Extension Master GardenersSM are volunteers who love to garden and help others. They complete an Extension Master Gardener Training Program, which is usually held in the fall, as needed. Advertising for the EMGV training program and accepting applications take place during spring in the years a class is held. Applicants are interviewed for selection and are scored on qualifications such as communication skills, interpersonal skills, ability to attend training, ability to volunteer during normal office hours, and commitment to participate in volunteer activities. In return for the initial training, EMGV interns must give 40 hours of volunteer service to the Extension programs and their community to become a certified Extension Master GardenerSM Volunteer.
Upon acceptance into the EMGV program, an individual signs a contract (Certification Agreement) which states that the individual agrees to pay the required fee, attend the necessary training sessions, and complete the required number of volunteer hours after successfully completing training. Following certification EMGVs, complete at least 15 hours of continuing education and give at least 30 hours of volunteer service to the program each year. Educational hours and service to the community are required for annual re-certification.