Advanced Training Program Purpose and information:
The Master Gardener Advanced Training: Texas Superstar® program is designed to provide advanced training and resources to Master Gardeners and certify them to be part of a state corps of Texas Superstar® volunteers and educators.
To become a certified Master Gardener Advanced Training: Texas Superstar®, Master Gardeners are required to attend the Master Gardener Advanced Training: Texas Superstar® to fulfill training requirements and subsequently meet service requirements described below. This certification does not empower the individual with supervisory or administrative authority within her/his local county programs.
Master Gardener Advanced Training: Texas Superstar® training will be comprised of high-quality training combined with hands-on experience covering how and why the Texas Superstar® program began; the colorization of the Texas bluebonnet; education on Texas Superstar® vegetables, trees, annuals and perennials; and how to distinguish superstars from other plants.
What it takes to be a Superstar®
It isn’t easy to become a Texas Superstar® plant. Only the toughest, most reliable and best-looking plants make the cut. Every plant earning the Texas Superstar® designation undergoes several years of extensive field trials by Texas A&M AgriLife Research and the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service, both part of the Texas A&M System. They must be shown to be super-performing plants under Texas growing conditions. During the field trials, plants receive minimal soil preparation, reasonable levels of water and no pesticides.
To be eligible for the Master Gardener Advanced Training: Texas Superstar®, an individual must possess an up-to-date Master Gardener certification, or be an employee of the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service. Master Gardener applicants must be approved by their local County Extension Agent.
Position Description and Service Requirements:
The Master Gardener Advanced Training: Texas Superstar® is charged to increase awareness, provide training in Texas Superstar® and facilitate implementation of Texas Superstar® practices on a home/neighborhood/community level.
Service requirements include, but are not limited to:
• Serving as a local Master Gardener Advanced Training: Texas Superstar® resource
• Volunteer 20 hours above and beyond their county’s volunteer obligation
• Assisting with Texas Superstar® training for Master Gardeners and trainees
• Serving as a local Master Gardener Advanced Training: Texas Superstar® resource in the Extension program for a minimum of one year
• Assisting in educating Master Gardeners, interns, and the public in Texas Superstars®
• Increasing client awareness and implementation of Texas Superstars® through presentations, training, and mass media efforts (i.e. radio, newspaper, social media, television, and newsletters)
• Submitting a completed Texas Superstar® Advanced Training Volunteer Report Form as directed for certification
• Optional: submit TMGA reimbursement paperwork
Advanced Training recognition and certification:
Upon completion of the Master Gardener Advanced Training: Texas Superstar® service requirements, the Master Gardener will be awarded a Master Gardener Advanced Training certificate and lapel pin.
Resources Available to the Master Gardener: Texas Superstar®:
• Texas Superstar® advanced training and networking with presenters
• Educational materials on Texas Superstar®
• Direct access to Texas A&M AgriLife County Extension Agent – Horticulture and AgriLife Program Specialist