2021 Virtual South Carolina Master Gardener Training Class Pre-Registration Form
About the 2021 Master Gardener Training Class
The 2021 South Carolina Master Gardener Training Class begins on Wednesday, January 13, 2021. Classes meet each Wednesday morning from 9:00 AM to 12:30 PM online for 16 weeks. Chat help will be available from 8:30 to 9:00 AM before each lesson. The final exam is on April 28, 2021.

Due to the South Carolina Master Gardener program's popularity and limited capacity, registration for the Master Gardener Training Class is a two-step process. First, interested individuals must complete the form below by November 13, 2020, to be considered. Next, a Master Gardener representative will contact interested individuals via telephone to explain the program, answer any questions or concerns of the interested individual, and verify a desire to proceed with registering for the program.

The training course fee is $300.00. Payment will be collected during the second step of the registration process, after Master Gardener representatives have contacted interested individuals. Please note that no refunds will be issued once the course begins.
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About the Master Gardener Program
The Clemson Extension Master Gardener Program trains, selects, and utilizes knowledgeable volunteers to facilitate the educational work of the local Consumer Horticulture Agent by delivering researched-based information to citizens of the state.

The services undertaken by Master Gardeners vary according to Clemson Extension's priorities, community needs, and the abilities and interests of the individuals. Current Master Gardener projects include phone support at the Extension Office, "Ask a Master Gardener" events, presentation of programs to garden clubs and other groups, an annual symposium, basic-gardening lecture series, and plant sale. Volunteers also lend their expertise at various community gardens.

While all Master Gardener Interns must complete 40 hours of volunteer service to be certified, volunteer requirements may differ from county to county. Consult your local coordinator for specific requirements.
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Individual Information
County of Residence *
Last Name *
First Name *
Preferred Name
Email Address *
Mailing Address *
City *
Zip Code *
Phone Number *
Best Time to Call
Are you a certified or active Master Gardener transferring from another state? If the answer is yes, we will need a letter from your previous county Extension Agent or Master Gardener Coordinator stating your status upon transferring and how many hours of service you have earned. All transferring Master Gardeners must enroll in the local course to participate in this program. Please indicate if you are transferring below. If you are not moving from another state, please skip to the next question.
Current Employment Status
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Commitment
To become a Certified South Carolina Master Gardener, individuals must attend the online training classes each Wednesday from 9:00 AM to 12:30 PM starting January 13, 2021, through April 28, 2021. A quiz will be given after each class to be completed before the next class. All quizzes must be completed for the student to take the final exam. Attendance at all classes is required. Students must pass the final exam with a 70% grade or better to complete the training course.

Once a student completes the training course, they are a Master Gardener intern. Interns must complete 40 hours of volunteer service consisting of at least 40 hours of service with their local Extension office. The 40 hours of volunteer service must be completed within 12 months of completing the training course. Extensions to this time may be granted depending on considerations for social distancing due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Interns must consent to and pass a background check to volunteer.

Once volunteer hours are completed, a Master Gardener intern becomes a Certified Master Gardener. Certified Master Gardeners must complete 20 hours of volunteer service and 10 hours of continuing education each year to maintain active status as a Clemson Extension Master Gardener.
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Why do you want to become a Master Gardener Volunteer?
List any formal training or experience in horticulture or gardening.
Are you currently, or have you ever been employed in the horticulture or landscaping industry?
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List your top three areas of horticulture/landscaping/gardening interest.
List any gardening groups in which you are currently active.
List volunteer roles you are most interested in performing.
List any special skills that might be used in a volunteer capacity. (e.g. computers, public speaking, teaching, etc.)
Briefly describe how would you use your garden based skills or other talents to contribute to community education and outreach.
Clemson University Cooperative Extension Service
Clemson University Cooperative Extension Service offers its programs to people of all ages, regardless of race, color, sex, religion, national origin, disability, political beliefs, sexual orientation, marital or family status and is an equal opportunity employer.

Should you require special accommodations due to a disability, please notify our office ten days prior to the event.
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