Registration is open for 2018 Chesapeake Bay Landscape Professional (CBLP) certification classes. CBLP is a voluntary, regional credential for professionals who design, install, and maintain landscapes in the Bay watershed. Visit http://cblpro.org/get-certified/ for information, and to apply for certification.
CBLP offers two levels of training and certification:
- Level 1 is a baseline certification in design, installation, and maintenance of sustainable landscapes, emphasizing proper maintainence of stormwater best management practices (BMPs)
- Level 2 is an advanced credential in design or installation, focusing on stormwater BMPs
Level 1 training consists of one two-day class that combines classroom learning about conservation landscaping and stormwater best management practices, with a field-based maintenance practicum. CBLP’s active learning program focuses on critical thinking, problem solving, and collaborative practice. Beginning in 2018, Level 1 candidates will also include training on BMP inspection and verification. Candidates receive unlimited access to CBLP’s online webinar series on sustainable landscaping topics and a copy of CBLP’s sustainable landscape maintenance manual. Additional resources are available for free download. The Level 1 fee $425 includes training, materials, and examination.
Level 1 certification exams will be given in multiple locations. Because this is a Bay-wide credential, candidates may take the class or exam in any location.
Several classes are planned for early 2018:
- January 25-26, Lancaster, PA
- February 20-21, Arlington, VA
- March 13-14, Norfolk, VA
- March 19-20, Columbia, MD
Dates for the next Level 2 Intensive Seminar will be announced shortly.
A searchable, online directory of over 100 CBLP-certified landscape professionals is available at http://cblpro.org/directory/
Candidates for Level 1 must have a degree, certificate, or certification in a related field, or have professional experience in landscape design, installation, or maintenance. In order to qualify for Level 2, professionals must complete Level 1 and demonstrate experience designing or installing stormwater BMPs.
For more information, visit http://cblpro.org or contact: Beth Ginter, CBLP Coordinator, firstname.lastname@example.org