Green Infrastructure Certification – Dec. 6-7

The Watershed Institute is collaborating on a two-day Green Infrastructure Certification with the Chesapeake Bay Landscape Professional organization. Qualified candidates must apply and register in advance.

The certification training on Dec. 6-7 is a new, voluntary credential for professionals who design, install, and maintain sustainable landscapes in New Jersey and the surrounding areas. The Watershed Institute and CBLP’s active learning program engages participants to develop critical thinking, problem-solving, and collaborative practice skills.

Continuing education units are available for International Society of Arboriculture, the Association of Professional Landscape Designers and the Pennsylvania Landscape and Nursery Association.

The training consists of a two-day class that combines classroom learning about conservation landscaping (native plants, natural communities, habitat, soils, invasives management) and stormwater best management practices (BMPs), with a field-based maintenance practicum. The class also covers BMP inspection and verification protocols.

Candidates are required to pass a written examination after the class.

Successful passage of the exam results in a baseline certification in the design, installation, and maintenance of sustainable landscapes, emphasizing proper maintenance of stormwater BMPs.

Candidates receive unlimited access to CBLP’s online webinar series on sustainable landscaping topics and a copy of CBLP’s sustainable landscape maintenance manual. Additional resources are available via free download or purchase.

The $450 fee includes training and materials, lunch, webinars, and the certification exam.

To date, CBLP has certified 316 professionals from Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia, West Virginia and the District of Columbia and soon will have certified professionals in New Jersey.

A searchable, online directory of CBLP-certified landscape professionals is available at http://cblpro.org/directory/