Who should get certified?
We seek to include a broad array of professionals whose work focuses on conservation and sustainable best practices in the landscape.
- Arborists and Foresters
- Green Infrastructure, Low Impact Development (LID), Stormwater Professionals
- Grounds Managers and other maintenance professionals
- Integrated pest management (IPM) technicians or licensed pesticide applicators
- Landscape architects and designers
- Landscape contractors and technicians
- Nutrient management (fertilizer) planners
- Soil and Environmental Scientists
- Urban Planners
- Other Related Professionals
CBLP Offers Two Levels Of Certification:
Level 1 is a baseline credential in design, installation, and maintenance of sustainable landscapes, with emphasis on how to properly maintain stormwater best management practices.
Level 1 consists of a three-day class, access to our online webinar series, and a written exam. Due to Covid-19 the course has been converted to two highly active, shorter sessions via zoom, and one in person, full-day, practicum. The class incorporates interactive classroom instruction on conservation landscaping topics (soils, native plants, habitat, natural communities, and invasive plant management) and stormwater best management practices (BMPs), with a field-based practicum. Level 1 also teaches visual inspection and verification of BMPs.
Candidates seeking certification at this level must have at least one of the following qualifications:
1. Professional Work Experience in Landscaping or Related Field
2. A Degree or Certificate in Related Field of Study
3. A Professional Certification Which Requires Continuing Education to Maintain the Credential
Level 1 Study Guide – This study guide provides an outline of content that will be covered on the Level 1 Exam. Available through a downloadable PDF.
Level 1 Sustainable Landscape Management Manual – Download this free PDF to prepare for the Level 1 Training Class.
The Chesapeake Bay Landscape Professional Level 1 program includes a two-day training class, materials for independent study, and a written exam. Candidates also have access to a series of exam preparation tutorials.
Level 1 Includes:
Online Webinar Series – included in Level 1 registration fee – also available for a fee to those not seeking certification- View full list of webinar options.
Required Training Class, taught over three non-consecutive days, live online and in the field
Required Written Exam
Recertification – CBLP requires recertification every two years. Certified professionals must complete and log 20 Continuing Education Units (CEUS) every two years to maintain their certification.
Level 2 is an advanced credential for professionals experienced in design or installation of conservation landscapes. Participants in the 4-day Level 2 Intensive Seminar complete a residential design/implementation which incorporates vegetation and soil protection, stormwater planning, and using native plant communities as a reference for planting design.
Certification candidates for Level 2 must have a Level 1 certification and must demonstrate previous experience in design and/or installation of sustainable landscapes. Highly experienced professionals may apply to test out of Level 1 and move directly to Level 2. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for information.