The Jefferson County Cooperative Extension office and Jefferson County Master Gardener Association (JCMGA) are delighted to announce that we are accepting applications for the 2020 Jefferson County Master Gardener Certification Program.
- The total fee is $175, a $20 background check fee is due at the information meeting prior to acceptance. The remainder ($155) is payable upon your acceptance into the program. The fee covers the cost of classes and labs, written materials, your master gardener certificate, and master gardener ID badge.
- All applicants must pass a background check prior to being accepted into the class.
- There will be two information/registration sessions. See important links below. One on Monday, February 17th and one on Wednesday, February 19th, 6:00-8:00pm. The requirements at that time are your completed background check form, a copy of your driver’s license, and the $20.00 background check fee (not refundable) are due on the date of registration. The classes will begin on March 11th and continue through June 3rd, except the Wednesday of Derby week (April 29th). The classes will be on Wednesdays from 6-8 pm. You will be required to attend all classes unless you have received prior approval from the instructor to miss due to circumstances beyond your control. If you miss a class (with prior approval only), the class will have to be made up at the Extension Office.
- You will be required to attend two labs. Labs may be held at various sites within the community and may be scheduled on Saturdays. There will be a third optional lab.
- Classes and information/registration sessions will be held at the Jefferson County Cooperative Extension Office, located at 4200 Gardiner View Ave, Louisville, KY 40213.
- Upon completion of all classroom studies and labs, you will be required to pass a final exam. At that time, you will become a Master Gardener Intern for a period of one year. During this year, you will be required to complete 40 hours of volunteer work in JCMGA approved projects.
- Every year thereafter, certified Master Gardeners must complete at least 20 hours on JCMGA approved projects and complete 10 hours of continuing education.
The primary purpose of the JCMGA is to serve the community and spread knowledge of good gardening practices. Volunteer hours are essential to our mission. Master Gardener certification cannot be used to advertise your expertise for promoting personal business ventures. Only those committed to continued service should apply. We educate the public, so the willingness to present topics to groups is needed. The only qualification for being admitted to the program is that you have a fondness for nature and an eagerness to learn. The Association offers you the opportunity to attend educational meetings and workshops, work alongside knowledgeable gardeners, and learn from their years of valuable hands-on experience.
Please click on Extension Volunteer Form, download and complete prior to attending the Info Session. Please bring the completed forms, background check fee ($20 cash or check payable to: Jefferson County Cooperative Extension Office) and a copy of your driver's license with you to the information session. If you enrolled in the information session but must cancel, please let us know at firstname.lastname@example.org or return to Eventbrite and cancel your ticket.
If more than forty individuals are interested, the Extension office will conduct phone and/or in person interviews to determine finalists for the program. We thank you for your interest and regret that, due to limited resources, we can only accept 40 candidates. We look forward to a fun and educational season with those of you who are chosen.