Online Continuing Education Opportunities for Master Gardeners

Master Gardeners in Virginia need to complete 8 hours of continuing education every year to stay certified. Here are some opportunities to do that from home through online courses, videos and webinars approved by our Extension Agent, Kirsten Conrad Buhls.

Online Courses

Sick Plants and a Hungry World $35
From Ohio State University: 

 Sick Plants and a Hungry WorldThis course is targeted to Master Gardeners and others interested in learning about stories of plant disease from a world and historical perspective. Modules cover topics such as the Disease Triangle, Irish potato famine and bioterrorism through reading assignments and self-tests.  The course is available for 10 weeks from the time participants register.  It is a non-credit course and no grade is given.  A certificate of completion from the Office of Continuing Education is awarded upon completion.

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Fruit Diseases in the Midwest $50
From Ohio State University: 

Fruit Diseases of the Midwest New, non-credit, completely online plant pathology course! Available for 10 weeks upon receipt of registration. Learn about important fruit diseases and their management strategies.Fruit covered: apples, stone fruits, brambles, strawberries, and grapes.The course is self-paced and completely online so you complete it on your own time, from anywhere! Requirements include watching short lecture videos and completing self-tests (no grade for the class).

Certificate awarded upon successful completion.
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Introduction to Diagnostics for Master Gardener Volunteers: Approaches to Plant Pest Diagnostics $10
from the North Central Consumer Horticulture working group

Introduction to plant diagnosticsDenise Ellsworth and Sarah Ellis of Ohio State University have assembled this course on behalf of the North Central Consumer Horticulture working group to offer Extension Master Gardeners some guided help to enhance their plant diagnostics skills. The course has several course components: Narrated PowerPoint presentations, Handouts and Fact sheets

Certificate worth 3 continuing education credits (upon completion)
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Virginia Cooperative Extension Master Gardener YouTube Channel

VCE Master Gardener You Tube Channel

As an educational outreach component of Virginia Cooperative Extension, the Master Gardener program brings the resources of Virginia’s land-grant universities – Virginia Tech and Virginia State University – to the people of Virginia. Master Gardeners work within their local communities to encourage and promote environmentally sound horticulture practices. Through our YouTube channel, we hope to continue this promotion of educational resources, as well as provide insights into Master Gardener events at both the state and local levels.


Pesticide Use and Safety for Naturalists
December 13, 2016 from 12 – 1

Virginia Master Naturalist Continuing Ed

Registration is required. From Virginia Master Naturalists Continuing Education. Previous webinars are archived here as well.

Monarchs and the Importance of Milkweed in Landscaping 
December 20, 2016 from 2 – 3

Monarch Butterfly Conservation Webinar Series

Registration is required. Previous webinars on monarchs are available on the Monarch Conservation Webinar Series page from Monarch Joint Venture

The Science Behind Healthy Soil
You can  view  this on-demand webinar at any time.  

Science Behind Health SoilJoin the webinar for an overview of the USDA NRCS Soil Health Literature Review Project and its accompanying public Web site and USDA employee SharePoint that provide access to a searchable database of journal references related to physical and chemical soil health properties and conservation practices.

Webinars from the VCE Master Gardener program
Password: VirginiaEMG 

Virginia CooperativeOn demand webinars include:

  • Agriculture and Environment Seminar Series – Fall 2016
  • Woody Landscape Plants – May 2016
  • Habitat Gardening for Wildlife – February 2016