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General Information and Applications

Master Beekeeper Certification Program

contact us at: csbamasterbeekeepers@gmail.com

Please be aware that this program is under development. Some details may not be listed here. Please contact us at the email address above for further information.

Teachers of Approved Beginning Beekeeping Classes

Beth Conrey

Tina Sebestyen

Carolina Nyarady

Gregg McMahan

Dan Rau

Joe Komperda

Joe Theis

Goals and Objectives

  • To increase knowledge and understanding of beekeeping
  • To increase bee health state wide
  • To support and encourage our regional clubs and their educational goals
  • To provide an objective means for beekeepers to evaluate their skill and understanding of beekeeping
  • To provide opportunity for training and hands-on experience
  • To encourage mentoring relationships and involvement in the beekeeping community
  • To increase public awareness of bees and beekeeping through ambassadorship

The Master Beekeeper Certification Program will consist of three levels: The Apprentice Level, The Journeyman Level, and The Master Level. All beekeepers will enter the program at the Apprentice Level. All participants shall be members in good standing of the Colorado State Beekeepers Association, as well as members of a participating regional beekeeping club ( if available).

Certified Apprentice Level

CSBA Certified Apprentice Application

This program is for the beekeeper who wants both hands-on and online training, or who does not have enough beekeeping experience to apply to test out of the Apprentice Level (completed two years of beekeeping). Online classes will begin in March, and will be held on the last Tuesday of each month. Applicants must have completed at least one year of beekeeping before applying to join the program, and have taken an approved Beginning Beekeeping class, or have completed at least two years of beekeeping (if they didn’t take a Beg. Bee Class).

March: Feeding

April: Recognizing what you see in the hive

May: Splitting

June: Varroa and Integrated Pest Management

July: Getting Ready for Winter

August: Pheromones

There will also be two hand-on workshops to be held at regional clubs in various locations across Colorado that will cover these topics: Monitoring and treating for varroa, reading the brood frame, recognizing healthy and diseased brood, and preparing for winter. Participants will be required to attend in person (not just watch a recording) all of the Zoom meetings and both of the hands-on classes, and to submit their own hive records for the year. If all of these requirements are met, graduates will be qualified to take the Apprentice written and field exams, and if they pass, will be able to move into the Journeyman Level one year earlier than normal (at the end of their second year of beekeeping).  Participants need to find a mentor, and notify us who that is. Mentors can be anyone with three or more years of experience in beekeeping.


Apprentice Level

It is the goal of the CSBA to support our regional bee clubs, and, to this end, we encourage training and mentorship for Apprentice Beekeepers to be conducted within the regional clubs. We will provide guidance to clubs as requested but will not mandate. Applicants to the Apprentice Level testing shall have been a beekeeper for at least three years before making application and shall have taken an approved beginning beekeeping class. Progress to the Journeyman Level will be accomplished by demonstrating basic beekeeping proficiency in a field exam and basic knowledge of beekeeping in a written exam based on the book “The Beekeeper’s Handbook” by Diana Sammataro and Alphonse Avitable. An exam fee of $40 is due with the application. The field exam may be accomplished at the regional club with an approved examiner and the written exam may be downloaded and completed at home.

Requirements to apply to take written and field exams (this can be done at any time of the year, you are testing out of the Apprentice Level)

–Have been a beekeeper for at least 3 years, and have taken an approved Beginning Beekeeping Class, or

–Have been a beekeeper for at least 4 years

–Pay $40 fee

Requirements of fulfill to graduate Apprentice Level

–Pass field exam

–Pass written exam with score of at least 85%

Please download apprentice application fill it out and save it, fill it out, then email it to: csbamasterbeekeepers@gmail.com

Apprentice Application

*Once you have paid, we will send you a password to login to the page for the exam.

Journeyman Level

The Journeyman Level features online classes on the 2nd Monday of each month, October- April, and two bee camps (spring and fall) alternately on the Eastern Slope of Colorado, and the Western Slope. 2022 Spring Bee camp (splitting, queen rearing, reading the frame) on the Eastern Slope. 2022 fall bee camp (bee diseases, bee biology, microscopy) on the Western Slope.

Qualify to apply to Journeyman Level

  • Pass written and field exams at Apprentice Level
  • Have been a beekeeper for at least 4 years, or completed the Certified Apprentice Level
  • Pay $200 fee

Graduate from the Journeyman Level

–Complete and file 12 guided studies, two of which must be  on mites

–4 educational credits from outside the MB program, attend 80% of online classes, and spring and fall bee camps, over the three years.

–30 public service points in 4 categories

–Pass practical exam with score of 85% or better

–Own and maintain at least one honey bee colony for at least 3 years, submit hive logs, complete the 4 Field Worksheets with a mentor and submit

–Pass written exam with a score of 85%

Master Beekeeper Level

Applicants to the Master Level shall have at least 4 years of beekeeping experience and will have completed all requirements for the Apprentice and Journeyman Levels. Completion of the Master Level will include an additional 20 public service points, and mentoring of one Apprentice Level and one Journeyman Level student, or two other mentees. The Master Student will propose, set up, and complete a scientific research project using his or her own honey bee colonies, submit a written paper on the projects, and present a 15 minute dissertation on it. The research project can be done alone, with another Master Level Student, or with a scientist or commercial beekeeper.

The Master Beekeeper Applicant will chose two areas of proficiency not related to their research project and submit written summaries.

The applicant must pass an oral exam and written exam.  Application fee $100.

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