Out-of-State Transfers

Extension Master Gardeners (EMGs) who are certified in another state may be admitted to the MSU Extension Master Gardener Program by meeting the following criteria:

  • Active Extension Master Gardeners from USDA plant hardiness zones 7 and lower:
    • Provide written verification and approval from the State Extension Master Gardener coordinator of the previous state of residence.
    • Successfully complete the Volunteer Selection Process.
    • Purchase the MSU Extension Master Gardener Manual.
    • Take the final, open-book exam and pass with a score of at least 80 percent or higher.
    • Sign the MSU Extension Volunteer Code-of-Conduct and volunteer agreements.
    • Comply with the annual recertification process.
  • Active Extension Master Gardeners from a growing zone warmer than hardiness 7:
    • Successfully complete the Volunteer Selection Process.
    • Take the MSU Extension Master Gardener Training Course

Active Extension Master Gardeners wishing to transfer from Michigan to another state will need to contact the local educator or coordinator in the county of their new residence for specific transfer requirements of that state. The MSU Extension Master Gardener Program staff office will provide documentation to assist with a successful transfer.