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Technical Training & Certification Program Updates

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Calling all technical staff!

Have you completed your 2021 Individual Development Plan (IDP)? We want to know:


  • What skills or knowledge do you need to improve your job performance?
  • What conservation practices do you need to able to plan, design, and install?
  • What certifications or credentials are you looking for?


The IDP tool was developed to collect this information, which we use to make statewide training delivery decisions. You can ensure your training needs will be considered during this decision making process by completing your IDP.


What has changed? TTCP is in the third year of using IDPs to capture technical training needs statewide, and there are a lot of training requests that were submitted in years one and two. To help our training needs assessment and prioritization process to be as effective and efficient as possible we are asking everyone to update these older training needs. For the coming year, we will not consider any training needs dated prior to January 1, 2021. Updating your training needs is a quick process, and we have developed a brief video demonstrating how to do this.


Are you new to IDPs? Most NRCS and SWCD technical staff and managers already have eLINK accounts and access to IDPs. If you don’t, you can get started here.


Looking for a refresher? Check out the IDP User Guidance page for information and videos on adding a new training request, updating training requests, adding training to your training history, and viewing your credentials.


Have questions or need further assistance? Please contact us.


Upcoming Training Events

BWSR Sponsored Training Events



Oct 26-28


2021 BWSR Academy - Cragun's, Brainerd area


Minnesota Wetland Professional Certification Program

Minnesota Wetland Professional Certification Program

Wetland Delineation Refresher Course

August 26, 8:30am-4:30pm

Nye Park Nature Center, Maple Lake, MN

Basic Wetland Regulation and Delineation Class

September 13-17

Central Lakes College, Brainerd, MN

Basic Wetland Regulation and Delineation Class

September 20-24

Central Lakes College, Brainerd, MN

Basic Wetland Regulation and Delineation Class

October 4-8

Arden Hills City Hall, Arden Hills, MN


More information on all of these courses can be found at

Technical Training & Certification Program Trainings


Tech Talk Webinars:  Mondays at 1:00 pm

August 16 Windbreak Planning Considerations (CPS380)
August 23 Livestock Watering: Well System Investigation
August 30 Connecting High Tunnels (CPS 325) to Soil Health
Sept 21, 23 Planning with Minnesota Livestock Producers, Online


Related Partner Training Opportunities




Aug 17

Wetland Restoration Review and Grazing, Marshall, Pheasants Forever

Aug 17

Protecting Pollinators and Managing Their Habitats, Online, American Society of Agronomy

Aug 19

As-Planted Seed Mix Differences, Hutchinson, Pheasants Forever

Aug 24

Growing a Regenerative Crop Production System, Online, American Society of Agronomy





Sept 8

Open Meeting Law Remote Workshop, Online, MN Dept. of Admin

Sept 8

Maintaining Green Infrastructure, Online, Minnesota GreenStep Cities and Tribal Nations

Sept 14

Diverse Food Plot Planting and Maintenance, Dassel and Forest City, Pheasants Forever

Sept 14

Riparian Forest Buffer Webinar Series, Session 3 of 3, Online, American Society of Agronomy

Sept 20-24

Restoring River Ecosystems: Design & Application, Fergus Falls, MN DNR

Sept 21

Intro to Data Practices Policies & Procedures Remote Workshop, Online, MN Dept. of Admin

Sept 21

Introduction to MIDS Calculator, Virtual, MPCA

Sept 21

MIDS Calculator Intermediate Level Training, Virtual, MPCA





Oct 19-20

The Minnesota Water Resource Conference, Virtual, UMN





Dec 1-4

MAWD Annual Conference "Save the Date," Alexandria



Extended Training Opportunities
Through October 22

Silvopasture Workshops and Field Days, Sustainable Farming Association

Through December 31

MinnFARM, Self-Paced Online Training, UMN Extension


Learn on Your Own

Not all training takes place in a classroom. Check out the links below to learn at a time and place of your choosing.


We’ve also put together a searchable library of recorded modules, webinars, videos and other resources to help our staff and partners find professional development information on a variety of topics. You can visit BWSR's Online Learning page to find web-based technical training resources sorted by category.



Program Contacts

Barbara Radke   Jon Sellnow David Demmer & Ben Meyer
Training Coordinator   Technical Training and Certification Program Coordinator MN Wetland Professional Certification Program Coordinators
(507) 844-0442   (218) 340-3521 (218) 464-8289 & (612) 201-9806 &