Chesapeake Bay Landscape Professional Certification (CBLP)

Registration Open for Pilot!

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We are delighted to announce the new CBLP website, cblpro.org. Visit cblpro.org to learn more about training opportunities, fees. and how to get certified.

Mission

To develop a voluntary, regional, advanced credentialing system and network of sustainable landscaping professionals.

Vision

A Chesapeake Bay watershed in which consistently-trained landscape professionals design, install, and maintain small-scale stormwater retrofits and conservation landscapes that meet state and local goals to reduce stormwater runoff, sediment and nutrients, while benefiting residents and wildlife.

Program Details & Timeline

The CBLP program will offer a two-tiered credential: Level 1 is a baseline certification in design, installation, and maintenance and Level 2 will provide advanced credentials to experienced design and installation professionals. CBLP will work with established training partners across the region to provide high-quality training to certification candidates. CBLP candidates will be able to design a training program to meet their individual needs. The certification pilot will be held September 2016-January 2017 in Maryland, Virginia and the District of Columbia:

  • September – Level 1 Webinar series launch
  • October/November – Level 1 training events (Review Workshops and Maintenance Practicums)
  • December – Level 1 exams
  • January – Level 2 Intensive Seminar

The program will be expanded across the Bay watershed later in 2017.

See below slides for a simple overview of Levels 1 & 2 as well we a tentative strategy for the pilot.

CBLP-Level-1-Overview
CBLP-Level-2-Overview
CBLP-Pilot-Strategy

CBLP coordinators are working now with an independent Steering Committee and group of technical experts to develop the administrative framework and content materials for the program.

Overview

Through the certification, contractors will be trained to design conservation-friendly landscapes, like rain gardens.

Through the certification, contractors will be trained to design conservation-friendly landscapes, like rain gardens.

Across the Chesapeake Bay region, as local governments and developers look to meet stormwater regulations, and municipalities recognize a growing need to retrofit existing stormwater Best Management Practices (BMPs) on private property, there is an increased demand for professionals trained in sustainable landscaping practices. When designed, installed, and maintained properly, techniques such as rain gardens, bio-retention, native plantings, and bioswales are effective in reducing pollution originating from private property.

Local interest in these landscaping techniques has resulted in a wide range of design, construction, and maintenance approaches applied across the Bay watershed. Without a consistent set of standards, accurate measurement of the pollutant load reduction from these practices is impossible. Localities, non-profits, and property owners need qualified professionals to implement these practices; without a central certification program many have independently struggled to develop and train the landscape community practice by practice. The result has been duplication of efforts, a lack of set standards and many failed projects.

Chesapeake Conservation Landscaping Council and partners, UMD Sea Grant Extension, Wetlands Watch, and Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries Habitat Partners (collectively the CBLP Consortium) are developing a new comprehensive credentialing system: the Chesapeake Bay Landscape Professional (CBLP) Certification Program. CBLP will formalize a set of sustainable landscaping standards and ensure that thoroughly trained landscaping professionals will have the skills and expertise to design, install, and maintain small scale conservation landscaping practices for efficient nutrient and sediment removal. A CBLP online database will serve as a resource for property owners seeking qualified professionals and will provide a means for CBLPs to access and track high quality continuing education.

If you are interested in partnering with us or in obtaining this new credential, or if you would like to receive more information, contact Beth Ginter at beth@chesapeakelandscape.org.


News Tagged with #CBLP

The Importance of Maintenance: An Interview with Cheryl Corson

The new Chesapeake Bay Landscape Professional Certification Program is working to educate landscape professionals on conservation landscaping, stormwater management, and how to maintain projects for long-term success. One of the study materials is the newly developed, “CBLP Sustainable Landscapes Maintenance Manual” written by Cheryl Corson. This manual provides a condensed review of the most important landscape maintenance considerations. Cheryl was recently interviewed about her experience and the need for this manual.

Cheryl Corson, RLA, ASLA, is a landscape architect and writer in private practice in the greater D.C. metro area. She also instructs landscape architecture licensure candidates in preparing for the design, stormwater management, and construction sections of the LARE exam. Cheryl holds a bachelor’s degree in Public Administration, and received her master’s degree in Landscape Architecture from the Harvard Graduate School of Design.

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The Insider’s Guide to Assessing SITES Viability

Tentative or unsure how to assess a new project’s SITES viability? Let two experts of the SITES process give you the necessary tools to take that first step: will this project qualify? Included in this webinar will be a quick review of the SITES sections, as well as the prerequisites and credits and their viability to a project. What are some of the major challenges you might face? Where have other project managers stumbled when sizing up a project for SITES? Review with the experts the important tools and resources you need to get started.

