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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: 

All individuals requesting technical specialist designations are required to submit an Application for Designation to provide evidence of expertise, skills, training, and a list of three references who can attest to the applicant’s technical competence for each designation category.  Applications can be filled out through an online form HERE or through hardcopy application found HERE.

Once all information is verified, the applicant’s request for designation will be presented to the commission for approval.  Applications and any evidence of expertise, skills or training 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: 216 West Jones Street, Raleigh North Carolina 27603
Phone: 919.707.3770

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