of the planning activities taught each day, and planners will meet with their “producers” several times during the week.  Planners and “producers will discuss the impact of the resource assessment on the planning process,  the planner will develop alternatives and present them to the producer, and the producer will choose the alternative that best suits his/her farming operation.  At the end of the week, planners will present a demonstration of their planning process to a panel of experts for evaluation.

Special guests include Laura Pepple, Livestock Extension Specialist from the University of Illinois and Matt Swantek, PhD, Swine Nutritionist at Iowa State University.   Sandy Johnson and Bill Strawn, SCORE representatives, will provide an after dinner workshop on “Effectively Developing Your Small Business.” 

Training Agenda

Training Brochure

Points of Contact:

Judy Martinson, 515-323-2229,

Registration and Payment Questions: Joe Lally, 515-323-2229, (Heartland Regional Water Coordination Initiative)

CRP Readiness Initiative: Become a CRP Technical Service Provider


Course Titles:

CRP Plan-Start to Finish

Mid-Contract Management: Creating and Maintaining Exceptional Habitat

Completing the Environmental Evaluation for NEPA Compliance: CPA-52

Developing Wildlife Habitat

Online Core Training

Conservation Planning Web Tools

Understanding the Revised Universal Soil Loss Equation (RUSLE2)

Understanding the Wind Erosion Prediction System (WEPS)

Forestry Courses-Available in September 2013 in all states, more information to come

Dates and Locations:  Courses are in-person and/or online

Registration Site:  Each course has its own registration site, click on the course title for more information
Training Sponsor(s):  Conservation Professional Training Program, Faces of CRP

Training Description:

Our in-person, online and hybrid supplemental courses build on the basics of our  Core Training and provide additional learning opportunities for CRP and conservation planning in general. Courses are based on the unique planning needs and ecosystems within each region and are open to all conservation professionals. 

For your convenience, many states are hosting in-person trainings on consecutive days, so feel free to sign up for more than one course.

Please visit our website for an overview of the entire initiative including training information, benefits and CEUs. We look forward to helping you take the next step in your professional development.

Points of Contact:

Libby Dorn, Project Manager,

Rebecca Power, Project Co-Director,

Kevin Erb, Project Co-Director,


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: