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Master Composter Apprentice Program
Application Information

A Master Composter teaching a student outside beside a compost bin.

Photo courtesy of Diana Chantalle

Please read the program description and requirements and the syllabus if you have not already done so.

An application may be submitted at any time. If you'd like to join the May 2023 class, please submit your application by April 15, 2023. Applications received after that will be held until there are enough people to form another group.

A link to the application is provided below, but please read all the information on this page before proceeding to the application.

Cost of the program is $50. Your application will not be approved until payment is received. It may take several weeks to process your application and get you connected with a mentor. If you are not accepted into the program or if you change your mind in the meantime, we will issue you a full refund.

You may pay via PayPal or credit card or you may mail a check payable to BCEMC addressed to: Master Composter Program, BernCo. Extension Office, 1510 Menaul Blvd., Ext. NW, Albuquerque, NM, 87107.


If you wish to pay via PayPal or credit card on the computer website, use this button. 

After you submit your application we will notify you via email (1) when your application is received, (2) when your payment is received, (3) when your application has been approved, and (4) when you have been paired with a mentor and can begin your training.

After you submit your application and you have not heard from us within 24 hours,  please contact

Your email address will not be shared with anyone outside the BCEMC. Other information on the application will be shared only with the application review committee.

When you sign and submit your application, you agree to the following conditions required for the apprenticeship and the volunteer agreement:


  • I will make time to interact regularly with my mentor.

  • I will complete all classes, sessions, assignments, final project, and the final assessment as specified in the syllabus.

  • I will comply with the policies of the Bernalillo County Extension Service and NMSU.

  • I will provide my own transportation to and from the meetings required to fulfill the syllabus.

  • After I am accepted, I will print, fill out, and sign the Volunteer Agreement and Photo Release Form and give them to my mentor.

  • Upon completion of the apprenticeship, I will volunteer 10 hours (minimum) to help fulfill the mission of the BCEMC.


Please continue with this link: Application Form.

If you need more information or if you are an individual with a disability in need of auxiliary aid or service in order to participate in our program, please contact

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