Chesapeake Bay Landscape Professional Certification Program

The Chesapeake Bay Landscape Professional (CBLP) Certification Program is a voluntary credential for professionals who design, install and maintain sustainable landscapes in the Chesapeake Bay watershed. The goal of the certification program is to certify professionals throughout the watershed who can maintain conservation landscapes that help reduce stormwater runoff, in turn benefiting local residents and ecosystems.

Professionals eligible for certification include:

  • Arborists and Foresters
  • Engineers
  • Green Infrastructure, Low Impact Development (LID), Stormwater Professionals
  • Grounds Managers
  • Integrated pest management (IPM) technicians or licensed pesticide applicators
  • Landscape architects and designers
  • Horticulturists, Landscape contractors and technicians
  • Nutrient management (fertilizer) planners or certified applicators
  • Soil and Environmental Scientists
  • Urban Planners

There are two levels of certification available. Level one provides a baseline credential in the design, installation and maintenance of sustainable landscapes, with a focus on stormwater management. Level two - an advanced credential for professionals who already have a level one certification - emphasizes small-scale stormwater retrofits.

Developing the CBLP program was an action item from the February 2013 Collaborative Summit on Protecting Water Quality. It has been implemented by the Chesapeake Conservation Landscaping Council, Sea Grant Maryland, the University of Maryland Extension, the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries, Virginia Habitat Partners and Wetlands Watch.

Publication Date: 2017

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