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Master Gardeners Classifications

1. Trainee – Master Gardener (MG) status while in the MG course. 

  • Trainees may begin volunteering in the demonstration gardens or greenhouse

  • Trainees must first receive demonstration garden orientation before volunteering.

  • This can occur by contacting a Demonstration Garden lead to receive orientation.


2. Intern – MG status after successfully completing the classroom/online MG course, until completion of initial volunteer hour commitment. 

Intern Volunteer Commitment (30 Volunteer Hours):

  • 20 in the Demonstration gardens, or greenhouse (for plant sale), or horticultural support (Hort Line) which are on-site at the extension center (In any combination of these 3 projects)


  • 10 hours on other projects  Examples: Plant Sale, MG Meetings (i.e.: monthly MG general membership, MG Committees), volunteer hours on approved gardens in community, or in the Demonstration Gardens at the extension center (in any combination of these projects)

    • Intern must record hours and notify Membership committee when initial volunteer hours are completed.Membership will then review and confirm.

    • Education hours are not required, and do count toward the initial volunteer hour commitment


3.  Certified – MG status after completing and documenting the initial 30 volunteer hours. 

  • MG Badge is earned.


4. Active - Must meet the Master Gardener annual commitment.

Prerequisite: :  Certified MG

  • Required in the year following earned MG Certified Classification

  • Optionally, may be earned in the year certified

  • This is an annual requirement for all certified Master Gardeners to maintain their active status

Master Gardener annual commitment:

  • 20 Volunteer Hours (minimal) - with a minimum of 5 hors in the demonstration gardens, greenhouse or Hortline

  • 6 Education Hours (minimal)

The education hour requirement may be reduced depending on the MG’s

total annual volunteer hours.  See our website for details on Continuing Education on

the About Us menu on our MG.


5. Inactive - A certified/Active MG who did not meet their annual required hours; can be reinstated to Active classification in following year by meeting the Active Volunteer required hours.  Inactive MGs are still considered certified.


6. Advanced -  Optional

See our website for Advanced Master Gardener criteria found under the About Us menu for requirements.


7. Emeritus – An individual who has been an Active Master Gardener for a total of 10 years will be granted emeritus status upon request to the Master Gardener Leadership Team (Steering Committee).

  • Emeritus status must be requested:   Send an email to the membership coordinator and the Master Gardener Leadership Team (Steering Committee).The membership coordinator will research the membership records and provide the information for the Steering Committee review and evaluation of the Emeritus request at the next Steering Committee meeting.

  • Master Gardeners Emeritus shall receive all benefits of membership and are encouraged to participate in Master Gardener programs. While there are no minimum service requirements, all volunteer hours should be reported using the reporting system.

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