Frequently Asked Questions

Q. Is beekeeping experience necessary to apply?
A. No, and at the Apprentice Level, you do not need to own a hive!
Q. Will I learn about top bar hives, Warre hives, and other alternative hives?
A. Not at the Apprentice Level. You can learn about alternative hives at the Journey Level! You can certainly keep whatever style of hive you wish, but training at the Apprentice Level with be with Langstroth hives only.
Q. What are the requirements to be certified at the Apprentice, Journey or Master level.? Is there a time      limit to complete the each certification level?
A. A list of the certification requirements for each certification are found with each program description. Once accepted into a program, you have two years to complete the Apprentice certification requirements. At the Journey level you have 3 years to complete certification requirments.  At this time there is not a time limit to complete the Master level certification.
Q. Is there any support?
A. Yes, in addition to working with a mentor, classroom training, whenever possible, is provided. Students are also encouraged to join bee organizations and participate in other educational opportunities.
Q. Is there a fee?
A. Yes. The fee for the Apprentice class is $150. The fee for the Journey and Master certification programs is $200. The Apprentice level fee includes the text, program materials and access to classroom training where available. The Journey and Master level fee includes attendance at lab and field days as well as the  Oregon Master Beekeeper Institute held just prior to the annual state beekeepers' conference.
Q. Do I have to start at the Apprentice Level if I am an experienced beekeeper?
A. In most cases yes you would start at the Apprentice level.  The certifications are sequential. You must have the Apprentice certification to be accepted into the Journey Level program. If you have a minimum of 5 years current beekeeping experience, you may challenge the apprentice level by demonstrating field proficiency and knowledge via a written exam. Contact us at for more information.
Q. Is it necessary to take all certification levels in order to participate in the program?
A. No. It is up to the individual how many certification levels they pursue in the Oregon Master Beekeeper Program.
Q. How can I become certified as an Apprentice beekeeper?
A. Visit "The Apprentice Beekeeper Pgm" for a detailed program overview and leave your name on the "Apprentice Program Waiting List".