Master Gardeners: remember to retain your certification you need to report your volunteer and continuing education hours. Guadalupe County Master Gardeners, Interns and Students will enter their own Master Gardener volunteer and continuing education hours into an online system called VMS (Volunteer Management System)
To retain Master Gardener re-certification, each calendar year you need to participate in 12 hours of “approved” volunteer activity and 6 hours of continuing education. Master Gardeners should report volunteer and continuing education hours on a monthly basis. This allows the Guadalupe Texas A&M AgriLife Office to report accurate hours and contacts you reach with the excellent programs you conduct. And, remember that our collective volunteers hours contribute to the sustenance of the Texas Master Gardener Program and the Guadalupe County AgriLife Office.
VMS is user friendly, intuitive, and has many great features. It was developed specifically for Master Gardner Programs by the University of California Cooperative Extension and is used in Texas under license agreement with the University of California.
For many volunteers, VMS will be so intuitive that detailed instructions will not be needed.
Access VMS at https at https://texas.volunteersystem.org. Enter your email address and password to logon. If you are a first time user and do not have a password, Click on the New User? Password Problems? link.
A VMS User’s Guide can be found on this website.
Point to the Members Tab, Move the cursor to highlight the Master Gardeners – Reporting Volunteer and Continuing Education Hours tab. In a few seconds the VMS User’s Guide sub-tab should appear to the right. Highlight the VMS User’s Guide tab and left click your mouse. The Guide should open. Most members will find this guide easy to use.
A VMS PowerPoint Slide Show is also available on this website.
Point to the Members Tab, Move the cursor to highlight the Master Gardeners – Reporting Volunteer and Continuing Education Hours tab. In a few seconds the VMS PowerPoint Slides sub-tab should appear to the right. Highlight the VMS PowerPoint Slides tab and left click your mouse. An Adobe file of the PowerPoint slides is available for download. You will need to have the free Adobe Reader program on your computer to read this file.