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About National Employee Development Center

National Employee Development Center


The National Employee Development Center (NEDC) is the focal point for training for the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS). The Center maintains a staff of instructional systems specialists, an audio-visual specialist, a public affairs specialist, and training technicians. In addition to the NEDC staff, there are a number of NRCS employees from all disciplines who serve as members of the NRCS Instructor Cadre. This auxiliary cadre of instructors is vital to the success of training in NRCS.

National Employee Development Board:

National Employee Development Board

The National Employee Development Board is a 24-member board that ensures employee development are aligned with the agency’s goals and supports NEDC by establishing priorities for program development and delivery. NEDB has worked on approving the adoption of new courses to the NEDC catalog and addressed training needs in emerging technology, process improvement and conservation planning and technical specialties. They have also supported the National Conservation Planning Partnership by informing draft policies regarding conservation planner certification and by encouraging contribution agreements that allow partners to attend the NEDC Conservation Planning Boot Camp. The National Employee Development Board will continue to focus on key priorities such as staying up-to-date on employee training needs; keeping current the national boot camp curriculum for conservation planning; staying current on emerging technologies that advance the agency's mission; and providing guidance for leadership development programs. 

Our Mission:  

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To provide timely, sequential, competency-based training that is fundamental to our business of resource conservation.

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Our Vision:

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A highly skilled NRCS workforce providing our customers across the nation with quality service.