Michigan Certified Natural Shoreline Professional Training and Certification Program

March 12, 2024 - March 13, 2024

Contact: Bindu Bhakta , Erick Elgin

The Michigan Natural Shoreline Partnership is pleased to offer the 2024 Michigan Certified Natural Shoreline Professional Training and Certification Program. This training is for professional landscape, natural resource, and marine contractors to design, implement and maintain natural shoreline landscapes on inland lakes. 


Two days of in-class instruction: March 12 - March 13, 2024

One field day: June 12, 2024

Time: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. each day



Stony Creek Metropark Nature Center

4300 Main Park Rd, Shelby Township MI 48316


Registration includes:

  • Two days of classroom sessions on March 12 and 13, 2024 at Stony Creek Metropark, Shelby Township, MI
  • One day in the field for natural shoreline installation on June 12, 2024 at Stony Creek Metropark  
  • An online certification exam
  • A natural shoreline manual
  • Lunch, snacks, and park entry frees are included each day of the program

Certification: Participants must complete both the two-day classroom training (March 12-13), pass the exam, and participate in the hands-on field day (June 12) to become certified. Certification is valid for three years. Recertification requires a recertification fee.

Benefits of becoming an MCNSP:

  • Michigan Certified Natural Shoreline Professional identifies you as professional trained in the use of "green" landscaping technologies and bioengineered erosion control for the protection of Michigan inland lakes. MCNSP is approved by the Michigan Natural Shoreline Partnership and recognized by the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy.
  • Your name and contact information can be posted on the Michigan Natural Shoreline Partnership website for clients to locate a certified contractor.
  • You will receive in-depth training on the State of Michigan's permit requirements and process for soft shoreline construction.

Cost: $395

Seating is limited to 30 participants. Deadline to register is March 1, 2024.


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