In FY20, the CWP created the Emerging Landscapers Program (ELP) to expand the pool of qualified landscaping firms. The ELP will develop firms’ skill levels in BMP installation and maintenance so they can compete for work and increase their participation by leading and filling significant roles for the CWP.

The four program components that provide the framework of the ELP include:

  • Supportive Services
  • Classroom Training
  • Field Training
  • Business Coaching

All ELP firms are required to complete the following:

  • Two day Chesapeake Bay Landscape Professionals Program certification training and exam
  • CWP Safety Toolbox Training
  • CWP Green Infrastructure Maintenance Training
  • MDE Responsible Personnel Certification

The inaugural cohort of ELP firms includes the following: