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Application Information

Thanks for considering the Colorado Master Gardener (CMG) Apprentice program. Apprentices are our CMG’s in training. Please read these details before applying.

What to know before you apply:

Like all programs, we have a few things you should consider if you’d like to apply.

  • You must be at least 18 years old to apply.
  • If you’re accepted into a program, there are training fees your first year and dues ($25-35 in most counties) required every subsequent year.
  • We do offer financial need-based scholarships (reducing your fee to $100). Details are in the application.
  • Initial horticulture training requires 80% minimum class/lab attendance, completion of all on-line classes and completion of homework assignments, plus passing the final exam with 70% or better.
  • You will need reliable access to the internet and email to be successful in our program. Accommodations can be made in local offices as needed.
  • Your apprentice year requires 50 hours minimum volunteer time in your county/area CMG program by the end of the program year (October 31st).
  • Our program does allow for a 2-year apprenticeship option, requiring 60 hours of volunteer service over a 2-year period and successful completion of all other requirements.

What to know about the application:

  • Applications are offered online and via hardcopy.
  • Know your local county name and if they are training in the year you’re applying for.
  • Not all counties train every year! Contact your county for more information.
  • Application deadlines and training dates vary by county. If your county is not listed in the online application, training will unfortunately not be offered or has already closed.
  • We require 3 named references. Have your references’ names and emails handy when you apply.
  • CSU requires all volunteers are background checked. Information is in the application.
  • The application will take 30-60 minutes to complete and must be done in one sitting (if online).
  • We require future and current volunteers familiarize themselves with CSU’s policies and guidelines:
  • Ready to apply? CHECK BACK AT THE END AUGUST 2021 TRAINING APPLICATIONS. We are not offering training during Fall 2020.

What to expect after submitting your application:

  • Your local county program coordinator or Horticulture agent will be in touch.
  • Interviews are required by most counties and are scheduled locally. Volunteer interviews are standard to assess commitment, strengths and interests each applicant will bring to the program.
  • Acceptance into a program is at the discretion of the local county staff and all volunteers must pass a criminal background check.
  • Background checks are also initiated and tracked in your local county.
  • Now you can sit back, relax and follow us on Instagram @coloradomastergardeners
  • Thanks for applying!