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NRCS Pennsylvania Certified Conservation Planner Approval Course Offerings

Updated 01/23/2013

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All conservation plans developed for NRCS purposes with the assistance of NRCS and partner employees will be approved by a 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.

Target Audience:
Any individuals applying for NRCS Pennsylvania Certified Conservation Planner status such as NRCS, CDD, other public partner employees, registered Technical Service Providers, and other private sector consultants.

Sponsoring Organizations:
USDA - Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS)
Multiple Pennsylvania partners

Natural Resources Conservation Service
Timothy Kinney


  1. Completed AgLearn on-line courses
    AgLearn link:
        •    Introduction to Water Quality – NRCS-NEDC-000033
        •    Ag Waste Management Systems (Level 2) – NRCS-NEDC-000116
        •    Conservation Planning Modules 1-5 (Part 1) – NRCS-NEDC-000019
        •    Cultural Resources Modules 1-6 – NRCS-NEDC-000141

  2. Completed Cultural Resources Modules 7-8 Classroom and Field Based – NRCS-NEDC-000141

  3. Completed ACT 38/RUSLE/Storm Water P-Index 3 day course:

  4. Completed Conservation Planning Modules 6 – 8. The Supervisory DC for NRCS employees or local District Conservationist for partners must recommend trainees as ready to attend the following training events described separately under their event listing:
        a.    Introduction to Conservation Planning (Module 6) or equivalent approved by SRC
        b.    One of the Agricultural Conservation Technical Trainings below (Module 7):
                i.    PA ACT Boot Camp
                        Level I
                        Level II
                ii.   National NRCS Conservation Boot Camp
        c.    Plus any of the following other courses as needed (Module 7):
                i.    ACT38 Animal Concentration Areas Training
                ii.   ACT Summer Agronomy School Training (No classes scheduled at this time.)
                iii.  Basic Pasture Management (No classes scheduled at this time.)
        d.    NRCS Certified Conservation Planner Training (Module 8)

  5. Three years of experience or equivalent as approved by the Supervisory District Conservationist for NRCS employees or the local District Conservationist for partners. Experience must demonstrate proficiency in the following typical practices: 328, 329, 330, 340, 345, 362, 412, 528, 585, 590, 600.

  6. Completed satisfactory review of Conservation Planning Module 9 conservation plan. The student will independently develop a conservation plan or multiple plans to demonstrate competency in developing alternative solutions that address identified resource concerns to their quality criteria on cropland, pastureland, and headquarters land uses and assisting customers make decisions and schedule the implementation of their plan. The plan will be reviewed and approved by the NRCS Supervisory District Conservationist for NRCS employees or the local District Conservationist for partners before submittal for review within 2 years of completing required Module 8 training.

Dates and Location:
Variable for each of the Modules 6 – 8 and Listed Separately