Advanced Training Opportunities
There are many opportunities for completing advanced training. Opportunities are posted on this website’s calendar. If the opportunity has been approved as AT for the Gideon Lincecum Chapter, the AT category is included at the top of the calendar event.
- TMN GLC AT programs – The Gideon Lincecum Chapter is committed to providing at least 8 hours of advanced training every year. Most chapter meetings are followed by an AT program.
- TMN ListServ – The state office of Texas Master Naturalist emails notices regarding statewide conferences and classes. If you are not already on the distribution list to receive emails from the state office, then visit Texas Master Naturalist ListServ and follow the instructions for subscribing. If the program is not listed on the TMN GLC website as approved for AT for our chapter, a request to have the course approved for AT may be submitted to the AT Committee (see below).
- TMN Annual Meeting – A statewide meeting of Texas Master Naturalists is held in October of every year. This 3-day conference is a great way to complete the advanced training requirement and meet other master naturalists from around the state.
- Programs sponsored by other state or conservation groups – Other groups such as Texas Parks & Wildlife, Texas Agrilife, the Native Plant Society, and other sponsor conservation-oriented training programs. If the program is not listed on the TMN GLC website as approved for AT for our chapter, a request to have the course approved for AT may be submitted to the AT Committee (see below).
Requirements for Certification
Once you complete your basic training, to become certified as a master naturalist, you must complete 8 hours of advanced training by December 31 of the calendar year following the year of training. To be re-certified, you must complete 8 hours of advanced training each calendar year.
We hope that as you complete a training session, you will share some of what you learned by writing an article for the newsletter, posting pictures and a short report to our Facebook group, or giving a report at a Chapter Meeting.
Be sure you log your AT hours into the online VMS.
1. All advanced training opportunities must be approved by the chapter PRIOR to participation. If an AT opportunity is posted on our website calendar and an AT category is included in the event listing, it has been approved as AT for our chapter.
2. Educational television shows do NOT count toward advanced training.
3. Travel time is NOT included in counting advanced training hours.
4. The training opportunity must meet the following criteria:
- promote the learning and development of naturalist skills
- provide the knowledge and skills to work in volunteer efforts
- provide the opportunity to focus interests in one or a few specific topics
- build on the core curriculum provided during the chapter’s basic training
- provide natural resource management issues and information applicable to Texas
Advanced Training Request Form. Submit to the Advanced Training Committee at least 7 days prior to the training date. This is only necessary if the training falls outside of the sponsored events listed on the Chapter website calendar.