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Certifying agroforestry professionals anytime, anyplace.

Increasing income and promoting better nutrition among millions of chronically hungry people through planting trees.

Forest Garden Training Center (FGTC) is an anytime, anywhere online training resource center for development practitioners. FGTC was developed by Trees for the Future in response to global pressure to combat poverty, hunger, drought and the migration crisis across Africa.

For the past 30 years Trees for the Future has been a leader in agroforestry and tree planting accross many countries and contexts. The Forest Garden Trainer Certification is Trees for Future's pinnacle achievment.

The power of Forest Gardens

FGTC provides an easily deployable and replicable solution to end hunger, poverty and deforestation by planting Forest Gardens. It is suitable for:

  • Project and Community Leaders
  • Extension Agents, Trainers and other Development and Relief Workers
  • Project Managers, Team Members and Support Staff working for NGOs on development and relief projects.

Project and community leaders around the world can now explore the FGTC, download training resources, ask agroforestry questions to global practitioners, and become a Certified Forest Garden Trainer.

Accessible and affordable

Forest Garden Trainer Certification is available online at Certification has been priced to make the cost affordable to staff working for NGOs anywhere in the world.

Certification starts at just US$22 for staff of NGOs working in the developing world.

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What is a FGTC digital badge?

Digital badges allow you to easily showcase your achievements online.

When you pass an exam - you'll instantly have the option to claim a digital badge representing your new certificate.

Your badge can be embedded on an email signature, website, social media or digital CV.

With just one click employers, customers and clients can easily view and verify your credentials and skills.

Please download our digital sharing presentation for more information.

How do I claim my FGTC digital badge?

Once you’ve been notified that you’ve passed your exam - you will have the option to create a digital badge in APMG's Candidate Portal.

Visit APMG's Candidate Portal, view your exam results and select 'Create Badge'.

This takes you to the Acclaim website where the digital badges are hosted. You will be guided through the Acclaim account creation process.

Once you have created an account with Acclaim - login into the account and accept your pending badge.

Who should take this certification?

Individuals who work in the Development sector, such as community and project leaders, development agents, extension personnel, missionaries, volunteers.

How do I sit the exam?

In order to make these as accessible and as affordable as possible, the Forest Garden Trainer Certification exams rely on honesty and the professional conduct of the candidates. You can sit the online exam wherever you will be undisturbed for the duration of the exam and have access to a reliable internet connection. When you register for the exam, you will be asked to nominate an individual, for example a senior manager in your organization, to invigilate / proctor your exam.

Any allegations or suspicions of dishonesty will be investigated. If the claims are justified, the candidate will be barred from taking further APMG certifications, and, at the discretion of the examination board, the candidate's employer may be sanctioned, which may entail requiring candidates from that organization, in the future, to sit exams at an approved test centre, which would incur additional cost.

How much does it cost to sit the Forest Garden Trainer Certification?

The price of the Forest Garden Trainer Certification is dependent on the location of the candidate and the location of the NGO they are working for:

  • For staff of local NGOs working in the developing world and Students in the developing world the cost is $22 USD per exam.
  • For staff of international NGOs working in the developing world and staff of government ministries the cost is $60 USD per exam.
  • For all others, including, but not limited to, HQ-based staff of international NGOs, staff of multi-lateral and bi-lateral agencies or consultants, the cost is $145 USD per exam.

Are there any pre-requisites for the Forest Garden Trainer Certification?

There are no pre-requisites to apply for the Forest Garden Trainer Certification.

What are the publications that support the Forest Garden Trainer Certification?

The supporting Forest Garden Trainer Certification publications can be accessed via the website.

Which languages is the Forest Garden Trainer Certification available in?

The Forest Garden Trainer Certification is currently available in English only.

How long are the Forest Garden Trainer Certifications valid for?

The certifications are not valid for a defined period of time and will not expire.


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