How to become a certified master gardener
- 36 hours of Level 1 Basic Master Gardeners' education classes which includes the videos and the interactive portion of classroom training.
- Complete written take home test, proof of mandatory reporter training session and 24 hours of volunteer time within one year of class.
- Online Training videos for Level 1: http://blogs.ces.uwex.edu/mgvlevel1/
- Enroll and complete Level 1 training. We are currently accepting applications for the 2018 program. Call our local Extension office (608-723-2125) and we can add your name to the list for the next class. Our program has continued to be a premier community service-learning program connecting America’s foremost pastime, gardening, with volunteer opportunities in the area we live.
- Level 1 training is a minimum of 36 hours of in-depth training on a variety of horticulture topics including botany, soils, pest management, entomology, plant pathology, weeds, and much more. It is intended to provide a basic understanding of horticultural concepts necessary to complete the volunteer service required for certification, as well as learning where to acquire additional information and resources in order to answer questions. The training is offered through the MG Program Office and Grant County UW Extension Office.
- The MG Program Office has a new program delivery method emphasizing flexibility and uniformity, with several options for offering training. It will incorporate a flipped classroom option with the manual and online videos for outside the class preparation by the students; activities and discussion for in class work.
- The cost varies from $80-110 and is determined at enrollment at Grant County.
- Benefits of being a Master Gardener Volunteer.
- Steps for applying for training in Grant County. Go to http://grant.uwex.edu/agriculture/becoming-a-master-gardener/steps-to-become-a-master-gardener/
- Visit the Wisconsin Master Gardener web site at http://wimastergardener.org/ for more information about the programs.
MGVs are required to complete a minimum of 24 hours of volunteer service in one or more locally approved projects annually and a minimum of 10 hours of continuing education after the first year in order to be certified. We are in the process of reporting hours online, but in the meantime, please use the paper forms until the online process is active.