What is a Technical Service Provider or TSP?
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). Each certified TSP is listed on the NRCS TSP online registry, TechReg. The TSP registration and approval process involves required training and verification of essential education, knowledge, skills and abilities.
TechReg - NRCS's online TSP Registry
TechReg is the online registry of Technical Service Providers where:
|New and Certified TSPs can
|Landowners looking for assistance can
|Individuals and businesses can
What kind of work can a TSP do?
TSP's provide conservation technical services to NRCS clients in two broad areas: Conservation Activity Plan (CAP) development and Conservation Practice design, installation and checkout. There are 14 separate CAPs and the conservation practices are grouped into several different categories, each with their own eligibility requirements.
Technical Service Providers Factsheet (PDF, 477KB)
Conservation Activity Plans (CAPs)
The Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) supports payment for practices involving the development of certain plans called "Conservation Activity Plans" or CAPs. Only certified TSPs can be hired to complete these plans. additional information for CAPs can be accessed from the EQIP CAPs webpage. Much of the information regarding CAPs found on the TSP Website links from information housed on the EQIP CAPs webpage. The EQIP CAPs webpage also contains links to CAPs information from previous years.
ARCHIVES: 2013-2016 CAP information can be viewed by looking up the specific year under Previous CAP Resources on the EQIP CAP's webpage or use the links below:
Conservation Practice Design, Installation and Checkout
News & Events - Current TSP News & Events.
NEW (12-27-16) TSP Policy Manual Revised-The TSP Policy Manual has been updated and published in eDirectives. The entire manual has been updated. To view or download the new policy manual, access NRCS's eDirectives or the TSP Website's TSP Manual, Policy, & Rules webpage.
NEW (10-6-16) TechReg has undergone significant changes to the way the system manages TSPs with expired Certification Agreements. The system will automatically expire a TSP who has an expired certification agreement which will result in the TSP being removed from the public site. This new process will not impact an application a TSP many have submitted for renewal and will not make any changes to the statuses of a TSP who has initiated renewal. The system will complete a check daily for expired certification agreements, so TSPs are encouraged to initiate renewal immediately following receipt of the 60 day renewal reminder. If you do not receive the reminder, ensure the email address in Section A of your TSP Profile is current. Expired TSPs will receive an expired notice from TechReg as long as their email address is current. Expired TSPs should continue to use the same eAuth User ID and password to access their existing TSP Profile in TechReg. TSPs should NOT initiate renewal any sooner than 60 days prior to expiration.
NEW (8-10-16) FY 2017 USDA Information Security Awareness Training has been posted and is required of all TSPs. If you have an active AgLearn account you may access the course through AgLearn. For those TSPs who do not have an AgLearn account or have an AgLearn account that has been deactivated, please work with your resident State TSP Coordinator to complete the requirement. The training is due to be completed no later than February 1, 2017.
REMINDER-Your password for accessing TechReg expires every 6 months. Please try to keep your password current. If you are having trouble accessing your profile due to an inactive account, please contact the eAuthentication Help Desk and request for your password to be reset. DO NOT CREATE A NEW EAUTH ACCOUNT, LOG IN AND PASSWORD OR NEW TECHREG PROFILE.
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You can get technical support a number of ways:
Contact TechReg Support by email.
For problems with your USDA eAuthentication account email the eAuth Help Desk or contact the USDA help desk via phone at 1-800-457-3642.
Contact the National TSP Team by email for questions about certification, policy, rules, and general questions about the TSP Program.