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Major Conservation Courses and Training Events

Pennsylvania’s Conservation Partners recognize the critical professional development skills necessary for those who provide conservation technical assistance to PA’s agricultural and forestry producers. Many organizations offer training events that help technical assistance providers acquire and maintain the knowledge base and skills necessary for success. This page describes the major course events.

Level

Certified Conservation Planners (CCP)

Course Titles

Select a course title to learn more!

Introductory Advanced Prerequisites Continuing
Education
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Agriculture 101: Agriculture 101: Understanding Pennsylvania Farm Operations

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Intro to Conservation Planning 101: NRCS Pennsylvania Certified Conservation Planning Training Series Module 6

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Pennsylvania Agricultural Conservation Technical Trainings (ACT): NRCS Certified Conservation Planning Series Module 7 (ACT: Bootcamp Level I)

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ACT 38 Animal Concentration Areas Training

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NRCS Environmental Compliance Level 1 (NRCS-NEDC-000190)

 

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Pennsylvania Agricultural Conservation Technical Trainings (ACT): NRCS Certified Conservation Planning Series Module 7 (ACT: Bootcamp Level II)

 

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NRCS Certified Conservation Planner Training Series Module 8

 

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Environmental Evaluation Worksheet OJT

 
  Click here to access the Additional Continuing Education Credits!
  Click here to access the Nutrient Management Specialist Certification Program Training!

NRCS Pennsylvania Certified Conservation Planner Requirements

All conservation plans developed for NRCS purposes with the assistance of NRCS and partner employees will be approved by NRCS or partner certified conservation planner. A certified conservation planner is a person who has demonstrated the necessary skills, training, and experience to assist clients to identify resource problems, to express the client's objectives, to propose feasible solutions to resource problems, and leads the client to choose and implement an effective alternative that treats resource concerns and meets their objectives.  Select the Requirements link above to learn more!


Introductory Level Courses

Agriculture 101: Understanding Pennsylvania Farm Operations

The course will increase conservation professionals’ technical and cultural understanding of Pennsylvania’s basic types of farm operations, the common plants and animals grown on them, the management approaches and technologies utilized, and the essential farm-based vernacular. The training will provide participants with an understanding of the multiple farm-scale considerations that the producer balances and the intricate linkages between production, management, social- and natural resource decisions. The course is designed to improve and increase conservation practitioners’ effectiveness in the identification and communication of natural resource problems and opportunities, and to improve collaborative development of appropriate conservation solutions between the course participants, their conservation partners, and the customer. Select the course title to learn more!

Intro to Conservation Planning 101:
NRCS Pennsylvania Certified Conservation Planning Training Series Module 6

This training course is designed to provide an introduction to conservation planning assistance provided in Pennsylvania. The course introduces the conservation planning process and focuses on developing quality plans that address the objectives of the decision maker in consideration of their economic and social needs and requirements by federal, state, and local laws and regulations. The course targets entry level conservationists introducing them to the conservation planning process and supporting tools and technology in Pennsylvania and supplements the online NRCS Conservation Planning Modules 1–5 with face-to-face classroom and on-farm training. Select the course title to learn more!

ACT Bootcamp Level I

Provide conservation training to newly hired Agricultural Conservation Technicians, NRCS Soil Conservationists, Technicians, and Engineers, Nutrient Management Technicians, Chesapeake Bay Technicians, Watershed Coordinators, Farmland Preservation Specialists, Technical Service Providers, and others.  Select the course title to learn more!

ACT 38 Animal Concentration Areas Training

Workshop provides critical training on how to identify manure management practices and animal concentration areas, how to conduct an evaluation of these areas to determine the adequacy of practices to prevent water pollution, and how to identify BMP's to address identified inadequate manure management practices that must be included in an ACT 38 nutrient management plan. These approaches are introduced in the classroom and practically applied with exercises using multiple on-farm situations. Select the course title to learn more!

NRCS Environmental Compliance Level 1 (NRCS-NEDC-000190)

Providers of conservation technical assistance must have enough knowledge of Federal, State, or local laws and regulations to recognize that a contemplated facility or practice may be subject to such laws and regulations. NRCS employees and partners or consultants working on behalf of the agency have certain responsibilities to provide the land owner or operator with assistance in compliance while the land owner or operator themselves are responsible for acquiring and complying with project plan approvals and permits from Federal, State, or local agencies.

This online module training series supports an emerging curriculum related to NRCS program and project planning and associated environmental issues.  Select the course title to learn more!


Advanced Level Courses

Pennsylvania Agricultural Conservation Technical Trainings (ACT)

ACT: Bootcamp Level II

Provide advanced conservation training for Agricultural Conservation Technicians, NRCS Soil Conservationists, Technicians, and Engineers, Nutrient Management Technicians, Chesapeake Bay Technicians, Watershed Coordinators, Farmland Preservation Specialists, Technical Service Providers, and others.  Specialized focus areas include agronomy and engineering tracks.  Select the course title to learn more!

Recommended for NRCS Certified Conservation Planning Series Module 7

NRCS Certified Conservation Planner Training Series Module 8

This week long course is designed to provide conservation planning training for students working with individual customers or groups that function as an individual by building on basic conservation planning principles through a combination of lectures, field exercises, contact with land users, and group presentations. A case study is used to demonstrate techniques and dynamics of farm based conservation planning. To learn more click on the course title.  Select the course title to learn more!

Providers of conservation technical assistance must have enough knowledge of Federal, State, or local laws and regulations to recognize that a contemplated facility or practice may be subject to such laws and regulations. NRCS employees and partners or consultants working on behalf of the agency have certain responsibilities to provide the land owner or operator with assistance in compliance while the land owner or operator themselves are responsible for acquiring and complying with project plan approvals and permits from Federal, State, or local agencies.

Environmental Evaluation Worksheet OJT

Demonstrated Proficiency will be achieved through supervisor recommendation and the completion of a successful NRCS-CPA-52 form review by the Resource Conservationist for Planning. Select the course title to learn more!


Continuing Education

All conservationists should continuously maintain their knowledge and skills.

For NRCS Certified Planners, the courses that are listed below are approved and qualify for Continuing Education Credits (CEC's).

NRCS Certified Conservation Planner Continuing Education Credits (CEC)

NRCS Certified Conservation Planners (CCP) can obtain their continuing education credit requirements in the no-till/cover crop, nutrient management, grazing, wildlife/buffers, and optional categories by attending the preapproved scheduled events listed on the NRCS Pennsylvania website.

The number of CCP credit hours available for each event is shown in parentheses (). For NRCS employees, attendance at these events must be documented in the employee's Individual Development Plan (IDP) in order to receive Certified Conservation Planner Continuing Education Credits (CEC). Updates are made every quarter and announced through the NRCS bulletins directive system.

Additional Continuing Education Credits

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