Become A MG

Requirements for Certification

Level 1 Training:

Minimum of 36 hours of in-depth classroom training on a variety of horticulture topics including botany, soils, pest management, entomology, plant pathology, weeds, and much more. This 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 aquire additional information and resources in order to answer questions.

To become certified, you must:

  • Complete a background check
  • Complete the minimum 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 of training (higher requirements may be imposed locally).

At the completion of all the above requirements, you may receive an official Master Gardener Volunteer certificate and are eligible to order a name badge.


Recertification is required annually to remain a certified Master Gardener Volunteer in good standing.  In order to maintain certification, every Master Gardener Volunteer must complete the minimum of 24 hours of volunteer service AND 10 hours of Continuing Education annually.

Continuing Education

Continuing educaton (CE or professional development) is a way for Master Gardener Volunteers to learn more after general training and keep up with the latest horticultural information.

Policies on what counts as CE vary.  Check with Ken Cleveland, UW Agricultural Agent, who determines what is acceptable in our county.

Once You are a Member

ACMGA dues are $10.00 per person and are used to cover expenses and support the activities and programs of the Association.  Dues are to be paid to the ACMGA Treasurer at the annual meeting of each year.

Other benefits to you as a member include:

  • Informative bi-monthly newsletter.
  • Opportunity to be a member in Wisconsin Master Gardener Association (WIMGA)*
  • Opportunities for continuing education.
  • Coordinated community service projects
  • Interaction with other Master Gardeners throughout the state.
  • Sponsored garden tours May through September.

*  Individuals may join the Wisconsin Master Gardener Associatin (WIMGA) on their own, but it is preferable to join through our local association.   Participants in MG training offered through the MG Program Office automatically become members of the WIMGA for the remainder of the calendar year because the registration fee includes dues.  After that year, dues must be paid to remain a member.

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