Class Commitment and Expectations

I wish to become an intern in the Virginia Cooperative Extension (VCE) Program of Central Shenandoah Valley training program and would like to be accepted for the next class.  I understand there is a cost to cover the course and administrative expenses.

I understand that to become a certified Virginia Cooperative Extension Master Gardener, I am required to:


  • Be over eighteen years (18) of age.
  • Complete the course of study.


Classes start in January 2022, Tuesdays, and Thursdays from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. at the Virginia Cooperative Extension, Rockingham 965 Pleasant Valley Road Harrisonburg, Virginia 22801.  However, some classes are scheduled for Saturday or may be presented as a Zoom class.  A schedule of classes will be provided at the time of acceptance into the program.



  • 85% class attendance is required.
  • Pass the final exam with a minimum score of 70%. The exam is a take home and open book exam.  Take home quizzes are required to be completed upon the completion of subject sections.
  • To become a Master Gardener, you must attend at least 50 hours of classroom instruction and contribute 50 hours of volunteer services conducting VCE horticulture-based education programs.
  • The combined initial 100 hours must be completed in one year, and upon completion, you will earn the title of VCE-Master Gardener.
  • VCE-Master Gardeners after the initial year are required to contribute at least 20 hours of volunteer service each year, and to participate in at least 8 hours of re-certification training annually.



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Policy Statement

Master Gardener programs are volunteer programs that train individuals in the science and art of gardening. These individuals pass on the information they learned during their training, as volunteers who advise and educate the public on gardening and horticulture.

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