Training

Level 1 Training:
In the Milwaukee and Waukesha County program, sessions are held for 13 consecutive weeks from early September through mid-December. In return, participants perform at least 24 hours of volunteer service within their first year. Registration information is located at our Become a Master Gardener page.

Statewide, Level 1 training is a 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 acquire additional information and resources in order to answer questions.

Level 2 Training:

Level 2 Training expands upon Level 1 training with more focused horticultural topics. Level 1 training is a prerequisite for all of these courses. Level 2 Training courses will typically be offered in early spring.

Announcing Level 2 Training, Spring 2017: Trees and Shrubs in Our Landscapes 

Class takes place on 4 Thursday evenings in March at Boerner Botanical Gardens. Attendance is open to certified MGVs, and if space permits, to MGVs-In-Training. The course includes 12 continuing education hours. Read the flyer for more information.

Course Fee: $60

Continuing Education

Continuing education is provided through a wide variety of programs presented by UWEX horticulturists, as well as trips, speakers, and workshops sponsored by the SouthEast Wisconsin Master Gardeners. 10 hours of continuing education and 24 hours of volunteer service are required each year to maintain Master Gardener certification.

See our Events page for more information on upcoming training sessions.

See our Training Materials page for handouts from previous training sessions.