Apprentice Level

The Apprentice Level is the first step in the Master Beekeeping Program. The Candidate needs to have more than a basic knowledge of beekeeping prior to registration. The program is designed to enhance your skills and knowledge, not to teach basic beekeeping. For basic beekeeping start in the local clubs with a Beginning Beekeeping Class.


1. Must score a 70% or higher on each subject (block)of a written examination.*

2. Must score 70% or higher on TWO practical examination .**

 * The written test includes, but is not limited to beekeeping classes and materials provided from references on Apprentice reading list along with class lectures.

**The practical exam can include, but is not limited to: describing the physical parts of a beehive; igniting and properly using a smoker; recognizing the various stages of brood, differentiating castes, and finding (or least describing) the Queen; differentiating between brood, pollen, and capped honey cells; recognizing propolis and describing its functions; and describing the layout of the brood nest (placement of honey, pollen, and brood), etc..

Objectives for the Apprentice Level:

Bee Anatomy– Using a picture, the Candidate for Appetence and Journeyman must identify selected parts of the anatomy . Possess an understanding of each body part listed.

Bee Keeping Equipment– Identifying several pieces of equipment using the correct nomenclature and describing the proper use.

Harvesting and Processing Honey– The candidate must understand the activity in the colony which changes nectar to honey. Additionally, the relationship of moisture to the process.

The Hive as a Colony-The candidate must be able to answer questions concerning the Social activity within the colony. This would include the function of each caste and the routine of daily life.

Open Hive– the Candidate must demonstrate the ability and knowledge of properly approaching and opening a hive, identify numerous items in the hive. The candidate must also light and maintain a smoker for twenty minutes.

NOTE – All questions on the exams may not be covered in the classes. It is important that your experience as a beekeeper become evident during this symposium. Experience is what you have learned by keeping bees and what you have gleaned from reading.