2015 Technical Training and Certification

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2015 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Fund Source
Clean Water Fund
Board of Water and Soil Resources
Recipient Type
State Government
In Progress
Start Date
July 2015
Activity Type
Legal Citation / Subdivision
M.L. 2015, 1st Special Session, Chapter 2, Article 2, Section 7.
Appropriation Language

$3,325,000 the first year and $4,275,000 the second year are for accelerated implementation, including local resource protection and enhancement grants and statewide program enhancements of supplements for technical assistance, citizen and community outreach, compliance, and training and certification.

2015 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Other Funds Leveraged
Proposed Measurable Outcome(s)

Clean Water Funds are used for the development of a Technical Training and Certification Program to maintain a highly trained, technically skilled workforce of natural resource professionals capable of meeting the conservation delivery needs of Minnesota. This is accomplished by: 1) Developing core competency training for all technical staff, 2) Identifying of local priority resource concerns and applicable conservation practices requiring specific technical expertise, 2) Design and implementation of Individual Development Plans to inform an Annual Technical Training Needs Assessment, 3) Annual prioritization of technical trainings needs, 4) Delivery of training and mentoring to meet needs identified in Annual Technical Training Needs Assessment and to increase credentialing, 5) Development of a tracking system for Job Approval Authority credentials, Individual Development Plans, and continuing education.

Measurable Outcome(s)

Technical Trainings to date include: - Soil Erosion Prediction Tools - Comprehensive Nutrient Management and Planning - Basic Surveying - Soil Mechanics - Basic Hydrology - Basic Conservation Planning - Forest Inventory Basics Total Students = 584 Total Contact Hours (students x training duration) = 5,594 The Technical Training and Certification Program increased the number and availability of technical trainers and has dedicated staff to developing training curriculum, delivering training, and serving as mentors to accelerate credential acquisition.

Project Details

Establishing conservation practices on private lands in Minnesota is critical to achieving state and federal goals for clean and sustainable water resources, healthy and sustainable soil resources, and abundant fish and wildlife. Conservation Technical Assistance requires statewide, base technical assistance capabilities, as well as capabilities tailored to local resource concerns and conservation practices in the diverse landscapes of Minnesota. Training and certification of Minnesota's conservation professionals are key quality assurance elements of an effective conservation delivery system. Minnesota's local conservation delivery system faces growing and evolving demands and challenges. The Technical Training and Certification Program, and the strong partnership of agencies supporting it, will connect allies and resources to efficiently provide training and enhance technical skills so Local Government conservation staff can effectively perform their jobs and meet expanding conservation needs.

Project Manager
First Name
Last Name
Organization Name
Minnesota Board of Water and Soil Resources
Street Address
520 Lafayette Road North
St. Paul
Zip Code
(651) 296-3767
Competitive Grant Making Body
Board Members and Qualifications

See http://www.bwsr.state.mn.us/aboutbwsr/index.html and http://www.bwsr.state.mn.us/aboutbwsr/boarddirectory.pdf

Advisory Group Members and Qualifications

See http://www.bwsr.state.mn.us/aboutbwsr/index.html

Conflict of Interest Disclosed
Conflict of Interest Contact

Wayne Zellmer