How do I become a Master Gardener Volunteer?
Applications are accepted annually from August 1 to October 1. Apply by completing one of the following:
Fillable pdf application (download, complete, save and return to us)
Print and complete application (download, complete and return to us via snail mail.)
There is a fee of $320.00 for Core Course publications, materials and background check; regular tuition fees are not charged. Scholarships are available.
During the first year, Master Gardener Interns are required to donate 50 hours of volunteer service and complete 12 additional hours of continuing education over and above the core course. After the first year, 25 volunteer hours plus 12 continuing education hours are required annually to maintain certified Master Gardener status.
What are the certification requirements to become a Master Gardener Volunteer?
After being accepted into the Master Gardener program, a volunteer becomes an Intern and completes 48 hours of Core Course horticultural education taught by University of Minnesota staff. Topics covered in the Core Training include:
- Plant Pathology
- Landscape, Lawn Care
Gardening with Wildlife
After completing the Core Course training, Interns need an additional 12 hours of continuing education and 50 hours of volunteer service to become Certified Master Gardeners. To remain certified, Master Gardener Volunteers complete 12 hours of continuing education and 25 hours of volunteer service each year.