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 information, and toapply 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

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, visithttp://cblpro.orgor contact: Beth Ginter, CBLP Coordinator,