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Technical Service Providers

Rhode Island's Technical Service Provider (TSP) process is intended to help professionals provide technical assistance to landowners and farmers under one of the Farm Bill conservation programs.

Why Become a Certified TSP?

The demand for technical assistance to do conservation work, including conservation planning and design, installation and checkout of approved conservation practices, is increasing and will exceed the current staffing capacity of the NRCS. Rhode Islands' Technical Service Provider (TSP) process is intended to provide assistance to agricultural professionals who wish to provide technical assistance to landowners and farmers. Additional information on TSP registration and certification is found on this page as well as on the USDA/NRCS TechReg Web site.

How to Become a TSP

Use the tools provided below to complete the TSP registration and certification process, as well as to identify and complete the required NRCS online training. Instructions for establishing an e-government account are available on this page. Once you establish your e-government account, you must visit your local USDA Service Center where your identity will be validated using a picture ID. (See a map and find NRCS office in Rhode Island). Once your account has been activated, you will be able to log-in to TechReg using the user ID and password you created.

Certification is dependent on meeting specific educational, experience and training criteria. NRCS has online training available at AgLearn to assist you in meeting TSP category requirements. Instructions for AgLearn registration are available on this page. National certification requirements for some TSP categories may include completion of state-specific classroom training.

TSP certification information, checklists and fact sheets are available below. You may begin the registration process through the TechReg Web site at

Producer Reimbursement for Using TSP Services

A program participant is always given the option of utilizing the services of a TSP, however, reimbursement for part, or all, of the cost of hiring a TSP is dependent upon available funding. In addition, the program participant must hire a service provider who has completed the USDA/NRCS TSP certification process, is certified in the correct category, and has completed the certification process prior to the commencement of work activities.

TSP Contacts in Rhode Island

TSP Coordinator eAuthentication Coordinator &
local Registration Authority (LRA)
Eric Boettger
60 Quaker Lane, Suite 40
Warwick, RI 02886
Phone: 401-822-8825
Fax: 401-828-0433
Jackie Pashnik
60 Quaker Lane, Suite 46
Warwick, RI 02886
Phone: 401-822-8829
Fax: 401-828-0433


The following documents may require Acrobat Reader, Microsoft Word or Microsoft PowerPoint.

Calendar of Events | Certification Aides | Handbooks | Miscellaneous | Newsletter | TSP Fact Sheets | TSP Forms | TSP National Guidance | TSP Policy

Calendar of Events


Adobe Acrobat  Working as a Technical Service Provider (TSP) in Rhode Island Brochure 


Certification Aides

Rhode Island TSP Certification Checklists  (114 KB)

  • This document will provide you with a convenient method for identifying TSP certification requirements and tracking your progress in completing the option criteria for certification.

eAuthentication Guidesheet  (32 KB)

  • This document has step-by-step instructions for obtaining USDA eAuthentication.

Reset Your eAuthentication Password

  • Follow these instructions to reset your password should you lose or forget it.

Adobe Acrobat  AgLearn Guidesheet Updated!

  • Many TSP categories utilized in RI require completion of NRCS courses prior to certification. This guidesheet will lead you through the process of registering on AgLearn and loading courses on to your learning plan.

Adobe Acrobat  Re-Certification Checklist

  • Every 3 years a TSP must recertify if they desire to continue working as a TSP. This checklist will walk you through the re-certification process. Print it out several months prior to your certification renewal deadline as category options may have changed since you initially certified.

Rhode Island TSP Verification Process

  • This document provides you with information on the documentation that you will need to provide to the TSP Coordinator prior to certification in RI.

Adobe Acrobat  TechReg Step-by-Step Guide

  • A national TSP guide for certification

Adobe Acrobat  5 Easy Steps to Certification

  • A national TSP guide for certification

Adobe Acrobat  TSP Process Guide Sheet

Power Point  TSP Process

  • To open this PowerPoint file, right click on the link, save target as..., name and save file where desired, open the file where saved.

Business Registration


TSP Handbook



TSP Fact Sheets

TSP Forms

TSP National Guidance

TSP Policy