Tri County Master Gardeners Policies

CHARLESTON COUNTY MASTER GARDENERS

RECERTIFICATION POLICY

REINSTATEMENT OF FORMERLY CERTIFIED MASTER GARDENER (TRI-COUNTY)

A Master Gardener who was formerly certified as a Tri-County Master Gardener may reinstate his or her certified (active) status by completing the following requirements within a **6 month period:

1. Audit 4 Master Gardener training courses, 2 mandatory and 2 elective, as outlined: (or equivalent upon approval from the TCMG coordinator)

a. Invasive Plants (mandatory)

b. Turf grass (mandatory)

C. Pest Management (recommended)

D. Plant Pathology (recommended)

E. Vegetable Gardening (recommended)

F. All others available

2. Complete three (3), three hour sessions, on the telephone in the Clemson Extension (Master Gardener) county office with a mentor or experienced Master Gardener.

3. Record all hours in the on-line state reporting system.

4. The Master Gardener is thereafter responsible for meeting the requirements for annual recertification according to the policy. (10 continuing education hours and 20 volunteer hours)

5. Upon successful completion of the above requirements he or she is considered “Certified” and therefore returns to the active Master Gardener list and is eligible to participate in all TCMG events and activities. 

Tri-County Master Gardener Policy

Inter-state Transfer of Extension Master Gardeners

To effect the transfer of an active Master Gardener from another state, a written recommendation on behalf of the Master Gardener petitioning for transfer must be provided to the local MG Extension Coordinator. The MG requesting transfer must be active and in good standing prior to transfer. The Master Gardener transferee may then be received into the Tri-County Master Gardener volunteer group as a South Carolina Master Gardener candidate.

Active Master Gardener transfers from states within the southeast region (Virginia, North Carolina, Kentucky, Georgia, Tennessee, Alabama and Florida) are required to take the entire Master Gardener training course for a discounted fee of 75% off the total cost of the training class. (This price includes the cost of the training manual and other supplies). They will have the option of taking the weekly quizzes or taking and passing the final exam. 

Due to the significant differences in gardening outside the southeast region, active Master Gardener transfers from states outside the southeast region are required to pay the full fee, take the weekly quizzes, and pass the final exam. 

Upon successful completion of the class, the Master Gardener transferee shall agree to a 40 hour volunteer service commitment as outlined in the Master Gardener orientation policy and will assume all rights, responsibilities, and privileges of a South Carolina Master Gardener.

Tri-County Master Gardener Policy: Intra-state Transfer of Extension Master Gardeners

 To affect the transfer of an active Master Gardener from another county in South Carolina, a written recommendation on behalf of the Master Gardener petitioning for transfer must be provided to the local MG Extension Coordinator. The MG requesting transfer must be active and in good standing prior to transfer. The Master Gardener transferee may then be received into the Tri-County Master Gardener volunteer group as a South Carolina Master Gardener candidate.

1.    The transfer of SC Master Gardeners between local MG programs shall be accomplished by the forwarding of the records of the transferring Master Gardener to the county coordinator (or his or her designee) of to which he/she is transferring. 

2.    The transferring MG shall commit to at least 15 volunteer hours on the telephones in the Extension office under the supervision of the area MG coordinator or his designee and become familiar with local practices and routines. 

3.    It is recommended that the transferee audit the next scheduled local MGTC. Due to the significant differences in turf grass in the coastal area, those MG’s transferring from the midlands and upstate must audit the next available turf grass  and invasive plants portion of the MG training class.

4.     The transferring Master Gardener must record all volunteer hours in the MG reporting system.

  1. Upon successful completion of the above requirements, the Master Gardener transferee shall become a member of the Tri-County Master Gardener Association.
  2. In order to maintain certification as an active Tri-County Master Gardener, the transferring MG must complete and report in the volunteer reporting system, a minimum of 20 educational service hours and 10 continuing education hours, as outlined in the Master Gardener orientation policy and will assume all rights, responsibilities, and privileges of a South Carolina Master Gardener.