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 during their first year in the program. You can learn more about the training on the separate Training Page.  To maintain certification, at least 10 hours of continuing education and 24 hours of volunteer service must be completed annually.

As a member of SouthEast Wisconsin Master Gardeners, you will volunteer with Waukesha County and Milwaukee County UW-Extension educational programs in horticulture and community service. Visit the Wisconsin Master Gardener website for other Wisconsin training locations.

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

2017 Class Information

Please note that registration is closed.
Locations for 2017 training:
Waukesha County Location:
Waukesha County Courthouse
515 West Moreland Boulevard, Waukesha WI 53188
Wednesday evenings from 5:30pm  –  8:30pm
September 13, 20, 27
October 4, 11, 18, 25
November 1, 8, 15, 29 (no class Nov. 22 – Thanksgiving break)
December 6, 13
Milwaukee County Location:
Boerner Botanical Gardens, 9400 Boerner Drive, Hales Corners
Monday afternoons from 1:00pm  –  4:00pm
September 11, 18, 25
October 2, 9, 16, 23, 30
November 6, 13, 27 (no class Nov. 20 – Thanksgiving break)
December 4, 11
(Note: China Lights event runs from September 22 thru October 29, Tuesdays – Sundays (closed on Mondays)
Fees must be included with your completed registration materials. A limited number of partial scholarships based on need will be available.
  • Course Fee of $199 payable to UWEX includes all classroom materials
  • Association Fee of $60 payable to SEWMG includes a $50 service deposit and $10 dues