You may apply online anytime for Level 1 certification.
Once your application is approved, you will be able to choose training dates and pay online, beginning in early April.

Launching 2017 in Virginia, Maryland, Pennsylvania, and the District of Columbia

Chesapeake Bay Landscape Professional (CBLP) Program is a system of certification materials and training that will create a network of certified professionals who will be better stormwater partners and environmental stewards.

Our 2016 pilot program certified 113 Level 1 professionals, and 21 Level 2 advanced design and installation professionals. To find a certified professional, explore our searchable directory.

Our next cycle of training for Level 1 will be held in spring – summer 2017 in Maryland, Pennsylvania, and Virginia.

The certification will eventually be available across the Bay Watershed.

What is the Certification?

The Chesapeake Bay Landscape Professional (CBLP) Certification is a new, voluntary credential system for professionals who design, install, and maintain sustainable landscapes.

The credential training and examination are based on a core set of standards in sustainable landscaping emphasizing stormwater retrofit best practices and conservation landscaping with native plants to benefit the environment.

Butterfly credit: Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay

Why You Need it

Across the six states and District of Columbia in Bay watersheds, local governments, non-governmental organizations and neighborhoods are asking land owners and landscapers to increase the use of these small, residential-scale practices for a healthier Chesapeake Bay.

Gaining the CBLP credential will help you connect with potential employers, and ultimately ensure that these practices function properly, in order to meet runoff, sediment and nutrient reduction goals.

How to get certified

CBLP offers two levels of certification, with training options based on your knowledge and experience.

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