A beekeeper examining a hive frame, photo by Thisabled on Pixabay

Disseminating science-based beekeeping information through a network of trained volunteers since 2016.

The California Master Beekeeper Program (CAMBP) is a continuous train-the-trainer effort. The CAMBP’s vision is to train Apprentice, Journey and Master level beekeepers so they can effectively communicate the importance of honey bees and other pollinators within their communities, serve as mentors for other beekeepers, and become the informational conduit between the beekeeping communities throughout the state and UCCE staff.

Participants have the opportunity to receive an outstanding California-centric science-based education, and are current on the latest studies on honey bees and beekeeping, which are constantly evolving.  Researched-based apiculture training helps to minimize potentially disastrous consequences, such as increased pest and pathogen transfer, or the spread of overly defense honey bees, which are considered a public-health risk. Our mission is to use science-based information to educate stewards and ambassadors for honey bees and beekeeping.

The CAMBP class schedule begins in January and runs through October each year. Classes are available online and in person. If your application is accepted, you'll receive a registration link. After registering, you'll receive access to your member portal. The member portal contains the study guide, practice exam links and other helpful beekeeping resources. Class information for 2022 will be posted on our website soon.