Chesapeake Bay Landscape Professional Living Shoreline Training certificate (CBLP-Shorelines)

Living Shorelines for the Coastal Plain

CBLP-Shorelines is a comprehensive series of professional development workshops that prepares existing CBLPs and professionals working along the shoreline to add Living Shoreline Services to their business offerings.
  • Living Shoreline Basics Webinar: Online, December 12, 2022
  • Essential Skills for Living Shorelines: In Person, March 10, 17-18, 2023 (tentative, dates to be finalized in November) plus a Construction Practicum

The workshops are delivered in a hybrid format that combines online and classroom learning with practical field experiences. Instructors are experienced shoreline professionals from the public and private sectors.

Content focuses on foundational knowledge, site assessment, planning and design, permitting, constructing, and maintaining living shorelines projects in low-energy environments that meet Virginia’s General Permit 1 or 2 requirements.

The program development and piloting are in partnership with the Living Shoreline Collaborative, a group of regional and state partners in Virginia, convened by the James River Association (JRA), and funded through a National Fish and Wildlife Foundation grant.

Registration for the first workshop is now open. Living Shoreline Basics can be taken as a standalone course or as a pre-requisite for the second workshop. Complete both workshops plus a living shoreline installation practicum to earn the CBLP-Shorelines certificate.

Space for the March 2023 CBLP-Shorelines workshops is limited to 25 people. Fifteen spaces are reserved for certified CBLPs and shoreline professionals that live and/or work in the Hampton Roads region of Virginia; ten spaces can be filled by participants from outside the region. For the purposes of this pilot, registration preference will be given to those who agree to fulfill all certificate requirements. We are collecting names of interested parties through the webinar registration process and they will have the first opportunity to register for the March 2023 3-day workshop.

CBLPs who attended the April 2022 practicum will receive credit towards the certificate.