Become a Certified Native Plant Master Volunteer

Anyone can take a Native Plant Master course or class but you can take your plant knowledge to the next level and become a certified Native Plant Master. As a Native Plant Master volunteer, you will educate others by using the information you learned in NPM offerings. Teaching is one of the best ways to cement and expand your knowledge. Plus, you will be helping to magnify the impact of the program by bringing research-based information about plants to new audiences.

After passing three Native Plant Master courses with a grade of C or better and submitting 60 or more educational contacts, you will become a Certified Native Plant Master and receive a special certificate, pin, patch and window sticker in recognition of your status. Certification occurs at the end of the year you meet these requirements.

Once you are certified or recertified as a Native Plant Master, you are eligible for a 30% discount for any NPM course or class. There is no time limit on how long it takes to meet the certification requirements. To remain certified, you must report at least 120 educational contacts every two years.

In order to become a certified Native Plant Master, you must apply for acceptance as a NPM volunteer. Selection is based on a demonstrated ability to educate the public through your job or volunteer position. All NPM volunteer applicants are required by CSU to undergo a confidential and secure background check through the approved CSU vendor.

To apply to become a certified Native Plant Master volunteer, please fill out the Metro to Mountain NPM application form. For those not wishing to volunteer but who would like to be recognized for their advanced knowledge, we offer the Colorado Flora Certificate Program. For more information, see the Native Plant Master Program Guidelines.