The Technical Service Provider Certification Agreement states what is required of a TSP. The agreement indirectly states expectations. The expectations are that a certified TSP will know NRCS conservation practice standards, specifications, and statements of work (SOW) located within the Field Office Technical Guide (FOTG). When a TSP signs off on a conservation plan or certification of a practice, they are stating that plan or practice meets NRCS standards and specifications and all required documents outlined on the SOW and/or National Conservation Activity Plan Technical Criteria for each practice has been provided.
Before stepping in with both feet to become a NRCS Certified TSP, please verify that you meet the qualifications for the categories or practices for which you are pursuing certification for:
National TSP Webpage has additional information on the “why should I become a TSP”, “who benefits from being a TSP”, and more details on the eauth account creation process for new TSP’s.
Overview of the TSP Certification Process
There is one step before any of the TSP certification process can begin. That is creating an eauth account to a Level 2 access. This eauth login and password will be used to access the online registry and AgLearn account.
Three legs of the TSP Certification process are:
Note 1: Once all three legs of the TSP Certification Process have been completed, the TSP must submit their request to be certified through the Online Registry system. The State TSP Coordinator would then be responsible to recommend certification.
Note 2: it is very important to notify the State TSP Coordinator early on in your quest for certification to assist you through the TSP Process.
#1: Online Profile
Creating an online registry account and filling in all required information.
#2: Sample Plans
Completion and submittal of sample plans representing all practices for which you are seeking certification for. Some practices require two sample plans to be submitted.
State TSP Coordinator will assist in creating your AgLearn account. Most required trainings are located within this USDA Online Training Library.