10 Steps to Certification

Step 1: Marina contacts a Michigan Clean Marina representative.

Step 2: Sign the Clean Marina Pledge and Register for Clean Marina Certification.

Step 3a: Attend a Clean Marina workshop to learn more about the program, certification process, and get guidance for completing the  certification checklist. (Appropriate for new pledged marinas and new marina operators/managers).

Step 3b: Complete a marina self-evaluation using the fillable Certification Checklist and hotlinks to the Clean Marina Resource Guide (formerly the CM online Classroom)

 Step 4 (INTERIM STEP): Send a copy of completed certification checklist to the Michigan Boating Industries Association and schedule an informal site visit with a Clean Marina certification specialists. 

Step 4 (COMING IN APRIL 2020): Submit certification checklist via the Clean Marina Program Management System. Marinas will be able to upload their complete certification checklist online through a Marina Member Profile page. Marinas will automatically be connected to a Clean Marina Specialist to schedule an informal site visit. 

Step 5: Incorporate Recommended Best Management Practices (BMPs) from CM certification specialist

Step 6: Submit compiled certification checklist, photos, and supplemental forms with the support of the CM certification specialist, to the Clean Marina Operations Committee for review. 

Step 7: Recommended for Certified Clean Marina status, after review, by the CM Operations Committee. The Clean Marina Foundation reviews the recommendation and approves certification.  

Step 8: Schedule final site visit to receive Clean Marina flag, certificate, and welcome kit and to celebrate with staff and boaters!

Step 9: Promote Clean Marina status using marketing materials in welcome kit. 

Step 10: Mark your calendar for recertification at third year anniversary then every five years. 

  • 10 Steps to become a Clean Marina (PDF)

Learn more about the Clean Marina Classroom.