Becoming a Certified Virginia Master Naturalist
The process for becoming a Certified Virginia Master Naturalist
typically takes 6 to 12 months. You will begin as a Master Naturalist
Trainee by participating in a 40-hour basic training course that
includes both required in-class instruction and field work offered
by a local chapter of the program.
Once training is completed, you become a Virginia Master Naturalist 
Chapter Member. Members achieve certification by completing and
recording eight (8) hours of continuing education in addition to the
basic training course and forty (40) hours of volunteer service in
projects that suit their interest and schedule.
Trainees are encouraged to participate in continuing education and
volunteer service activities during the basic training course.
To maintain your status as a Certified Master Naturalist, you must
complete and record eight (8) hours of continuing education and
forty (40) hours of volunteer service annually.
All participation in volunteer service and continuing education must be recorded in the Volunteer Management System in order to count toward certification or re-certification.
If you have questions or concerns about your status as a Certified Virginia Master Naturalist, contact the Chapter Membership Coordinator Sue Tait.




Every attempt has been made to ensure the accuracy of these milestones for our members. If your name is not listed here, but you believe you have achieved any of the milestones above, please contact the Membership Coordinator.