Get Certified

Get Certified

Registration for Level 1
training is now open!
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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
  • Engineers
  • 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
  • Horticulturists
  • Landscape contractors and technicians
  • Nutrient management (fertilizer) planners
  • Soil and Environmental Scientists
  • Urban Planners
  • Other Related Professionals

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CBLP Offers Two Levels Of Certification:

Level 1

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 two- or three-day class, access to our online videos, webinar series, study materials, and a written exam. The course 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. The cost for Level 1 is $475.

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.

View all study materials here.

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

Level 2 is an advanced credential for professionals experienced in design and/or installation of conservation landscapes and green infrastructure. Participants in the Level 2 Intensive Seminar complete a residential design/implementation project which incorporates vegetation and soil protection, stormwater treatment train planning, and using natural 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 for information.

The fee for Level 2 is $580 for one credential or $630 for both.