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PA Agricultural Conservation Training and Development


PA Agricultural Conservation Training and Development

Pennsylvania's Conservation Partners recognize that critical skills are necessary for those who provide conservation technical assistance to Pennsylvania's agricultural producers and private non-industrial forest landowners. Conservation agencies and organizations offer trainings and certification programs to develop skills and maintain the knowledge base necessary for successful conservation implementation.

PA Agricultural Training Catalog

A catalog of training opportunities for Pennsylvania (PA) conservation partner employees is available. The PA Agricultural Training Catalog describes regularly offered training courses, schedules, prerequisites, and links to registration and contacts for additional information.

PA NRCS Certified Planner

Conservation plans are the basis for Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) assistance. All conservation plans developed for clients with NRCS assistance or for NRCS purposes (programs, technical assistance, client requests) must be signed by a NRCS Certified Conservation Planner. NRCS Certified Conservation Planners can be NRCS employees or volunteers, Conservation District employees, Technical Service Providers (TSP's), or others acting through an agreement with NRCS. For information regarding PA NRCS Certified Planner Requirements,  please click here.

PA NRCS Ecological Sciences and Planning Training Opportunities Bulletin

The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA)-NRCS publishes a quarterly PA NRCS Ecological Sciences and Planning Training Opportunities Bulletin that lists upcoming training events and registration contacts associated with Continuing Education Credits (CEC's) for PA NRCS Certified Planners. This Bulletin is updated quarterly in January, April, July, and October and posted on the PA NRCS website.

Individual Training Needs Assessment

In order to identify and assess individual training needs, employees need to examine the knowledge, skills or abilities (competencies) needed to perform their position in comparison to their current competency level. To assist with an individual training needs assessment, the Conservation Partnership developed tools and provided information about available trainings and competencies needed for conservation partner positions.