Changes for Reporting Hours
Starting in 2017, Master Gardeners should combine the ACT categories into one Service Hour category. There is no need to tally Administration, Community Service, and Teaching hours as separate categories. The required number of Service Hours (formerly ACT hours) remains the same: 40 for interns and 25 for Certified Master Gardeners. The CEU requirement will remain at 8 hours for Interns and Certified Master Gardeners.
Lifetime Master Gardeners will now be required to invest 15 hours per year in Service Hours and/or CEUs. Note these three examples: (1) 15 Service Hours and no CEUs, or (2) a combination of Service Hours and CEUs totaling 15 or (3) no Service Hours and 15 CEUs. (Of course, more hours in either category are encouraged and appreciated, and should be reported!) Lifetime Master Gardeners will begin recognition of service at 10 years, with additional recognition at the 15, 20, and 25 year levels.
MASTER GARDENER HOURS REPORTING
It is important for all Master Gardeners to report Service Hours and Continuing Education Hours (CEU’s) to maintain Master Gardener certification and for UT Extension to show the impact of the program on the community. Service hours and CEUs must be reported by December 31.
Attached is the Volunteer Service Report form for record keeping.
It is preferred that each Master Gardener enter their hours online at
Gardeners who prefer to submit a paper copy should mail their information to:
Master Gardener Program
UT Agriculture Extension Service Sullivan County
140 Spurgeon Lane
Blountville, TN 37617