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.
3 years - 10 units
Review the WQ Master Web Quiz concerning frequently missed questions.
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.
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.
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:
2 years experience at the Master level - 15 units
Complete tasks 1,2,3
1 = Demonstrate expertise in sub-specialty;
2 = Present a program at an NCSBA annual meeting;
3 = Participate in an NCSU- sponsored research project
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.
2 years - 5 units
Review WQ Journeyman Web Quiz concerning frequently missed questions.
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:
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.
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:
Types of honeybees and selection for your apiary
Types and construction of beehives
Beekeeping and the environment
Integrated Pest Management (IPM)
Class Date -January 27, 2018
Haywood County Extension Office
589 Raccoon Rd.
Waynesville, NC 28786
8:30 AM to 4:30 PM
(Cost includes book, lunch, and a 1 year chapter membership)
Registration is open for the freebeekeeping class sponsored by the McDowell Beekeepers Club in Marion, NC. There has been a lot of interest and the class is filling up quickly so, anyone who is interested should register soon while space is still available. This is an intensive course of three days classroom andone field day. After the class anyone should be able to pass the Certified Beekeeper Test and will be given the opportunity to take it.
Registration is open for the 2018 two-day beekeeping class sponsored by the Buncombe County Beekeepers Club in Asheville, NC. Anyone who is interested should register soon while space is still available.