Master Gardener Training Class

The first step to becoming a South Carolina Master Gardener is completion of the Master Gardener Volunteer Training Class (MGVTC).  The class will meet for at least 40 instructional hours and successful completion requires regular attendance and passing a final exam.

Course materials including quizzes, final exam, and resources, will be housed electronically in Canvas, a Learning Management System. This means you will need regular computer access and reliable internet access.

Due to the popularity of the South Carolina Master Gardener Program and limited capacity, registration is a two-step process. First, interested individuals complete a pre-registration form. Next, a Master Gardener representative will contact interested individuals via telephone to explain the program, answer any questions or concerns, and verify a desire to proceed with registering for the class.

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. A criminal background check is required of all applicants.

Spring 2023 Master Gardener Volunteer Training Classes

Berkeley/Charleston/Dorchester - March 1, 2023
Horry/Georgetown - March 1, 2023
Richland/Kershaw/Fairfield - TBD

Beginning in the fall of 2023, all Master Gardener Volunteer Training classes will be offered between August 1 and December 31. Dates and times will vary by host site.

Want to be notified of the next Master Gardener Volunteer Training Class in your area? Complete this form and we'll let you know when pre-registration is available.