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Technical Service Providers

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.

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 16 separate CAPs and several different practice categories, each with individual TSP eligibility requirements. 

TechReg - NRCS's online TSP Registry

TechReg is the online registry of Technical Service Providers where: 

Certified TSPs can login to techreg button
Landowners looking for assistance can find a tsp button
Individuals and businesses can become a tsp button

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.

Conservation Practice Design, Installation and Checkout

TSP Resources 

What's New?

REMINDER-FY2013 USDA Information Security Awareness Training is required of all TSPs who have an eAuthentication Login.  The training needs to be completed no later than March 31, 2013.  More Information

NEW NRCS’s Science & Technology Training Library is now available. serves as a launching point for current and archived Forestry, Fish & Wildlife, Organic Agriculture, Pasture Management, Soil Health/Soil Quality, Water Quality, Watersheds, and many other conservation and natural resource webinars.  More Information

NEWTechReg News TSP Orientation and Conservation Planning Course available in AgLearn.  This course replaces the two individual courses: Conservation Planning Part 1 Modules 1-5 and TSP Orientation. More Information

CPlanner is no longer available for Conservation Planning for NRCS.  GeoAgro has announced they will no longer support CPlanner.  More Information


Send the National TSP Team a comment.

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.