Are you a contractor that works at the lake’s edge? Do you want to know more about controlling erosion effectively without having to use seawalls? Through the Certified Natural Shoreline Professional training you can learn new information and skills to implement bio-engineered erosion control practices.

Benefits of becoming a MI CNSP

  • Michigan Certified Natural Shoreline Professional identifies you as a 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.
  • Your name and contact information will be posted on the Michigan Natural Shoreline Partnership website for people to search for a potential contractor.

The Michigan Natural Shoreline Partnership (MNSP) is pleased to offer the 2019 Michigan Certified Natural Shoreline Professional Training and Certification Program.

Classroom Training: March 5th and 6th (East Lansing)
Exam/Field Training: June 5th (Paw Paw, MI)
Cost: $375 per persion (includes two days of classroom instruction, lunches, reference manual, exam, and the one-day hands-on field exercise.
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Two days of classroom instruction and a one-day field exercise designed to equip landscape, marine, and natural resource professional to design, implement, and maintain natural shoreline landscapes on inland lakes.

►Classroom instruction includes topics on:

◊ Michigan lakes and problems with shoreline development
◊ Characteristics and benefits of natural shorelines
◊ Shoreline ecosystems, soils, and native plants
◊ Methods, techniques, and design of bioengineered shoreline erosion control
◊ Designing, monitoring, and maintaining a natural shoreline landscape
◊ Natural shoreline case studies
◊ Water law and shoreline development permits

►One-day field exercise installing a natural shoreline landscape on an inland lake property (scheduled for June 5 in Paw Paw, MI)

Certification: To become a Certified Natural Shoreline Professional you must complete the in-class instruction and field exercise and pass the certification exam to obtain initial certification. Certification is valid for three years. After three years there is a re-certification fee.

Please note that the East Lansing course is the only CNSP course being offered in 2019. If you have questions about the program, please contact: Amy Frankmann at (517) 381-0437 or