Training Events & Opportunities

Training Support Resources

The CTD is working with NRCS, CDs, and other partners to bring you the training opportunities that you need to succeed. If there is a training subject that you would like to see, let us know:

Upcoming Training Events

Soil Health and Sustainability for Field Staff (UPDATED)

This course is required for the NRCS Certified Planner Designation level (click here for more information on NRCS Planner Designation)

There is no registration cost for this training.

The new 2019 course structure will include an introductory week of daily, 2-hour mandatory webinars preceding the 2-day classroom/field portion of the training. Both must be attended to complete the course.

The 2019 course field dates and locations are:


  • August 13-14, 2019 (Pierce) (July 29 - August 2, 2019 webinar series) (CLASS FULL)
  • August 15-16, 2019 (Skagit) (July 29 - August 2, 2019 webinar series) (STILL 4 SEATS OPEN, Please Inquire at


  • June 13-14, 2019 (Grant/Douglas) (June 3-7, 2019 webinar series) (CLASS FULL)


  • June 18-19, 2019 (Pullman) (June 3-7, 2019 webinar series) (CLASS FULL)
  • June 20-21, 2019 (Pullman) (June 3-7, 2019 webinar series) (STILL 2 SEATS OPEN, Please Inquire at

Registration for this course is closed.

For information, contact:

NRCS – Tracy Hanger |

CD – Nichole Embertson |

Riparian Planning Considerations

CTD and NRCS are excited to partner in offering a week-long training opportunity focused on riparian planning. We have over a dozen presenters lined up from NRCS, CD’s, WDFW, local tribes and more. This course is similar to the Riparian and In-stream Considerations in Conservation Planning course offered in the Fall of 2016.

There is no registration cost for this course. Please contact Robin Buckingham at for registration info.

This year’s course will focus exclusively on planning riparian restoration projects with an event on the Westside and Eastside.

Location/Dates: (still room available in courses!)

  • Olympia (April 15-19, 2019) - NRCS Field Office | 1835 Black Lake Blvd. SW | Olympia, WA 98512
  • Pullman (May 13-17, 2019) - WSU Research and Technology Park |1610 NE Eastgate Blvd |Pullman, WA 99163

Objectives are to build understanding of:

1. Watershed processes that may impact riparian restoration projects

2. NRCS Riparian inventory assessment tools

3. NRCS Stream inventory assessment tools

4. Livestock and animal waste management techniques and considerations

5. Writing comprehensive riparian vegetation specifications

Course format:

Pre-class webinar, classroom, and field

Target Audience:

The training is designed primarily for planners who have less than 5 years’ experience, have familiarity using NRCS’s 9-step Conservation Planning Process and have riparian planning as a portion of their responsibilities.


•NRCS Conservation Planning Course, Part 1 (NRCS-NEDC-000019)

•NRCS Buffer Practices Webinar (sent with registration)

A mandatory pre-course webinar will be held in April to introduce you to course material including the agenda, pre-course homework, and several pieces of course content. We will be sending the dates out for this webinar soon.

Registration deadline is Friday, March 15. Please contact Robin Buckingham at for registration info.

Cultural Resources Training Series, Part 2

When: June 25-28, 2019

Location: Wenatchee, WA

Prerequisites: Cultural Resources Training Series, Part 1 on AgLearn

Registration for this training is closed at this time.

There is no registration fee for this course.

For questions, please contact:

Introduction to Conservation Planning, Part 2

September 23-27, 2019

Pullman, WA - PMC Event Center

It is finally here! NRCS is working with the CTD to bring back the 1-week Introduction to Conservation Planning (Part 2) course to fulfill both the NRCS Certified Planner Designation requirement and get newer planners off to a great start. If you want to attend, please start working on your prerequisites now.

If you indicated interest in this course on the 2018-19 CTD Training Needs Inventory that went out in December 2018, you are already on the pre-registration list. If you didn't fill that out, but want to be considered for this training, please fill out the following registration form:

There is no cost to attend this course, but you are responsible to cover your own travel and personal costs. It is recommended that you have at least one year of planning experience before registering for this course. Preference is given to those working towards attaining their NRCS Certified level of Planner Designation.

If you are also eligible to attend the three week NRCS Conservation Planning Boot Camp that also fulfills the NRCS Planning requirements. For scholarship information go to: NACD.

Special Webinars

For recordings and contents/links of previous webinars, click HERE.

No Scheduled webinars at this time.

2019 NRCS Course Schedule

NRCS has released their 2019 training schedule. The following courses are tentatively schedule for 2019. As more details and registration is available, it will be posted above in Upcoming Training Events.

If you filled out the CTD-NRCS 2019 Training Pre-Registration Survey in Dec 2018, you are already on the registration list for courses you indicated.

  • Advanced Forestry - Forest Health
    • May 29-30, Chehalis
    • June 11-12, Wenatchee
  • Advanced Forestry - Program delivery
    • August 6-8, Olympia
  • Assessment Tools: Rangeland Prescribed Grazing Management (Rangeland Health Assessment (RHA))
    • June 25-27, Ephrata
  • Basic Organic Systems
    • July, 1 each in West, Central and East. Locations TBD
  • Endangered Species Act (ESA)
    • Feb 6-7, Spokane
  • Pest management Classroom Course
    • August 20-22, Centrally located, city TBD
  • Plant Materials Field Day Casey
    • May 15, TBD
  • Riparian Planning Considerations
    • April 15-19, Olympia
    • April 22-26, Whitman Co.
  • Sage Grouse Initiative (SGI) Certification
    • March 5-6, Central Area

Other Training Opportunities

The following are training opportunities being offered around the State. Please contact the appropriate coordinator for more information about these non-CTD sponsored training opportunities.

Check out the Partner Training Opportunities page for additional training events.

Training Needs Survey

Completed for 2018. Look for a new one in 2019.