Plant Health Advisor Online Advanced Training for MGVs and UWEX Staff
Note about the 2013 Course: We are sorry, but this training program is not currently available due to technical issues. When it does become available a notice will be inlcuded in a WIMGA newsletter.
Learn the basics of diagnosing plant problems so you can answer homeowner gardening questions. The Plant Health Advisor Advanced Training program is completely online via UW-Extension Desire2Learn website. The course is interactive as well as informative.
After completing Plant Health Advisor Online Training, 2009 participants wrote “online learning is great!”, “easy to use”, “enhanced my knowledge”, “great resources”, “liked options to learn by reading or listening”, “all information useful”, “emphasis on learn how to FIND the answer instead of having to know everything”.
Plant Health Advisor Advanced Online Training
- Covers fundamental steps of diagnosing plant problems
- Gives essential information on plant identification, plant pathology and entomology needed by Master Gardener Plant Health Advisors
- Accessible online any day of the week and any time of day during the enrollment period (spring or fall; see specific dates below)
- Counts as 8 hours of continuing education for Master Gardener Volunteer re-certification
- Provides a number of resources, references and websites for use in plant diagnostics
- Online discussion groups and subject matter support from UW-Extension horticulture educators
- Must be an active certified Master Gardener Volunteer, current Master Gardener Intern, or UW-Extension staff
- Intermediate level of experience using Internet (i.e. ability to open new or additional tabs and windows)
- Access to DSL, cable, satellite or similar Internet connection (not dial up service)
- Desire2Learn website requires Internet Explorer 8 or Mozilla Firefox as web browser. (Mozilla Firefox is a free download.)
Participants must take an online exam at the completion of the course. Master Gardener Volunteers scoring a minimum of 70% on the exam will become a Plant Health Advisor and receive a certificate.
After completing training Master Gardener Volunteers and Interns are encouraged to work with your county program coordinator to find ways to answer homeowner gardening questions as part of your volunteer time.