Advanced Training Certificates

Only those classes that are coordinated and offered through the State Master Gardener office can be identified as "Advanced Training" and therefore count towards Advanced Training Certificates.

All other approved continuing education opportunities can count towards the 10 hours required each year, but will not be evaluated and tracked by the Advanced Training Coordinator. 

If you have a question about whether a particular continuing education opportunity is approved, please contact your Master Gardener County/City Coordinator.

Certificates

Landscape Design for Water Management Certification
Requirements: 18 hours class time and 5 hours of volunteer work in landscape design for water management

  • Attendance in the Landscape Design for Water Management class (18 hours)
  • 5 hours of volunteer work in landscape design for water management

Master Composter Certification
Requirements: 13 hours class time and 10 hours of volunteer work on composting

  • Attendance in the Master Composter class (13 hours total)
  • Completed class project
  • 10 hours of volunteer work in composting

Native Plants Certification
Requirements: 54 hours of Native Plant classes and 10 hours of volunteer work on native plants

  • Native Plant Essentials: either in-person or online (This is equivalent to 6-7 hours and is a prerequisite for most all other Native Plant classes.)
  • Landscaping with Native Plants - for shade; multi-day course in either Piedmont or Coastal Plain *OR* 18 hours of any other combination of Native Plant Advanced Training classes taught by Dr. Tangren
  • Landscaping with Native Plants- for sun; multi-day course in either Piedmont or Coastal Plain *OR* 18 hours of any other combination of Native Plant Advanced Training classes taught by Dr. Tangren
  • 2 additional one-day classes (6 hours each) of your choice (grasses, Basic Tree ID, Seed-Collecting, etc.) *OR* one other multi-day course that equates to 12 hours
  • 10 hours of volunteer work in the field of native plants

Plant Diagnostics Certification
Requirements: 33-39 hours class time (4 specific classes)

  • (Ornamental) Plant Diseases (5-6 hours) or Vegetable Plant and Pest Diagnostics (7 hours)
  • Entomology-Ecological IPM (12 hours)
  • Ask an MG Practicum (6-12 hours)
  • Plant ID/Taxonomy (9 hours)

Vegetable Gardening Certification
Requirements: 35 hours of Vegetable Gardening classes (examples are listed below)

  • Better Yields through Better Soils (7 hours)
  • Community Garden Training for MGs (6 hours)
  • Fruit Pruning and Grafting Demo (3 hours)
  • GIEI Train the Trainer (3 hours)
  • Intensive Techniques and Small Space Gardening (7 hours)
  • Organic Vegetable Gardening (7 hours)
  • School Gardens: Living Educational Spaces (6 hours)
  • Vegetable Plant and Pest Diagnostics (7 hours)
  • Vegetable Plant and Pest Diagnostic Walk (2 hours)
  • What can MGs Learn from Terp Farm? (3 hours)
  • Youth Vegetable Gardening (7 hours)
  • Youth Gardening and Education (3 hours)

Woody Plants Certification
Requirements: 45 hours class time (5 specific classes)

  • Plant ID/Taxonomy (9 hours)
    • Note: It is recommended (though not required) that students take the Plant ID/Taxonomy course before taking the 200 Common Landscape Plants of Maryland classes. For a review of similar information, please read the Botany chapter (pages 21-42) in the Maryland Master Gardener handbook.
  • All of the 200 Common Landscape Plants of Maryland classes:
    • Shade Trees (9 hours)
    • Ornamental Trees and Vines (9 hours)
    • Flowering Shrubs (9 hours)
    • Evergreen Trees and Shrubs (9 hours)

To receive a certificate, a Master Gardener must have attended at least 75% of the required classes, and also completed any of the assigned coursework.

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