Submit an online MSU Extension volunteer application
Consent to national and state background checks
(A criminal record will not necessarily prevent an applicant from being an Extension Master Gardener volunteer. A criminal record will be considered as it relates to specifics of the volunteer opportunities for which the applicant may be engaged.)
Submit the names and contact information for 3 references (5 preferred)
Complete a face-to-face interview with local staff
Successfully complete the Extension Master Gardener training course application and submit payment in full ($325) to reserve your seat. (Partial scholarships may be available)
Complete the required 14-week training course by attending all classes and completing all open-book testing documents (weekly quizzes and final) with a minimum score of 80% on each one.
Within one year of successfully completing the training course, complete and report 40 hours of horticulture-based service volunteering to share research-based garden knowledge with others in your community.
Maintain your MSU Extension Master Gardener (EMG) certification by:
Complete and report annually at least 20 hours of community service and 10 hours of education.
Complete the annual 3-step re-certification process during the designated time frame.