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.

2018 Class Information

Registration opens on Friday, August 3rd and will close on Friday, August 17th. Please download the 2018 registration packet for details about the class and how to register. If you want to register for the class, print the registration form, fill it out and follow the instructions for delivering the form and your payment in person or by mail to the Milwaukee County UW-Extension.
Class Location:
Boerner Botanical Gardens, 9400 Boerner Drive, Hales Corners
Monday evenings from 5:30 – 8:30 pm
September 10, 17, 24
October 1, 8, 15, 22, 29
November 5, 12, 19, 26
December 3
Directions to Boerner Botanical Gardens
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

We are looking forward to welcoming a new “crop” of Master Gardener Volunteers In Training!