Online IPM Modules for Master Gardeners- A New Educational Tool

Basil plant heavily infected with basil downy mildew (Picture by Bruce Watt, University of Maine,
Basil plant heavily infected with
basil downy mildew (Picture by Bruce Watt,
University of Maine,

Need to brush up on your pests to answer client garden questions?

Learn about newly emerging or persistent plant diseases and insect problems in the home landscape with the NEW University of Illinois Extension Online IPM modules. These modules are designed for Extension Master Gardeners but can be used by home gardeners and green industry professionals.

Eight Self-paced Online IPM Modules

Eight online IPM modules are currently available, covering landscape pest and problems such as:

  • Brown Marmorated Stink Bug
  • Thousand Canker Disease
  • Spruce Problems
  • Downy Mildew on Impatiens,  and more.
  • Bacterial Leaf Scorch
  • Sudden Oak Death
  • Emerald Ash Borer
  • Bur Oak Blight

Module Quick-Facts

Each module is self-paced and contains information and pictures about the pest or pathogen, host plants, symptoms, diagnosis, management and much more. Here we answer a few common questions you may have:

  • Can I earn continuing ed (CE) credits for each module? Each module provides about  1/2  hour of continuing education for Illinois Master Gardeners.
  • Will the CE credit apply in my state? Check with your local coordinator to be sure these modules fulfill the educational requirements in your county and state. (As mentioned, the modules are also a great resource to answer client questions in the office.)
  • How will I get a certificate of completion? After completion of the module content, a short quiz should be completed. Participants must receive a perfect score on the quiz before completing a brief evaluation and then printing a certificate of completion.
  • Is there a charge? The course is free of charge, but participants must register and create a login and password.

The modules were written by University of Illinois plant pathologists and entomologists and more modules are currently under construction. Evaluations show that Master Gardeners value this new easy tool for completing educational hours while staying abreast of current landscape pests and pathogens.

Want to see what a module looks like? View the brown marmorated stink bug example below or directly access these Online IPM modules at

Example of IPM Online Module
Brown Marmorated Stink Bug, University of Illinois IPM Module Example

– Monica David, University of Illinois Extension Master Gardener Coordinator

3 Replies to “Online IPM Modules for Master Gardeners- A New Educational Tool”

  1. HI Joan,

    The links in the blog post should take you to the site.

    When you get there, you’ll see the left-hand side (above 2 log in boxes) it will say: “You are not logged in. If you are new to the Master Gardener Training System, please click here to create a new account.”

    That link provided in that statement takes you to get an account with this link (your starting point!):

    Please use this link to help get you started. It will also be important to save you username and password so you can access other modules as you go.

    Thanks for your question. I hope that helps you access the modules.


  2. I would like to know how to get my name printed onto the cettificate for completing the modules on stink bugs etc. Its hard to turn something in for credit with out a computer generated name on it. Thanks

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