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New Landscape Professional Certification Introduced

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 emphasizes stormwater retrofit best practices and conservation landscaping with native plants to benefit the environment.

The initial Pilot of the training and exam for this new CBLP credential begins this autumn 2016, at locations in Maryland, Virginia, and Washington, D.C.  CBLP will offer two levels of training and 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 2 is an advanced credential for professionals experienced in design or installation of conservation landscapes with emphasis on small, residential-scale stormwater retrofit best practices.

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CBLP Open Forum Meeting in Columbia, MD

Please join us by participating in an Open Forum meeting on the Chesapeake Bay Landscape Professional (CBLP) initiative in Columbia, MD on July 28th.

The Forum will expand on our efforts to develop and pilot a Bay-wide credentialing system and network of consistently trained, experienced, and respected conservation landscape practitioners with the enhanced skills, knowledge and motivation to properly design, install and maintain conservation landscaping best practices for a healthier Chesapeake Bay Watershed.

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CBLP Open Forum Meeting in Baltimore, MD

Please join us by participating in an Open Forum meeting on the Chesapeake Bay Landscape Professional (CBLP) initiative in Baltimore, MD on August 3rd.

The Forum will expand on our efforts to develop and pilot a Bay-wide credentialing system and network of consistently trained, experienced, and respected conservation landscape practitioners with the enhanced skills, knowledge and motivation to properly design, install and maintain conservation landscaping best practices for a healthier Chesapeake Bay Watershed.

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Chesapeake Bay Landscape Professional Open-Forum

Announcing an open-forum meeting April 14 to inform the Chesapeake Bay Landscape Professional (CBLP) initiative which will develop and pilot a Bay-wide credentialing system and network of consistently trained, experienced, and respected conservation landscape practitioners with the enhanced skills, knowledge and motivation to properly design, install and maintain conservation landscaping best practices for a healthier Chesapeake Bay Watershed.

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Register for February CBLP Development Working Meetings (VA)

Registration is now open for the February Chesapeake Bay Landscape Professional Certification development working meetings of the Virginia partners. Meetings are Feb 17, 20 & 23 throughout Virginia and open to experienced individuals seeking to offer input.

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Seeking Chesapeake Bay Landscape Professional Certification Coordinator

Sorry, this position is closed.

As local governments and developers look to meet Total Maximum Daily Loads (TMDLs) and new Environmental Site Design (ESD) regulations, there is an increased demand for individuals and firms trained in proper conservation landscaping practices.

Chesapeake Conservation Landscaping Council and partners are developing a new comprehensive training and certification program: the Chesapeake Bay Landscape Professional (CBLP) Certification Program that will formalize a set of conservation landscaping standards and create a thoroughly trained workforce of landscaping professionals. We are now hiring to fill the program coordinator position…

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Funding Received for Landscape Professional Certification!

CCLC is pleased and excited to announce that our Chesapeake Bay Landscape Professional Certification Initiative has received funding from the National Fish and Wildlife Foundatio. With this grant, we will develop and pilot the certification in Maryland and Virginia while partnering with Wetlands Watch, Virginia DGIF and University of Maryland Sea Grant Extension. Once the piloting is complete, the goal is to expand the certification Bay-wide and statewide, with a self-financing, market driven certification program managed and administered by a Consortium.

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Chesapeake Bay Landscape Professional Certification Program

Chesapeake Bay Landscape Professional Certification will provide a standardized evaluation of the skills and knowledge of landscape contractors and a reliable marketing tool for qualified professionals.

View the presentation to learn more about this exciting initiative of Chesapeake Conservation Landscaping Council and University of Maryland Sea Grant Extension.

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Steering Committee

  • Beth Ginter
    CBLP Lead Coordinator
  • Shereen Hughes
    CBLP Virginia Coordinator
  • Carole Barth
    Prince George's County DoE
  • Shawn Cummings
    Greenskeeper Landscaping
  • Steve Dubik
    Montgomery College
  • Suzanne Etgen
    Anne Arundel Watershed Stewards Academy
  • Laurie Fox
    Virginia Tech AREC
  • Carol Heiser
    Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries Habitat Partners
  • Leslie Hunter-Cario
    Chesapeake Horticultural Services
  • Christin Jolicoeur
    Arlington County Department of Environmental Services
  • Jeff Potter
    J&G Landscape Design
  • Lesley Riddle
    City of Hyattsville
  • Amanda Rockler
    University of Maryland Extension
  • Pamela Rowe
    Montgomery County Department of Environmental Protection
  • Bradley Thompson
    Community College of Baltimore County