How to Certify
as a Manitoba Master Gardener
Manitoba Master Gardeners –
• Have earned an internationally respected horticultural designation
• Are volunteers helping their local gardening communities
• Provide public education, project leadership and gardening advice
• Supported by their Association, continue to gain and share expertise
• Are leaders in fostering sustainable, ecologically sound gardening practices
Five steps involved in certifying as a Master Gardener in Manitoba:
1. REGISTRATION WITH THE MANITOBA MASTER GARDENER ASSOCIATION (MMGA)
- This will occur once you register for the Manitoba Master Gardener Program Certification course (the first course listed see below). MMGA will receive an automated notice that you have registered and will contact you by email. Please note that you will not be invited to join the MMGA until you register in this course.
- Recently registered interns receive a free 2-year MMGA Membership.
2. COMPLETION OF REQUIRED BASIC TRAINING
Registration at any time, study on your own schedule. These courses are offered online and on-demand through a partnership of the MMGA with the University of Saskatchewan’s College of Agriculture and Bioresources: Gardening division.
Five years to complete all required courses:
- Manitoba Master Gardener Program Certification
- Garden Fundamentals
- Botanical Latin
- Tree and Shrub ID
- Insects in your Yard and Garden
- Plant Diagnostics for Home Gardeners
- Common Plant Disorders
- Common Plant Diseases
- Safe Use of Pesticides and Alternatives
TOTAL PROGRAM COST: $805
Estimated total hours of online learning: 62
FOR COMPLETE COURSE DETAILS, including fees, AND TO REGISTER:
3. SUCCESSFUL COMPLETION OF A PRACTICUM THROUGH THE MMGA –
- 40 hours of approved volunteer service – details CLICK HERE
4. FINAL EXAMINATION Successful achievement – after completion of required courses and practicum.
5. ANNUAL MEMBERSHIP FEE – to participate in the MMGA as a full member ($25/year) once your free 2-year membership expires.
After this – What’s next?
• You receive a Certificate from the MMGA, signed by the MMGA Chair, on completion of these requirements. The Certificate designates you as a Manitoba Master Gardener in Good Standing.
• You maintain this standing by paying your yearly MMGA membership fee, completing a minimum 20 approved volunteer hours per year, and completing a minimum six approved continuing education hours over three years.
Master Gardeners in the Community
Since inception in the 1970s, the practice of preparing Master Gardeners for their public education role has involved both a theoretical and a practical component. This model has proved to be very successful.
Master Gardener (MG) programs are now offered in nine Canadian provinces. Programs are offered in all U.S. states. Also MG programs are in Australia, UK and Korea.
The Manitoba Master Gardener Association is an all-volunteer non-profit organization registered in Manitoba with approximately 115 Master Gardener members and approximately 57 interns. The MMGA has been in existence since 2010.
“The MMGA cultivates the development and continuous education of Master Gardeners, supports volunteerism and encourages sustainable, proven gardening practices in Manitoba.” February 2020.
For more information about MMGA’s Manitoba Master Gardener certificate process, contact: