The mission of the Chesapeake Bay Landscape Professional (CBLP) Certification program is to develop a voluntary, regional (that is, watershed-wide), advanced credential system and network of sustainable landscaping professionals.
We envision a Chesapeake Bay watershed in which consistently-trained landscape professionals design, install, and maintain small-scale stormwater best practices including conservation landscapes that meet state and local goals to reduce stormwater runoff, sediment, and nutrients, while benefiting residents and ecosystems.
In short, our aim is for certified professionals to produce and maintain landscapes that are attractive and work with nature to perform better for all.
The CBLP Initiative Will:
Develop a core set of standards and outcomes, a study guide, application, and exam for a two-level credential covering design, installation, and maintenance of sustainable landscapes.
Establish minimum qualifications and define a means for demonstrating hands-on experience.
Align the program with existing training and educational partner programs.
Develop a credential assessment process.
Test and measure all of the above through a pilot program.
Build an online database of credentialed CBLPs.
Build name recognition and promote CBLP to landscape professionals, regulatory agencies, and potential partners.
Provide credentials that are stackable with existing certifications and include a re-certification and continuing education process aligned with existing training and certifications.
Organized by a Consortium
Developed by a Steering Committee
Comprised of regional conservation landscaping, habitat, and green infrastructure experts from state and local government, NGOs, funders, Private Industry, and Education
CBLP Lead Coordinator
CBLP Virginia Coordinator
City of Lancaster, PA
Chesapeake Bay Program, US EPA
Anne Arundel Watershed Stewards Academy
Low Impact Development Center
Virginia Tech AREC
Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries Habitat Partners
Chesapeake Horticultural Services
Chesapeake Bay Trust
Arlington County Department of Environmental Services
J&G Landscape Design
University of Maryland Extension
Montgomery County Department of Environmental Protection
Severn Grove Ecological Design
Community College of Baltimore County
Thanks to our Funders!