There are three paths toward completing the educational component for certification as a Master Gardener in Ontario.
1. University of Guelph Courses
You may take the following 3 online courses specified below from the University of Guelph.
- Cultural Practice for Plants
- Introduction to Plant Identification
- Growing Plants
2. Dalhousie University Master Gardener Program (formerly Nova Scotia Agricultural College)
You may complete the following 4 online courses in the Master Gardener Program from Dalhousie University's Faculty of Agriculture.
- The Science of Gardening
- Maintaining the Garden
- Plant ID
- The Art of Gardening
3. Certification Exam
If you have recently completed a diploma or degree in horticulture or comparable education, have experience in the industry or extensive horticultural knowledge, you may choose to write the Certification Exam.
Once you are accepted as a MGiT, you will begin your volunteer commitment and begin to record your volunteer hours. All MgiT and Master Gardeners are required to provide a minimum of 20 advice hours and 10 administrative or education hours per year.
Once you have completed both the educational (within 3 years) and volunteer requirements (for two years), you are officially a Master Gardener!