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The NC Soil and Water Conservation Commission has approved education guidelines and criteria governing course eligiblity and approved credit hours for local district supervisors to achieve the annual training requirement. The Commission has delegated authority to the Division of Soil and Water Conservation to administer and market the program, including awarding and tracking approved credit hours or "Supervisor Training Credits" (STCs) according to established criteria. The Commission retains authority to consider appeals for decisions to deny or limit approved STCs, as requested by local soil and water conservation district supervisors.
Detailed information related to the program may be found in the Commission's District Supervisor Training Program and Education Approval Guidelines (November 2017).
To be approved for STCs, the course or event shall include content related to one of two training topics, as listed in NC General Statute 139-7.2:
- Soil, water, and natural resources conservation
- Duties and responsibilities of district supervisors
In general, education topics dealing with the overall operations of soil and water conservation districts will qualify for STCs. Educational topics directly relating to almost any aspect of supervisor duties or responsibilities will be considered for approval. Learning about the responsibilities of the district board is considered training; executing the responsibilities of the district board is not considered training. Learning about opportunities in which the district may engage, or how the district may operate to take advantage of opportunities is considered training; district engagement is not considered training. District supervisors and course sponsors must keep these training topics and considerations in mind when submitting requests for STCs.
Approved Courses for STC Credit:
In keeping with the training considerations above, a listing of upcoming courses that can be approved for STCs is available HERE.
Approved courses that have completed the Online Credit Approval Process will be added to this list, along with awarded STCs, as appropriate. Contact Kristina Fischer - email@example.com with questions, suggestions, or requests to add events to the list.
Course sponsors are those who request credit approval and report attendance for activities that qualify as STCs. Sponsors may include the NC Association for Soil and Water Conservation Districts, Division staff - including Regional Coordinators, local soil and water conservation district staff, or the soil and water conservation district supervisors themselves (self-reported). To find detailed instructions for the online STC approval process, please refer to the "STC User Guide" included as Appendix B in the Guidelines document posted above.
Below are some important links for course sponsors:
- Online Credit Approval Process - to request pre-approval for STCs for an upcoming course, or post-approval for a course that was completed within 45 days
- Online Roster Submittal - to upload the typed roster of attendees for a course that received STC pre-approval
Below are some forms for course sponsors or individaul supervisors:
- Fillabe Roster for group training activities
- Self-certification form for participation in training activity
STCs Logged by Supervisors:
All supervisors, whether elected or appointed, are required to secure a minimum of six (6) STCs per year. The period for this annual requirement is based on the calendar year - January 1 through December 31. Supervisors who obtain excess STCs during a calendar year may carry forward up to five (5) STCs to the next calendar year. Credit is assigned on the basis of one (1) STC being equal to one (1) hour of instruction; there is a 15-minute minimum and STCs are approved in quarter hour increments.
Supervisors are responsible to verify the STC hours awarded for their training activities - this responsibility is expected if the STCs are self-reported, or reported by another sponsor. A report of STCs achieved for 2018 is posted below and is updated at least quarterly:
STC Report - current as of 01.31.18
Pilot Program Information:
The Commission established a Pilot Supervisor Training Program beginning in January 2018 to evaluate the program policies, guidelines and STC tracking. Eight local soil and water conservation districts are participating in this program:
Association Area 1 - Henderson SWCD
Association Area 2 - Caldwell SWCD
Association Area 3 - Chatham SWCD
Association Area 4 - Johnston SWCD
Association Area 5 - Beaufort SWCD
Association Area 6 - New Hanover SWCD
Association Area 7 - Columbus SWCD
Association Area 8 - Rowan SWCD
Pilot districts and other interested parties are encourgaged to provide feedback on program policies, systems, or any other aspect of the Pilot Supervisor Training Program; please email your comments to Division Director - Vernon Cox - firstname.lastname@example.org, Division Eastern Region Coordinator - Kristina Fischer - email@example.com, or Commission Chair - John Langdon - firstname.lastname@example.org.