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. Those entering the program with less than five years beekeeping experience may also benefit from the additional training and system for measuring their progress. The training, experience, and guidance provided at the Apprentice Beekeeper level provide the student with:

  • The knowledge and confidence to keep bees in Langstroth hives
  • Hands-on experience working with bees, including use of tools and equipment
  • Information about the costs and "how-tos" of obtaining bees to get started as a beekeeper
  • Opportunities for training and mentorship
  • Exposure to resources to improve skills and stay current in beekeeping

Students participating in the Oregon Master Beekeeper program are required to have access to a computer, tablet or other means to send/receive email and to access the internet. Access to email and the web are essential for students in the program.

Email provides an efficient means to communicate with the many students in all levels of the program.  Each student account requires an email address as part of the set up. Internet access allows students to access resources, exams, class videos, progress reports, etc.  The ability to download and later upload program materials is also dependent upon web access. 

If you do not have access to a computer or other means of communicating electronically, please let us know.