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Professional Development - Technical Job Approval Authority

It is important to the NC Soil and Water Conservation Commission to ensure that field staff has the adequate technical skills to implement conservation practices. In an effort to further increase the capacity of the division and district employees, the commission has developed policies to grant job approval authority for the following best management practices and skills.

SWCC Job Approval Categories

Below is the current approved categories. Click here to learn more about requirements for each individual category.

  • Pond Site Assessment
  • Sediment Removal Planning and Certification
  • Water Need Assessments 
  • Backyard Rain Gardens (treats impervious areas < 2500 sq. ft.)
  • Backyard Wetlands (treats impervious areas < 2500 sq. ft.)
  • Cisterns (< 3,000 gal)
  • Critical Area Planting
  • Grassed Swales (if it falls under specific design thresholds)
  • Impervious Surface Conversion
  • Riparian Buffers
  • Streambank and Shoreline Protection

Requesting Access to CCAP Tests

To request access to the required CCAP tests, please email which test(s) you would like to complete to or

Requesting SWCC Job Approval Authority

To request Job Approval Authority from the Commission, please complete the Request for SWCC Job Approval Authority.
If you have questions, please contact Jeff Young, Technical Services Section Chief. 

Current list of SWCC job approval authority recipients

The list of recipients for SWCC job approval authority is sorted by district.  It contains the effective date of the authority and will continue to be updated after each commission meeting.

Requesting NRCS Job Approval Authority

The SWCC is also in support of soil and water conservation district employees pursuing NRCS job approval authority. Click here to learn more about the federal process and to request NRCS JAA.



NCDA&CS Division of Soil & Water Conservation, Vernon Cox, Director
Mailing Address: 1614 Mail Service Center, Raleigh NC 27699-1614
Physical Address: 216 West Jones Street, Raleigh North Carolina 27603
Phone: 919.707.3770

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