Requirements for Certification as a Master Gardener Volunteer

To become certified, you must:

  • Complete a background check
  • Complete a minimum of 36 hours of Level 1 training
  • Sign a volunteer agreement
  • Achieve a 70% or better score on the final open-book exam
  • Complete at least 24 hours of volunteer service within one year

Recertification is required annually to remain a Master Gardener Volunteer in good standing.  To be recertified, you must complete 10 hours of continuing education and provide 24 hours of volunteer service.

The following programs offer a sample of the opportunities open to Master Gardener volunteers:

  • Extension demonstration and community gardens
  • Horticultural workshops
  • Local garden clubs
  • Newspaper gardening columns
  • Youth groups such as 4-H, Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, etc.

If you are ready to get involved contact the Chippewa County UW-Extension Office, located in the Chippewa County Courthouse, Room 13, 711 N. Bridge Street, Chippewa Falls, WI 54729 or by calling 715-726-7950, Ext. 5.