Planner Certifications

CTD Planner Certifications

The CTD has been diligently working to provide new ways to enhance and support your hard work. One of those is with a planner certification program aimed at verifying your expertise in planning, and providing continuing education and mentorship opportunities to advance your skills. The CTD has launched the first certifications in the Riparian, Farm and Dairy Planning disciplines.

Please review the qualifications for your appropriate certification:


Riparian Planner Certification

Application Form (Coming Soon)


Farm Planner Certification

Application Form (Coming Soon)


Dairy Planner Certification

Application Form (Coming Soon)

The purpose of the Certification Program is to certify individuals as having the necessary skills and abilities to plan to the requirements set forth in the certification guidelines, as well as recognize those planners that have demonstrated an advanced level of knowledge, skills and planning. In addition, the program provides a pathway for new and advancing planners to achieve the knowledge and mentor support needed to advance from beginning to expert planner. Happy planning!

For questions, please contact the certification leads at:

Dairy | | Nichole Embertson

Farm | | Bobbi Lindumulder

Riparian | | Ryan Williams

Planner Designation Requirements v3_11_18.pdf

NRCS Conservation Planner Designations

NRCS provides planner designations/certifications relative to Conservation Planning. These certifications are independent of the CTD Planner Certifications listed above, but form the base for the CTD planner certification requirements.

NRCS Conservation Planner Designations are at three levels:

  • Apprentice
  • Certified
  • Master

For more information on the individual NRCS Planner Designation levels and training requirements for each, please refer to the NRCS handout: NRCS Conservation Planner Designations (updated November, 2018)

Have a question? Check out the Washington Conservation Planning FAQ.

NRCS Conservation Planner Designations Supporting Information

Webinar: NRCS Planner Certification Status and Information

Recording of Webinar (Recording Password: NRCS Planning 1)

PowerPoint Slides from Presentation

Hosted by NRCS and CTD, this webinar goes over the new NRCS Planner Designation/Certification levels, qualification criteria, training opportunities, timelines, and provide a forum for Q&A by NRCS and the CTD. This webinar is for NRCS, Conservation District, and other planning partners interested learning more about the new criteria and what they need to do to get rolling.