Recertification Policy Guidelines and Volunteer Hours Policy
Recertification is defined as: Completing educational training to further/enhance the individual’s skills in the areas of community horticulture deemed important to the OSU Extension Master Gardener Program.
Why do we require recertification?
As time goes by, we all forget details of diagnosis and appropriate advice. Also, information changes rapidly as new research results and products or appropriate cultural treatments become available. The goal is to keep Master Gardeners updated and available to provide high quality and up-to-date advice to the public.
Once an individual has completed Master Gardener training, he or she is certified as an OSU Extension Master Gardener. This certification is good for one year following graduation. Master Gardeners must then recertify annually to remain a certified Master Gardener. For instance, Master Gardeners graduating in 2015 are certified through 2016, but must complete recertification requirements during 2016 to become recertified for 2017.
Master Gardeners must be certified or recertified in order to work in a plant clinic.
You can continue as a member of the Master Gardener Association, and participate in all other Master Gardener activities, without recertification. And if you wish to work in the plant clinic for your personal development, you can do so as long as a certified Master Gardener is present. To maintain a high standard in the Oregon Master Gardener Program, it is important to have some degree of uniformity for recertification requirements, while providing the flexibility needed within individual counties to meet local needs.
The following are the requirements for recertification in Josephine Counties:
Donating a minimum of twenty (20) hours of volunteer service, and completing ten (10) or more hours of continuing education through:
· Auditing class sessions during the annual Master Gardener training program.
· Participation in any approved classes during the annual Master Gardener’s Mini-College.
· Participation in county-sponsored training sessions such as Winter Dreams, Summer Gardens (Jackson County), Seeds of Spring Home Garden Seminar (Josephine County), or most of the evening or weekend classes given in both Jackson and Josephine Counties.
· Participation in any other home horticulture related classes. These must be individually documented and approved by the Master Gardener Coordinator
· Self-study programs in home horticulture related topics, but talk to the Master Gardener Coordinator first for approval.
· Folks doing research to prepare home horticulture related presentations often can fulfill the requirement this way.
· Scoring a 70% or better on an open book Recertification Review.
Travel hours do not count toward volunteer time and are not recorded on the hour log.
Volunteer hours are used by Oregon State University and the Oregon Master Gardener Association to gauge the level of support for the Master Gardener program and the impact the program has on the local community. If you have any questions regarding activities not listed above, contact the Master Gardener coordinator at 541-476-6613.
Finally, Click Here to report your volunteer and educational hours on-line at or report them manually in the Master Gardener office.