Chesapeake Bay Landscape Professional Certification (CBLP)

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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

CBLP is a two-tiered credential: Level 1 is a baseline training and certification in design, installation, and maintenance and Level 2 is an advanced credential for experienced design and installation professionals. CBLP works with training partners, expert instructors, and local hosts across the region to provide consistent and high-quality training to certification candidates.

CBLP coordinators worked with an independent Steering Committee and group of technical experts to develop the administrative framework and content materials for the program. The Steering Committee continues to provide ongoing strategic direction and oversight.

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) developed a comprehensive credentialing system: the Chesapeake Bay Landscape Professional (CBLP) Certification Program. CBLP formalizes a set of sustainable landscaping standards to ensure that thoroughly trained landscaping professionals have the skills and expertise to design, install, and maintain conservation landscaping practices for efficient nutrient and sediment removal. CBLP is a conservation-driven program, which incorporates learning about native plants and natural communities, wildlife habitat, soils, and invasive species management. A CBLP online directory https://certified.cblpro.org/ serves as a resource for property owners seeking qualified professionals and provides 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@cblpro.org.


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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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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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Steering Committee

  • Beth Ginter
    CBLP Lead Coordinator
  • Shereen Hughes
    CBLP Virginia Coordinator
  • Kate Austin
    City of Lancaster, PA
  • Jim Edward
    Chesapeake Bay Program, US EPA
  • Suzanne Etgen
    Anne Arundel Watershed Stewards Academy
  • Kelly Fleming
  • Laurie Fox
    Virginia Tech AREC
  • Carol Heiser
    Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries Habitat Partners
  • Jeff Howe
    Windridge Landscaping
  • Leslie Hunter-Cario
    Chesapeake Horticultural Services
  • Abbi Huntzinger
    Chesapeake Bay Trust
  • Christin Jolicoeur
    Arlington County Department of Environmental Services
  • Jeff Potter
    J&G Landscape Design
  • Amanda Rockler
    University of Maryland Extension
  • Pamela Rowe
    Montgomery County Department of Environmental Protection
  • Jason Swope
  • Bradley Thompson
    Community College of Baltimore County