Registration is open for 2018 Chesapeake Bay Landscape Professional (CBLP) certification. CBLP is a voluntary, regional credential for professionals who design, install, and maintain landscapes in the Bay watershed.  Visit for information, and to apply for certification.

Several classes are planned for summer 2018:

  • June 18-19, Annapolis, MD
  • July 9-10, Charlottesville, VA
  • July 30-31, State College, PA

CBLP offers two levels of training and certification:

  • Level 1 is a baseline certification in design, installation, and maintenance of sustainable landscapes, with an emphasis on proper maintainence of stormwater best management practices (BMPs)
  • Level 2 is an advanced credential in design or installation, focusing on stormwater BMPs

CBLP’s active learning program engages participants to develop critical thinking, problem solving, and collaborative practice skills.

Level 1 consists of one two-day class that combines classroom learning about conservation landscaping (site assessment, native plants, natural communities, habitat, soils, invasives management) and stormwater BMPs, with a field-based maintenance practicum. The class also covers BMP inspection and verification protocols. Level 1 candidates are required to pass a written examination after the class.

Candidates receive unlimited access to CBLP’s online webinar series on sustainable landscaping and a copy of CBLP’s sustainable landscape maintenance manual. Additional resources are available via free download or purchase.

Level 1 certification exams are given in multiple locations. Because this is a Bay-wide credential, candidates may take the class or exam in any location. The Level 1 fee, including the exam, webinars, and materials, is $425.

A searchable, online directory of CBLP-certified landscape professionals is available at

Level 1 candidates must have a degree, certificate, or certification in a related green infrastructure field, or have professional experience. To qualify for Level 2, professionals must complete Level 1 and demonstrate experience designing or installing stormwater BMPs.

Questions, contact Beth Ginter at