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Technical Training Individual Development Plan: 2022 Results

The Individual Development Plan (IDP) tool allows local managers to identify priority resource concerns and practices, local technical staff to identify technical training needs and record training history, and incorporates information from the NRCS Job Approval Authority database. The IDP tool also enables conservation staff to share their technical training needs, document credentials and certifications, find others with conservation skills for peer-to-peer assistance/on the job training and more.

For the 2022 IDPs 355 employees submitted 2,265 requests for training. These training requests included practices, basic and advanced skills, core competencies, and certifications. The technical training needs requests are summarized below.

View a summary of IDP participation.

Conservation Practices

Most conservation practices follow the NRCS practice code, standards, and specifications found in the Minnesota Field Office Technical Guide. Job Approval Authority may be granted to employees who have gained knowledge, developed skills, and demonstrated their competency for a specific practice.

Some practices, such as rain gardens, do not have a corresponding NRCS practice. These practices are planned, designed, and installed by conservation staff, and are included in the IDP training needs assessment. The table below contains the training needs for practices with the most requests.

View a summary of Conservation Practice requests.

2022 IDP Practice Requests

Basic Technical Skills

Basic technical skills provide a foundation for technical employees working on conservation activities. There is no NRCS Job Approval Authority associated with these skills, rather they aid in the planning, design, implementation, and monitoring of conservation practices.

View a summary of Basic Skill requests.

2022 IDP Basic Requests

Advanced Technical Skills

Advanced technical skills are essential for comprehensive conservation planning and complex engineering work. Generally these skills are required for technical employees to achieve higher levels of Job Approval Authority and credentials such as Certified Conservation Planner.

View a summary of Advanced Skill requests.

2022 IDP Advanced Requests

What does TTCP do with IDP results?

The primary 2022 IDP data entry closed on September 23, 2022. Updated training needs information is pulled from the IDP database quarterly, so users are encouraged to regularly update their training needs.

IDP information was reviewed by the Area Technical Training Teams throughout the month of November to determine the local training needs and prioritize training delivery. This information was then shared at the state level, and served as the foundation for the development of the 2023 training plan.

A listing of current and upcoming TTCP training opportunities can be found on the Training Calendar.

In addition, self-paced trainings are continually added to Online Learning, which can be found in the Online Learning.