The Clermont County Extension Office accepts applications for the Master Gardener Intern Class based on interest.
To become a Master Gardener Volunteer, applicants must complete an application and background check, as well as sign the Standards of Behavior, Pest Management Information Policy and Child Abuse Reporting Policy Standards. Once all of this information is received and accepted, you will begin 50 hours of horticulture education. Upon completion of the 50 hours, you must take a 300 point test and pass with at least a 70%. The test is open book and open note and must be completed within 1 month of being accepted into the program.
In order to transfer from intern status to a Master Gardener Volunteer, you must volunteer 50 hours of service in Clermont County at approved sites and have 6 hours of continuing education.
In order to remain an active Master Gardener Volunteer, you must complete 20 hours of service and 10 hours of continuing education each year, as well as submit an updated Standards of Behavior and Child Abuse Reporting Policy Standards. In addition to the volunteer and educational hours each year, you will be required to renew your background check per OSU Volunteer Policy.