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Certified Conservation Planner-State Specific Training Modules

Welcome to the NRCS Certified Conservation Planner State Specific Training Modules webpage.  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.  To become a certified conservation planner and be able to sign conservation plans a TSP must complete the following training:

  • Modules 1-5 of the NRCS Conservation Planning Course in AgLearn, or an equivalent course approved by NRCS, such as the TSP Orientation and Conservation Planning Course.
  • Modules 6-8 of the NRCS Conservation Planning Course offered by any NRCS State Office or equivalent course approved by NRCS.
  • Introduction to the Field Office Technical Guide (AgLearn)
  • Cultural Resources Training, Part 1 (AgLearn)
  • Erosion Prediction Software Training provided by any State NRCS Office.
  • Develop a Resource Management System Plan that is field reviewed by NRCS.
  • View the State Specific Training Module for each State where conservation planning will be conducted.

After completing the above requirements, a TSP will be certified in any State where they have viewed the State Specific Training Module.  The training modules provide very general information about conservation planning requirements in a State, so it is up to the TSP to make sure they have the knowledge, skills, abilities, licenses and certifications to legally and properly conduct planning in a particular State.  If there is not a State Specific Training Module available on this site for a particular State, viewing a module is not required for that State.

Each TSP Certified Conservation Planner designation will be reviewed at least once every three years by the NRCS State Conservationist for their resident State.  At that time TSPs must review the current State Specific Training Modules for all states where they are certified, so they can become aware of any changes to planning requirements in a State. 

TSPs are not required to become certified conservation planners to develop most Conservation Activity Plans (CAP), however to find out if this training is needed, please see the certification requirements in TechReg or on the TSP website.   

State Specific Training Modules-click on the name of the state to launch the training module:

Alabama

12,764 KB

Montana 373 KB
Alaska

Training Module Not Available

Nebraska 10,937 KB
Arizona

9,748 KB

Nevada 1,777 KB
Arkansas

Training Module Not Available

New Hampshire 8,213 KB
California

5,213 KB

New Jersey 1,272 KB
Colorado

2,039 KB

New Mexico 474 KB
Connecticut

184 KB

New York 822 KB
Delaware

2.6MB

North Carolina 215 KB
Florida

4,035 KB

North Dakota 415 KB
Georgia

Training Module Not Available

Ohio

PDF, 409KB

Hawaii/PIA

7,652 KB

Oklahoma 1,549 KB
Idaho

719 KB

Oregon 1,634 KB
Illinois

2,110 KB

Pennsylvania 249 KB
Indiana

4,544 KB

Puerto Rico

Training Module Not Available

Iowa

710 KB

Rhode Island

Training Module Not Available

Kansas

2,442 KB

South Carolina

PDF, 2MB

Kentucky

1,685 KB

South Dakota 441 KB
Louisiana

2,877 KB

Tennessee

Training Module Not Available

Maine

3,300 KB

Texas 223 KB
Maryland

177 KB

Utah 1,531 KB
Massachusetts

183 KB

Vermont 3,263 KB
Michigan

321 KB

Virginia 2,883 KB
Minnesota

5,413 KB

Washington

Training Module Not Available

Mississippi

Training Module Not Available

West Virginia 857 KB
Missouri

1,759 KB

Wisconsin

1,179 KB

    Wyoming

1,138 KB