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Master Composter Apprentice Program
Description and Requirements

A Master Composter teacher with his student.  Both with big smiles.

Photo courtesy of Diana Chantalle

About the Program
  • The goal of the program is to prepare community home composting teachers.

  • 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. The program will pair an apprentice with a 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.

  • Some material will be presented to all the trainees as a group in a classroom on pre-assigned dates.

  • Mentor/apprentice collaborations will be in person and possibly on-line and on the phone.

  • This training is a rigorous course of study which requires a dedication to reading, research, practice, and planning for attendance at all scheduled group sessions (virtual or in person).

  • We hope to hold group classes on weekends in May, exact dates yet to be determined. We are accepting applications through April 15 for the May classes. If there are not enough applicants for the May classes, group classes will be postponed until we have enough applicants. So please send your application at any time. We will continue to offer new classes whenever we have a new group ready to begin.

  • 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.

  • It is not necessary to be a resident of Bernalillo County to take the training.

  • We recommend that applicants have some composting experience.

Requirements for Apprentices
  • Apprentices are committed to sharing desert home composting information in the community once they have completed the program.

  • Apprentices will be dedicated to participation in all aspects of the program: demonstrations, meetings, presentations, classes, readings, projects, quizzes, and assessments.

  • Apprentices are willing to travel to certain teaching and demonstration sites in Albuquerque or nearby locations. They will provide their own transportation.

  • Apprentices will maintain a record of accomplishments in completing the objectives in the syllabus.

  • Apprentices will complete all of these requirements in a timely fashion, not to exceed twelve months.

Application and Fees
  • Once you understand all the above requirements, you may submit an application at any time.

  • 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.

Resources for Apprentices and Mentors
  • Our website: all of the top menu items.

  • BCEMC training manual, a link to be provided to enrollees who are accepted into the program.

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