Oregon Master Beekeeper Program

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A honey bee visits an almond blossom.The Oregon Master Beekeeper Program represents a cooperative effort between Oregon State University and the Oregon State Beekeepers Association to contribute to both the health of honey bee colonies and the integrity of the practice of beekeeping throughout the region.





The primary objectives of the Oregon Master Beekeeper Program are to:

  • Increase beekeepers' knowledge and understanding of honey bees and beekeeping
  • Encourage ongoing education of beekeepers at all levels
  • Increase public awareness of honey bees and beekeeping
  • Encourage mentorship and outreach
  • Support best-management practices and consistency in beekeeping practice
  • Provide opportunities for training and hands-on experience
  • Provide an objective means for an individual to evaluate his/her own progress and level of expertise
  • Encourage membership in and support of state and local beekeeper associations

New On Line Reporting System

A new reporting and record keeping system has been developed to store your Master Beekeeper Program progress reports, including Education Points and Field Experience Points for Apprentices and Public Service Points and Guided Study Progress for Journeys. All existing records have been migrated to the new database including exam results, too.

The new system will allow program administrators a much greater ability to run reports of various kinds from the data collected. It will allow Master Beekeeper Apprentices and Journeys the same ability.

The Apprentice Beekeeper

Beekeeper LogoThe Apprentice Beekeeper is the first level of certification in the Oregon Master Beekeeper Program. This level is designed to give those just starting in beekeeping solid information and support, with the goal of increasing retention of new beekeepers as they develop confidence in their ability to keep bees.

The Journey Beekeeper

Beekeepers being taught the skills they need.The Journey Beekeeper is the second of three successive certification levels in the Oregon Master Beekeeper Program. At this level of the program, the participant builds on the base of knowledge and experience acquired at the Apprentice Beekeeper level.

Application for Master Certification Program

Thank you for your interest in the Master level. This application is available only to signed-in Journey Level program participants. If you can't see this form, sign-in using the Journey level user credentials.

To be considered for the Master level beekeepers must be certified Journey Beekeepers and must own at least one honey bee colony. Please review the Master Level program overview and requirements before applying.

To apply for the Master Beekeeper Level, please complete this online form.

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