This part-time program is open to anyone with an interest in gardening. It is an opportunity to learn, share gardening experience and develop friendships through community volunteerism.

Master Gardeners volunteer their time to assist people with horticulture in communities. They share their knowledge and experience with fellow gardeners, friends, neighbours, youth and seniors. This sharing consists of a varied range of activities that may include:

  • Designing, planting or maintaining community gardens in public places such as hospitals, schools, parks, etc.

  • Developing horticultural therapy programs

  • Writing a garden column for a newsletter or local paper

  • Teaching gardening classes for community colleges, associations or recreation departments


An application is not required for this program.

English is the language of instruction at Assiniboine. All applicants educated outside of Canada or in a country not on the test exempt list are expected to meet the English language proficiency requirement. See assiniboine.net/elp for more information.

If you don’t meet these admission requirements please visit our adult learning page for more information on assessment of special circumstances.

Next Step

Continuing Studies courses are offered on various dates and during varying time slots. To see upcoming courses, please visit our Continuing Studies’ course catalogue. Then, register by visiting How to Register & Apply 

Careers & Connections


Share your gardening experience as volunteers in the community or sow the seeds of your gardening hobby by turning it into a career and find employment with a horticulture-based organization.


Manitoba Master Gardener Association

Tools & Supplies

Course Title Textbook
All Courses
Sustainable Gardening: The Oregon-Washington Master Gardener Handbook

Visit the Bookstore’s website to learn more.

Courses & Costs

To receive a Master Gardener document of achievement, students must successfully complete 39 academic hours, an internship of 40 volunteer hours of and the Master Gardener theory exam.

Tuition, fees and Student Association fees total approximately $1,250. All fees are estimated and are subject to change without notice.

Course Title/Name Course Number Hours
Botanical Latin
Garden Fundamentals
Common Plant Diseases
Communications - Master Gardener
Identifying Insects
Safe Pesticides & Alternatives
Tree & Shrubs

An internship of 40 volunteer hours is required to be completed before the written exam. The internship hours should include a variety of activities. All of your hours should benefit the community through a combination of hours in gardening related volunteer work, hours in meetings, and hours in horticulture related events. 

Download a copy of the Master Gardener volunteer hours log sheet.

Continuing Studies courses are offered on various dates and during varying time slots. To see upcoming courses, please visit our Continuing Studies’ course catalogue. You must search by the course title/name, not by program name (e.g. Botanical Latin, not Master Gardener).

If you cannot find the course you are interested in, please contact Continuing Studies at Assiniboine at continuingstudies@assiniboine.net or 204.725.8725.


How long does it take to become a certified Master Gardener?

Each person’s timeline is unique. Some people finish the courses of the program in a year. Others may take several years to complete the courses. However, students have a maximum of 5 years to complete the program.

What materials do the courses require?

Students are required to purchase the Sustainable Gardening manual. Throughout the education training, students are encouraged to work on the home study portion of the course materials by reviewing the manual.

To purchase the manual, visit the Bookstore’s website .

Where do you find volunteer opportunities?

There are a number of ways Master Gardeners in Training can obtain their volunteer hours. The Manitoba Master Gardener Association is a great resource for available opportunities.

Check out www.mgmanitoba.com for contact information.

Do volunteer activities need to be approved  prior to beginning them?

No, as long as Master Gardeners in Training are working within a horticulture-based organization, and not independently, hours will be accepted for confirmation.

Assiniboine Community College is responsible for confirming all volunteer hours once submitted. Volunteer hours can be submitted to continuingstudies@assiniboine.net.

How long do I have to complete the internship volunteer hours?

Students have one calendar year to obtain 40 volunteer hours. They do not have to complete all courses, prior to starting their volunteer hours.

Is the exam open book and how  long do I have to complete it?

Yes, the exam is open book, online through Moodle. All students must complete the exam independently within 2 weeks.


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