Get Certified

Level 1 training will be held June-September 2018, with exams given July – October.

 You may apply for certification and then signup for classes once your application is approved.

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

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-day class, access to our online webinar series, and a written exam.  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, Such As:

  • Agriculture
  • Engineering
  • Environmental or soil science
  • Forestry
  • Horticulture or plant science
  • Landscape architecture
  • Design
  • Planning

3. A Professional Certification Which Requires Continuing Education to Maintain the Credential, Such As:

  • Arboristry
  • Green infrastructure or low impact development (LID) practices
  • Grounds management
  • Horticulture
  • Integrated pest management (IPM) or licensed pesticide application
  • Landscape design
  • Landscape technology
  • Nutrient management (fertilizer) planning


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.


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 Two-Day Training Class

Required Written Exam

Level 2

Level 2 is an advanced credential for experienced Professionals, in design or installation of conservation landscapes. An emphasis is put on the small-scale stormwater retrofits also known as residential stewardship practices.

Certification candidates for Level 2 must have a Level 1 certification and must demonstrate previous experience in design and/or installation of sustainable landscapes.


3-day Intensive Seminar – Level 2 candidates must hold the Level 1 credential, provide verification of experience designing or installing stormwater practices, and then complete the required 3-Day Intensive Seminar.

Level 2 Study Guide – This study guide provides an outline of content that will be covered on the Level 2 Intensive Seminar. Download this free PDF to prepare.