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TechReg - Register, certify and manage TSP credentials

What is a Technical Service Provider or TSP?

Technical Service Providers (TSPs) are individuals or businesses that have technical expertise in conservation planning and design for a variety of conservation activities. TSPs are hired by farmers, ranchers, private businesses, nonprofit organizations, or public agencies to provide these services on behalf of the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS).  Each certified TSP is listed on the NRCS TSP online registry, TechReg.  The TSP registration and approval process involves required training and verification of essential education, knowledge, skills and abilities. 

What kind of work can a TSP do?

TSP's provide conservation technical services to NRCS clients in two broad areas: Conservation Activity Plan (CAP) development and Conservation Practice design, installation and checkout.  There are 14 separate CAPs and several different practice categories, each with individual TSP eligibility requirements. 

Technical Service Providers Factsheet (PDF, 477KB)


TechReg - NRCS's online TSP Registry

TechReg is the online registry of Technical Service Providers where: 

New and Certified TSPs can login to techreg button
Landowners looking for assistance can find a tsp button
Individuals and businesses can become a tsp button

Conservation Activity Plans (CAPs)

The Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) supports payment for practices involving the development of certain plans called "Conservation Activity Plans" or CAPs.  Only certified TSPs can be hired to complete these plans.

Conservation Practice Design, Installation and Checkout

TSP Resources 

What's New?

News & Events - Current TSP News & Events.

NEW (10-2-15) NRCS Certified Conservation Planner-State Specific Training Modules are now available for TSPs who are required to take them for TSP certification.

(4-22-15)  2014 Farm Bill 7 CFR 652 Final Rule-The “Changes to Existing Conservation Program Regulations” was published in the Federal Register at the following web location:

(12-15-14) Changes in all practices and CAPs for 2015 have been released in TechReg.  This includes the posting of certification criteria for the new CAP 128 Agricultural Energy Management Plan which replaces the CAP 122 AgEMP-Headquarters and CAP 124 AgEMP-Landscape. 

(10-29-14) National Bulletin 300-15-5 LTP-EQIP Conservation Activity Plans for FY 2015 was posted.  The plan development criteria and templates for CAPs for Fiscal Year 2015 have been posted on the EQIP and TSP websites.  Certification criteria for the CAPs has not been published in TechReg yet, but will follow soon. 

REMINDER-Your password for accessing TechReg expires every 6 months.  Please try to keep your password current.  If you are having trouble accessing your profile due to an inactive account, please contact the eAuthentication Help Desk and request for your password to be resetDO NOT CREATE A NEW EAUTH ACCOUNT, LOG IN AND PASSWORD OR NEW TECHREG PROFILE.


REMINDER-FY 2015 USDA Information Security Awareness Training is required of all TSPs who have an eAuthentication Login and an AgLearn Account.  You may access the course through AgLearn or contact your State TSP Coordinator for assistance.




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You can get technical support a number of ways:

Contact TechReg Support by email.

For problems with your USDA eAuthentication account email the eAuth Help Desk or contact the USDA help desk via phone at 1-800-457-3642.

Contact the National TSP Team by email for questions about certification, policy, rules, and general questions about the TSP Program.