The California Master Beekeeper Program uses science based information to educate stewards and ambassadors for Honey bees and beekeeping.
California is a leader in the beekeeping industry which makes it imperative that a Master Beekeeper Program be available for beekeepers at all levels of experience. Beekeeping in California presents some unique challenges. This California-centric program provides the most up-to-date science-based on Honey bee health and education for beekeepers. This program empowers beekeepers to become a more effective and knowledgeable Honey bee ambassador. California Master Beekeepers will be at the forefront of beekeeping innovation, allowing them to support the state’s agricultural needs, other beekeepers, and of course honey bees for years to come.
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Apprentice: Student investigates beekeeping with a mentor; maintains a state registered hive for at least a year; attends classes both in person and online and passes a final online and field exam. Learn more
Journey Level: Student broadens knowledge, skills and abilities regarding bee biology and serious beekeeping issues. Student engages in public outreach/service. Academic information includes: Honey bee anatomy, bee behavior, pollination biology, pesticides, identification of bee species, including Africanized bees, and honey tasting/judging. Student passes a final written and field exam. Learn more