Spring 2013: Information for Students

Bernalillo County Extension Master Composters


  • The purpose of the Master Composter training course is to educate people to be expert composters who will then teach others how to compost. Please see our Mission and Vision.
  • The training will consist of 13 two-hour class modules.
  • The curriculum is modeled on other successful Master Composter programs in the USA.
  • Certificates and Master Composter name badges will be awarded to those who complete the course requirements (listed below).

Dates and Times:

  • Training will be held every Saturday morning and Wednesday evening in March 2013:
    • Saturdays, March 2, 9, 16, 23, 30: 8:00 am to 12:00 noon
    • Wednesdays, March 6, 13, 20, 27: 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm

Cost and Application Process:

  • Important addendum February 26, 2013: The class is not yet full and we are accepting applications up to the day of the first class, Saturday, March 2. At this point, please do not put the application into US Mail. Please bring the application, along with your payment, to the first class.
  • The training is open to anyone with prior composting experience. Anyone without composting experience can take one of our basic composting classes to meet this requirement (at least 2 hours). Please see Classes/Activities for the Public for a list of such classes.
  • There is no residency requirement. You do not need to be a resident of Bernalillo County in order to participate in the training.
  • The cost of the training is $80. We will refund $40 to you after you have completed the course requirements, including your 10 hours of volunteer outreach service. You will receive the refund along with your badge and certificate at the annual fall meeting.
  • You can fill out the application either of two ways:
    (1) Click here for an application that you can print, fill out, and bring to the first class.
    (2) Click here for an application that you can download, copy, fill out via computer, and email to judyespinoza.7100@yahoo.com.
  • Please make check for $80 payable to Bernco Master Composters.
  • The application deadline is March 2, 2013. After 2/26/2013, please bring your payment to the first class. You may either email the application or bring it to the first class.
  • Class size is limited to 30 students.
  • If you need to withdraw your application, you must cancel by February 23 in order to receive a full refund.
  • If you submit an application and are not admitted into the program because of lack of space or other reason, your full payment will be refunded.


  • All classes will be held at the Bernalillo County Extension Office, 1510 Menaul Ext Blvd. NW, Albuquerque. Parking is free. See map. Note that the Extension Office can be tricky to find. Leave a little extra time the first time you come. The Extension Service property is surrounded by a chain link fence. Entrance to the fence is on Indian School.

Course Content:

Course Requirements:

  • Attend and participate in at least 11 out of the 13 modules. We strongly encourage everyone to attend all 13 modules. If you must miss a module due to unanticipated circumstances you must make arrangements with the coordinator to make up the work. If you miss more than two modules you will be automatically withdrawn from the training.
  • Complete and submit individual class evaluation forms for each individual class.
  • Complete and submit a student project. See Spring 2013: Student Project.
  • Read all course materials. Handbook will be provided.
  • Read at least one book from Reading Materials.
  • Complete final exam. The exam is a take home test. The completed exam must be submitted within two weeks of the last class. 70% is a passing score.
  • Complete and report ten volunteer hours of community outreach in your community by mid-October 2013.
  • Abide by the policies and procedures of BCEMC.

Other Information:

  • Please arrive a little early for all classes as they will start on time.
  • After class, please depart the premises in a timely fashion as the gates to the property will be locked shortly after class has ended.
  • Please silence your cell phone during class.
  • Your class evaluation will be used to take attendance so please fill it out and submit it before you leave class each day.
  • You may bring a soil sample to the Soils lecture.
  • One of the Saturday mornings will consist of a hands-on demonstration, outdoors, at the Extension Office; please wear appropriate layered clothing.
  • In case of snow or other inclement weather, we will follow the Bernalillo County policy. Please check the Bernalillo County web site for closure information. Then check our Master Composter site for make-up dates.
  • Composting is an art and science. You will hear from various instructors. Their opinions may vary. You have to find your own way.
  • Note the style, organization, methods and teaching aids that instructors use. This may benefit you in your future community outreach teaching.