Requirements for Certification as a Master Gardener Volunteer

Training is required to become a Master Gardener.  Individuals wanting to become a Wisconsin Master Gardener should participate in a learning opportunity from the Wisconsin Extension Horticulture Program such as a county-based in-person course (limited availability) or sign up for our statewide online Growing and Caring for Plants in Wisconsin: Foundations in Gardening and then must complete the online Master Gardener Onboarding course.

Master Gardener Program Onboarding

Participating in the Master Gardener Program Onboarding course fulfills the requirements of joining the Extension Master Gardener Program in Wisconsin.

MG Onboarding course participants:

  1. Receive an orientation to the Wisconsin Extension Master Gardener Program, and the University of Wisconsin-Madison Division of Extension.
  2. Learn the program requirements to be a Wisconsin Extension Master Gardener.
  3. Demonstrate basic knowledge of horticulture with the open book entrance exam.

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