Training Events & Opportunities

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:

Special Webinars

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

No Scheduled webinars at this time.

Upcoming Training Events

Soil Health and Sustainability for Field Staff

You may be aware that NRCS had to cancel its series of Soil Health and Sustainability Trainings this year. While this is unfortunate, it also had the benefit of allowing us to get creative with course structure AND negotiate add three extra classes for 2019.

If you are looking to take one of the Soil Health classes in 2019 (required for all levels of NRCS Planner Designation), please fill out the pre-registration form (link below), which is on a first-come-first-serve basis. These classes where in high demand this year, so please pre-register to ensure you get a spot.

Pre-registration form link:

The new 2019 course structure will include an introductory week of daily 2-hour mandatory webinars the week preceding the 2-day classroom/field portion of the training. This cuts down on travel and hopefully increases your understanding of the material by giving you a week long ramp into the subject matter.

The 2019 course field dates and locations (exact location TBD) will be:


  • April 2-3, 2019 (Thurston/Pierce) (March 25-29, 2019 webinar series)
  • April 4-5, 2019 (Whatcom/Skagit) (March 25-29, 2019 webinar series)


  • June 11-12, 2019 (Grant/Douglas) (June 3-7, 2019 webinar series)
  • June 13-14, 2019 (Grant/Douglas) (June 3-7, 2019 webinar series)


  • July 16-17, 2019 (Whitman - Pullman) (July 8-12, 2019 webinar series)
  • July 18-19 (Whitman - Pullman) (July 8-12, 2019 webinar series)

For information, contact:

NRCS – Tracy Hanger |

CD – Nichole Embertson |

2018 Core Training Events

Comprehensive Nutrient Management Plan (CNMP) Development

This course is over for 2018! Keep your eyes on the training calendar for 2019-20 offerings.

Course Agenda

Introduction to Conservation Planning

Coming in Winter 2018! Stay tuned for specific dates.

Let us know if you are interested in this course HERE

Your interest will help us gauge class size and location.

Space is limited, so get in your pre-registration information now!

This course is currently under a major renovation. Look for fantastic changes for 2018. Stay tuned for more information to be posted soon! We will send out an announcement and post in our newsletter. Don't get our newsletter? Sign up for it via GovDelivery HERE.

In the are eligible to attend the three week NRCS Conservation Planning Boot Camp. For scholarship information go to: NACD.

2018 CTD Training Events

No events scheduled at this time. Stay tuned for FY19 events coming soon!

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.

ASWM-NRCS Wetland Training Webinar Series

NRCS has entered into an agreement with the Association of State Wetland Managers (ASWM) to develop a nine-part wetland training webinar series designed to provide participants with a general level of knowledge about wetlands and wetland restoration options and considerations.

There is no cost to register for the webinar and the webinar will be recorded and available for replay for those not able to participate live. If you have any questions about registering for a webinar, please contact Laura from ASWM at:

This webinar series has been developed to providing training for Conservation Planners about key wetland concepts and restoration considerations as they work with clients on issues that involve wetlands. Participants do not require prior knowledge of or training on wetlands.

Participants will come away from trainings with key knowledge, the ability to be more conversant about wetland issues, knowing what questions to ask when looking at restoration opportunities, and knowing when to contact or bring in an expert. This webinar series ties in with the NRCS nine-step planning process, focusing on Phase I collection and analysis steps: identify problems, determine objectives, inventory resources and analyze resource data.

For those of you who have wetland backgrounds, much of this will be good review/refresh information, for those that do not have wetland backgrounds but work on or interact with the wetland easement programs, these sessions will provide useful technical information.

Webinars in the Training Series:

Webinar 1: Introduction to Wetlands - June 22, 2018

Webinar 2: Wetlands in a Watershed/at the Landscape Scale

Webinar 3: Wetland Ecology for Planners: How a Wetland Should Function

Webinar 4: Wetland Ecology for Planners: Examples of Variation Across the United States

Webinar 5: Dealing with Reality: How to Work with Wetlands in Altered Landscapes

Webinar 6: Identifying Resource Concerns and Determining Landowner Objectives

Webinar 7: How to Talk about Wetlands with Landowners

Webinar 8: What are Wetland Restoration Choices? Matching Objectives to Programs and Getting Additional Help

Webinar 9: Dealing with Challenging Weather Patterns in Restoration Planning

NRCS Air Quality and Animal Agriculture

The NRCS Air Quality and Animal Agriculture course is now available in AgLearn (search for “Air Quality and Animal Agriculture” after you log into AgLearn). This course introduces NRCS employees and others to the air emissions associated with animal operations and provides some information on how we can help mitigate these emissions. This course is the fifth in the air quality-related series (Air Quality, Climate Change and Energy; Why Should We Care About Air Quality; Air Quality Resource Concerns; and Greenhouse Gases and Carbon Sequestration are the others), so feel free to add this course to your learning plan to learn more about air emissions associated with animal production.

The non-eAuthentication versions of the new NRCS Air Quality and Animal Agriculture course were activated on the eXtension Air Quality in Animal Agriculture page ( - see the link to the NRCS courses at: and on Conservation ( These links are now active and can be accessed by our partners, if you so choose.

Training Needs Survey

Completed. Thank you for completing our survey. Look for a new TNI in Fall 2018.

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For the most recent information on training events, check out the Training Calendar.