Master Composter Apprentice Program
Description and Requirements

Bernalillo County Extension Master Composters

Mentor and Apprentice
Photo courtesy of Diana Chantalle

About the Program

  1. The goal of the program is to prepare community home composting teachers.
  2. This is a mentoring program. A mentor is a current BCEMC master composter who is willing to teach, guide, advise, and demonstrate for their apprentices.
  3. The program will pair a willing apprentice with a willing mentor in order to share the science, art, materials, methods, techniques and benefits of high desert home composting and to discuss methods for teaching composting to the community.
  4. The apprentice will become a master composter and may become a member of the BCEMC once apprenticeship requirements and then ten hours of volunteer service have been completed.
  5. Apprentices and mentors will follow the program syllabus.
  6. Mentor/apprentice collaborations will be in person, on-line, and on the phone.
  7. Admission to the program will be staggered and dependent on whether mentors are available at a given time.
  8. It is not necessary to be a resident of Bernalillo County to take the training.
  9. We recommend that applicants have some composting experience.

Requirements for Apprentices

  1. Apprentices are committed to sharing desert home composting information in the community once they have completed the program.
  2. Apprentices will be dedicated to participation in all aspects of the program: demonstrations, meetings, presentations, classes, readings, projects, quizzes, and assessments.
  3. Apprentices are willing to travel to certain teaching and demonstration sites in Albuquerque or nearby locations. They will provide their own transportation.
  4. Apprentices have a phone and an internet connection with email, PowerPoint (or program capable of reading PowerPoint files), and Zoom capability.
  5. Apprentices will maintain a record of accomplishments in completing the objectives in the syllabus.
  6. Apprentices should complete all of these requirements in a timely fashion, not to exceed twelve months.

Application and Fees

  1. Once you understand all the above requirements, you may submit an application at any time.
  2. The application fee is $50. It may take several weeks to process your application and get you connected with a mentor. If you change your mind in the meantime, we will issue you a full refund.
  3. To apply, please see Application Information.

Resources for Apprentices and Mentors

  1. Our website nmcomposters.org: all of the left menu items on the home page.
  2. BCEMC training manual, a link to be provided to enrollees who are accepted into the program.
  3. The apprentice program syllabus.
  4. Demonstration/teaching sites.