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NC Master Beekeeping Program (MBP)

Master Level

The Master level beekeeper should be able to function as a sideline or commercial beekeeper, if he or she desires, and have some expertise in several sub-specialties of apiculture. In accordance with the NC State Beekeepers Association, this level encompasses the certified and journeyman levels, plus additional requirements.

Review the 2017 WQ Master Web Quiz concerning frequently missed questions.

Bee Educated…

Bees, Beekeepers and the Public

Learning about bees can be quite fun and one of the goals of Haywood County Beekeepers Charter is to help the public become comfortable around bees. Though they can be agitated at times, in general bees are quite easy to handle. Just avoid disturbing their hive too much. Thus, our beekeepers will host booths at various events through the community for the purpose of exposing others to these pollinating insects who offer so much to our environment. The next time you visit a festival and there is a bee display, visit the booth, you will not bee… disappointed.

Certified Level

The Certified level is the entry level of the program for participants with basic knowledge of honey bees and bee management. Prepare yourself for each certification tests. Review the 2017 WQ Web Quiz concerning “frequently missed questions.

December 2017 - Certified Practice Test

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Master Craftsman Level

The Master Craftsman level is the highest attainable in the program, and is reserved only for those participants who have demonstrated excellence in teaching, public service, and honey bee management skills. Master Craftsman beekeepers have exemplified their skills in beekeeping and possess the following credential:

Journeyman Level

The North Carolina Journeyman level is comprised of beekeepers with demonstrated competence in the craft of beekeeping. Each successive level requires that certain minimum criteria be met, which are summarized below.

Prepare yourself for each certification tests.

Review 2017 WQ Journeyman Web Quiz concerning frequently missed questions.

December 2017 - Master Practice Test

Typically, beekeeping schools take place in the winter and early spring. The schools listed further down on this page generally take place annually, although the details may change from year to year. If you are interested in becoming a beekeeper and you missed out on the beekeeping schools, there are a couple things you can do:

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The North Carolina Master Beekeeper Program (MBP) is the largest program of its kind in the country. Established in the fall of 1982, its purpose is to provide an infrastructure whereby beekeepers can improve their beekeeping skills and knowledge on a continuous basis within a system that objectively and formally acknowledges those accomplishments. It also serves as a means of providing valuable information to beekeepers and the public through various outreach services. The MBP consists of four ascending levels of beekeeping expertise. Each successive level requires that certain minimum criteria be met, which are summarized in the following areas: Tests, Service and Experience, Level, Written, Practical, Oral, Beekeeping Experience, Public Service, and Other. Visit the North Carolina State Beekeepers Association (NCSBA) for more information on Bee Schools.

Bill and Tom checking out a bee frame.

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Can you spot the “drone” bee?

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Another Certified Beekeeper

September 2017

Beekeeper Jim Coller receives his certification for the “Journeyman” level in beekeeping. Presenting the certificate are Regional Director David Massengill and HCBC President Allen Blanton.

David          Jim          Allen

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If you are considering keeping honeybees, then take notice of this information and mark your calendar. The Haywood County Beekeepers Chapter (HCBC) is offering a “Beginning Beekeepers School” for all new HCBC members and anyone interested in beekeeping. This school includes one full day of “classroom” instruction and an additional “field day” (TBD), where you can practice some of the skills learned in the classroom.

This course is design to familiarize the new beekeeper in the following areas:

Beginners Bee School

Class Date - January 27, 2018

Haywood County Extension Office

589 Raccoon Rd.

Waynesville, NC 28786


8:30 AM to 4:30 PM


$50/person, $60/couples

(Cost includes book, lunch, and a 1 year chapter membership)


Bill Skelton, Extension Agent, (828) 456-3575

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December 2017 - Journeyman Practice Test