Iowa Technical Service Providers (TSP)
The objective is to help support the landowner and support conservation goals. 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). Additional information about TSPs, policy, certification, how to find a TSP, etc. can be found on the USDA-NRCS National Technical Service Provider (TechReg) website.
How to Become a TSP
Certification is dependent on meeting specific educational, experience, coursework, and plans reviewed. For more information about how to become a TSP go to the NRCS Registry website and click on the big green button named “Become a TSP” or visit the Step-by-Step Guide for Registering as a TSP webpage.
There are various forms of training available: NRCS online and in-person training, approved online training, and partnered institutions (see below):
- AgLearn (NRCS)
- Science & Technology Training Library (S&T) (Online)
- ISU (partner)
- For more information and other training opportunities go to the National Technical Service Provider Training webpage and the TSP Calendar of Events web page.
- Technical Service Provider Network (TSPN)
Iowa TSP Information
Once any training is completed, TSPs must send in a copy of their certificates and/or licenses to the State TSP Coordinator. TSPs must also be able to verify their work history or education illustrating their knowledge, skills, and abilities pertaining to each category they are requesting certification.
Additional information about state laws can be located on the Iowa DNR webpage.
CPAs, DIAs, and CEMAs
Previously known as Conservation Activity Plans (CAPs), NRCS has reorganized and renamed CAPs into three new categories—Conservation Planning Activities (CPAs), Design and Implementation Activities (DIAs), and Conservation Evaluation and Monitoring Activities (CEMAs). The Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) supports payments for practices involving the development of CPAs, DIAs, and CEMAs. For more information, please visit the following links:
- Conservation Planning Activities (CPAs), Design and Implementation Activities (DIAs), and Conservation Evaluation and Monitoring Activities (CEMAs)
- Iowa Conservation Practice Standards - Section IV of the electronic Field Office Technical Guide (eFOTG)