FY20 Training Needs Inventory

NRCS FY20 Training Needs Inventory

NRCS is now collecting your input into development of their FY20 course offerings. Please take a few minutes to fill out the NRCS FY20 Training Needs Inventory (TNI) and make sure your training and professional development needs are met.

NRCS FY20 Training Needs Inventory

This TNI will only be open until June 28, 2019.

We will select up to 10 lucky individuals out of the first 50 people who fill out the TNI to receive a $500 training scholarship to be used towards your training! Fill it out today!

NRCS TNI Bulletin (Released June 10, 2019)

Upcoming Training Events

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:

Soil Health and Sustainability for Field Staff

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:


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


  • June 18-19, 2019 (Pullman) (June 3-7, 2019 webinar series)
  • June 20-21, 2019 (Pullman) (June 3-7, 2019 webinar series)


  • 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 2 SEATS OPEN, Please Inquire at

For information, contact:

NRCS – Tracy Hanger |

CD –

Riparian Planning Considerations

Course completed! This course will be offered again in 2021.

Cultural Resources Training Series, Part 2

Registration for this training is closed at this time.

When: June 25-28, 2019

Location: Wenatchee, WA


  • 1) Cultural Resources Training Series, Part 1, AgLearn
  • 2) Working Effectively with Tribal Governments, AgLearn (DA-TG-2013)

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

Registration for this course is full for 2019

It is finally here! NRCS and the CTD have brought 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. You can view the course prerequisites HERE.

There is no cost to attend this course, but attendees are responsible to cover their 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.

This course is full for 2019. If you would like to be put on the interest list for a future course in 2020, please fill out your information HERE.

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.

Webinar: See More, Manage More: Automating Work Processes Using the Smartsheet Project/Work Management Software Platform

Improve collaboration and transparency, manage projects in real-time and deploy new processes throughout your District. Learn how Districts are utilizing Smartsheet to efficiently run District operations, grant management, reporting and project tracking.

Presented on May 8, 2019

View Webinar Video Recording HERE

PowerPoint slides

Catch the special in-person follow up session at the WADE conference Monday, June 10 @ 3:30.

For questions regarding this webinar, contact: Jessica Self, Palouse CD,

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.

For questions about these training events:

  • Advanced Forestry - Forest Health
    • 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)
    • September 4-5, Spokane
  • Pest management Classroom Course
    • August 20-22, Centrally located, city TBD

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.