University of Maryland Extension

New Regional Certification for Landscape Professionals Coming Soon

Registration for the Chesapeake Bay Landscape Professional (CBLP) certification pilot program will open via our website, cblpro.org, in early September.

This Bay-wide certification for professionals who design, install, and maintain sustainable landscapes and small scale stormwater practices will be piloted in Virginia, Maryland and DC October 2016 – January 2017. CBLP will expand across the region in 2017.  CBLP is being developed by a Consortium of partners: Chesapeake Conservation Landscaping Council, University of Maryland Extension/ Maryland Sea Grant, Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries Habitat Partners, and Wetlands Watch, with guidance from technical experts, including local governments, watershed groups, educational institutions and trade organizations.

Across the Bay watershed, local governments, non-governmental organizations and neighborhoods are asking land owners and landscapers to increase the use of the small, residential-scale stewardship practices for a healthier Chesapeake Bay.  When designed, installed and maintained properly, small-scale BMP’s (best management practices) such as rain gardens, bioswales, permeable hardscapes, tree, buffers and other native plantings, rainwater harvesting are effective in reducing stormwater runoff and pollution originating from a property while also supporting biodiversity and habitat restoration. The CBLP credential will help connect consistently trained professionals with potential employers and clients, and ultimately ensure that these practices function properly, in order to meet runoff, sediment and nutrient reduction goals.

In return for discounted fees during the initial pilot, all CBLP candidates are asked to provide substantive feedback regarding the credential content and process.

For more information about certification requirements, the pilot training calendar, and fees, visit cblpro.org

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