How to Become a Master Gardener

To become certified as a Master Gardener Volunteer, individuals must complete the Level 1 Training course, pass the Level 1 exam, and complete and report a minimum of 24 hours of approved volunteer service. To maintain certification, at least 10 hours of continuing education and 24 hours of volunteer service must be completed annually.


2019 Level 1 Training Information

Registration for the Master Gardener Level 1 training in Milwaukee and Waukesha Counties is now open.

Level 1 Training Brochure + Registration Form

Deadline: 4:30pm, August 9, 2019 (must be received by)
Applications are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. Please mail or deliver your registration form + two checks (one addressed to “UW Madison Extension” for $219 and one addressed to “SEWMG” for $10) to:

MGV Training
Extension Milwaukee County
6737 W Washington St, Suite 2202
West Allis, WI 53214

Dates and locations:

Waukesha County location: Fox Brook Park (2925 N Barker Road, Brookfield, WI)
Mondays, 1-4pm
September 9 – December 2

Milwaukee County location: 6737 W Washington St., West Allis, WI
Wednesdays, 5:30-8:30 PM
September 4 – December 4
(no class on November 20)


Course fee: $219
Annual dues to SouthEast Wisconsin Master Gardeners (SEWMG): $10

Scholarships for those with financial need:

A limited number of scholarships are available for applicants with financial need, funded in part by SouthEast Wisconsin Master Gardeners (SEWMG), the association of Master Gardeners serving Milwaukee and Waukesha counties

•   Scholarships are for $194. Applicants are asked to pay the remaining $25 + $10 SEWMG annual dues
•   You do not need to submit any checks with your registration if you are applying for a scholarship
•   Scholarship applications must be received by August 9, 2019
•   If you are not awarded a scholarship, you will still have the opportunity to attend at full price
•   Contact Caitlin Sprague at or (414) 615-0518 with questions

Complete the Scholarship Application and send it along with your registration form (in the brochure) to:

MGV Training
Extension Milwaukee County
6737 W Washington St, Suite 2202
West Allis, WI 53214

About the Criminal Background Check (CBC):
All UW-Madison Extension volunteers are required to complete a criminal background check, which requires sharing your SSN. This is due to our work with children, the elderly, and other vulnerable populations. You can review our CBC procedure here.

  • Will you accept a Tax ID Number (TIN)?
  • What would disqualify me?
    We handle CBCs on a case-by-case basis; however, the leading cause of disqualification is violence against a minor

Please contact Laura Herzog at or 414-615-0517 for any questions about the Level 1 Training. She is available Tuesdays and Wednesdays.


Visit the Wisconsin Master Gardener website for other training locations in Wisconsin.

Master Gardener Volunteer Level 1 Training is held September through December each year. For more information call 414-615-0518 or email