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Professional Development - Technical Specialist Designation

Animal waste management plans must be certified by a technical specialist designated by the NC Soil and Water Conservation Commission.  Technical specialists certify that the best management practices in the animal waste management plan meet the applicable minimum standards and specifications. The following categories are authorized within the rules of the commission (02 NCAC 59G):

  • Waste Utilization Management / Nutrient Management (WUP/NM)
  • Wettable Acres (WA)
  • Irrigation Equipment (I)
  • Structural Animal Waste (SD - Design, SI- Inspection)
  • Runoff Controls (RC)
  • Inorganic Fertilizer / Nutrient Management (IF)
  • Water Management (WM)

To find specific requirements for each category review the Criteria for Technical Specialist Designations.

To Apply: 

Individuals who have been assigned approval authority for a designation category by  the USDA NRCS, the North Carolina Department of Agriculture & Consumer Services, the Division of Soil and Water Conservation, or the North Carolina Cooperative Extension Service do not need to complete an application.  However, it is required that a letter of recommendation be submitted stating that the individual has completed required trainings and has demonstrated proficiency in the particular skill. 

Private individuals are also eligible for designation, however an Application for Designation is required through an online form available HERE

Once all information is verified, the applicant's request and staff recommendation will be presented to the commission for approval. Agency recommendations and applications can be sent to:

           Division of Soil and Water Conservation
           Attn: Michael Shepherd
           PO Box 845
           Mocksville, NC 27028

Technical Specialist Database

A database of Animal Waste Technical Specialist is maintained by the division.

Here is a current list of designees sorted by affiliation.

Technical Specialist List Serve

In an effort to ensure Technical Specialists are provided notices and updates on animal waste issues in a timely manner a list serve was created.

 If you are a Technical Specialist we encourage you to join.



NCDA&CS Division of Soil & Water Conservation, Vernon Cox, Director
Mailing Address: 1614 Mail Service Center, Raleigh NC 27699-1614
Physical Address: 512 North Salisbury Street, Raleigh North Carolina 27604
Phone: 919.733.2302; FAX: 919.715.3559

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