Master Naturalist training takes approximately 1 year to complete and requires the participant to complete a volunteer and educational commitment.
To become a Certified Master Naturalist, a trainee must:
- complete the 40 hours basic training course with a minimum of 25% time in the field,
- pass the post-training assessment with a score of 70% or higher,
- complete a minimum of 8 hours of advanced training, approved by the Central Rappahannock Chapter, and
-complete a minimum of 40 hours of service, approved by the Central Rappahannock Chapter.
Each volunteer has a maximum of 12 months from the last day of basic training to complete the remaining requirements for certification. Certification is valid through the calendar year following the year in which the requirements were completed. To maintain certification, volunteers complete an additional 8 hours of advanced training and 40 hours of service annually.
Due to statewide regulations, applicants must be 18 years old by the start of the training session (August 24, 2009) in order to be considered. However, youth aged 14-17 are welcome to participate along with an adult who is responsible for them, as long as they are both registered participants in the class.