Master Composter Certification

2019 Georgia Master Composter Program

UGA Athens-Clarke County Extension
2152 West Broad Street
Athens, GA 30606

Established in 2011 as a partnership between Athens-Clarke County Extension and the Athens-Clarke County Solid Waste Department, the Georgia Master Composter Program is an adult education course and Extension Volunteer program.  Master Composters complete a nine-week training course that covers all aspects of the composting process.  Classes are taught by UGA faculty, Athens-Clarke County and US Forest Service staff, and small and commercial business owners.  Topics include the chemistry and microbiology of composting, types of and reasons for composting, composting techniques and teaching tools.  As Extension volunteers, Master Composters then use this information to share composting basics with their family, friends and the community.  

The 2019 Georgia Master Composter Program application is now available.  The classes will be held at 5:30 to 8:30 pm weekly on Wednesday evenings from February 20 to April 24.  A special field trip is scheduled for Saturday, March 23.  Classes are held at the Athens-Clarke County Solid Waste Department training room at 725 Hancock Industrial Way, Athens.  To learn more about the Master Composter Program please email or call (706) 613-3640.

If you enjoy working with people, digging in the dirt and talking “trash”, we want you to become a volunteer Master Composter with the Athens-Clarke County Master Composting Program! Become a home composting expert and teach your family, friends, neighbors, and fellow community members, “How to Compost”.

Master Composters are an elite group of volunteers who have undergone an extensive training class in all aspects of the composting process, and then use that information to teach others how to turn their organic material into a beneficial soil amendment.


1.  Must consent to a background check (UGA requirement)

2.  Complete the training course and field trips -  (8 classes and 2 field trips)

3.  Complete class project

4.  Volunteer a minimum of 40 hours back to the program

Typical Volunteer Duties:

1.  Teaching or assisting staff with compost workshops.

2.  Staffing composting information booths at various public education

     and outreach events.

3.  Giving lectures on composting to various civic, community, and 

     garden groups.

4.  Giving hands-on presentations or assisting staff with school 

     compost programs.

2019 Master Composter Class Details


Wednesday evenings, February 20 - April 24 including one Saturday morning field trip on March 23.

TIMES:  5:30 PM - 8:30 PM


ACC Solid Waste Department

Administration Building Training Room

725 Hancock Industrial Way

Athens, GA 30605


$200 (includes 20 hours of instruction, the Georgia Master Composter handbook, your name badge, shirt, reference materials and handouts, refreshments during class, certificate of completion and graduation reception)


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