Registration is now open for Chesapeake Bay Landscape Professional (CBLP) certification program Level 1 training. This highly interactive three-day course will combine online learning with a field day. Participants choose one online session, which will run from 9 AM – 12 PM each day:

Session 1 – December 1 & 8

Session 2 – January 19 & 26

Session 3 – February 10 & 17

Online sessions will be followed by full-day field practicums. Participants choose one field day in one of the following locations.  Snow dates are listed on the CBLP website.

  • January 27 – Arlington, VA
  • February 18 – Lancaster, PA
  • February 23 – Annapolis, MD
  • February 26 – Norfolk, VA
  • March 2 – Fredericksburg, VA
  • March 9 – Columbia, MD

Level 1 registration is online:  Register by November 16, and use the coupon BMPDAVE for a $50 discount.  For those working in the Hampton Roads area of Virginia, RISE grant funding may provide an additional discount. Email and ask about RISE scholarships.

CBLP follows CDC safety and hygiene protocols for outdoor field days, and will abide by local and state guidelines for gatherings, which means we cannot rule out virus-related cancellations.  We have instituted a flexible change policy in case you or we need to postpone. Masks are required.

About CBLP: CBLP is a voluntary, regional credential for professionals who design, install, and maintain sustainable landscapes in the Bay watershed.  Visit for information, and to apply. CBLP offers two levels of training:  Level 1 is a baseline certification in design, installation, and maintenance of sustainable landscapes, emphasizing proper management 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. We focus on the unique ecology and regulatory environment of the Bay region, but all are welcome to attend. CBLP course attendees may earn continuing education credits from numerous professional organizations including ASLA, APLD, MNLGA, PLNA, VNLA, VSLD, VA DEQ SWM/ESC Inspectors and VA UNM. A searchable, online directory of certified professionals is available at

Level 1 candidates must have a degree, certificate, or certification in a related field, or have professional experience. To qualify for Level 2, professionals must complete Level 1 and demonstrate experience designing or installing stormwater BMPs. CBLP has certified 623 Level 1, and 81 Level 2 professionals.

Contact: Katie Pinkham at