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Colorado Master Gardener vs. Colorado Gardening Certificate



Colorado Master Gardenersm (CMG) -

"I want to be a volunteer for the Colorado Master Gardener program in my county."

Colorado Master Gardeners are select individuals who have undergone specialized training from CSU to become active volunteers in their home county.  Following completion of training**, CMG's volunteer at the local county Extension Office, host info booths at area farmers' markets, and assist with various types of local gardening programs.

Participants must apply to become a CMG volunteer. Once accepted to the program, participants must complete a specified number of volunteer hours and horticultural continuing education each year. Currently, the fee for the CMG training is $170, followed by a $25 renewal fee for each year in service.

Colorado Master Gardenersm is a registered service mark of Colorado State University Extension. It is used to identify volunteers serving in an official CSU Extension activities. It may not be used to infer credentials or otherwise imply endorsement of a private business. It may not be used on marketing materials of a business.
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Colorado Gardener Certificate (CGC) -

"I want to take the course work but I don’t have time to volunteer. "

The Colorado Gardener Certificate is available for those wanting to obtain education on gardening in Colorado (training occurs with the CMG program). CGC students will not represent Colorado State University Extension as a volunteer following training. However, at the end of training, students will receive a certificate of completion showing that they have undergone the training course. The Colorado Gardener Certificate may be displayed in a place of business and used in business marketing. Participants in this training do not have a volunteer commitment, thus there is a higher fee for this program. Currently, the fee for the CGC training is $530.

**All Colorado Master Gardenersm trainees who successfully complete the CMG training will receive the Colorado Gardener Certificate.