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Ian Goslin
Program Coordinator, Horticulture (Bilingual)
University of Illinois Extension
1505 Valle Vista Blvd
Pekin, IL 61554-6245
Phone: 309-347-6614
FAX: 309-347-5472

Paula Lane
Office Support Assistant
University of Illinois Extension
127 S High St, Ste 1
Havana, IL 62644-1496
Phone: 309-543-3308

Rhonda J. Ferree
Extension Educator, Horticulture
University of Illinois Extension
127 S High St, Ste 1
Havana, IL 62644-1496
Phone: 309-543-3308

Master Gardeners

Master Gardeners

Advanced Master Gardener Certification

Advanced Master Gardener Training gives active Master Gardeners an opportunity to focus in one horticulture-related topic area. These trainings provide for education in topics related to the Extension priorities and will prepare Master Gardeners to provide programming for the public in these areas as well as become more proficient in answering questions related to these issues. There are NO additional volunteer hour requirements for those receiving advanced certification. All education completed toward an advanced certification does qualify as continuing education hours.

1. Advanced Ecology Classes such as ecology, conservation, native plants, wildlife, soils or other related topics will count towards this certification. Master Naturalist training also qualifies participants for this certification. A minimum of 20 hours of training is required. Note: To maintain active status in both the Master Naturalist and Master Gardener programs, participants must complete at least 30 hours of volunteer activity in each program (at least 60 hours total), plus 10 hours of continuing education per program.

2. Sustainable Landscaping‐ A minimum of 20 hours of training is required. Classes such as Master Composter training, some Four Season Gardening Series sessions, rain barrel or rain garden classes, or other sustainable landscaping classes. Those who have completed the Master Composter class in the last 6 years will be "grandfathered" in for credit for that course. Master Composter classes are typically offered each winter.

3. Advanced IPM‐ A minimum of 20 hours of training is required. Training could include PSEP training; the NCIPM module on Diagnostics; IPM online modules; classes on invasive species; Plant Detective Training; First Detector Training; some Four Season Gardening Series sessions; Jim Schuster insect and disease workshops; and conference workshops on invasive species, weeds, insects or diseases.

4. Advanced Local Foods‐ A minimum of 20 hours of training is required. Training could include local foods training; local food or specialty crop conference sessions; GAP training or organic sessions, and some Four Season Gardening Series sessions.

Step-by-step: How to Achieve Advanced Certification

  1. Determine if you would like advanced training and certification in one or more of the focus areas.

  2. Begin the "clock" toward your certification by contacting Ian Goslin, Master Gardener Program Coordinator, of your intention. You have two years to work toward advanced certification in a topic area..

  3. Periodically submit additional training hours to Ian. This might occur after each training program or periodically as you submit other Master Gardener hours. Ian will determine if a class counts towards advanced training credit.

  4. Upon successful completion of an Advanced Master Gardener Training topic area, participants will be awarded a pin and certificate representative of the topic area. Advanced Master Gardeners are encouraged to wear their Advanced Master Gardener pin(s) in conjunction with their University of Illinois Extension name badge.

Use this online form to submit your Advanced Master Gardener Certification Plan

Go to this website for state policy document with "Advanced Master Gardener Training Guidelines"