The Candidate for this level of certification must have held the Apprentice Beekeeper certification for at least one year and have been practicing beekeeping for at least two (2) years.  The Candidate must have proof of registration of their Hives with the Dept. of Agriculture in their home state or certificate of registration with the Alabama Dept. of Agriculture. The Candidate must show proof of attending a minimum of 12 hours of Honey Bee related programs  (use public credit for proof of participation). These classes are to focus on the following areas of beekeeping: (1) honey bee pest/parasites & pathogens, (2) Social wasps & bees, (3) pollination, (4) Pesticides & honey bees, (5) honey bee biology, (6) Hiving a swarm, (7) How to make splits (8) basic Queen rearing.

The candidate must score 70% or more on this exam. This exam will cover more information than required in the Apprentice Beekeeper level exam and will cover information as set by the Certified Directors in provided classes as set at different teaching sites that are made available to the beekeeper.  EXAMPLE; class room studies, reading materials or Internet.

The Candidate must score 80% or more on a practical examination. The practical exam can include, but is not limited to; scoring a jar of honey, reading pesticide labels and determining which is safest to use around honey bees. Identifying several beekeeping items, examining honey labels for errors, distinguishing between bees, wasps, hornets, and other insects, and identifying anatomical structures of a bee and a flower. The Candidate must perform and document completion of five (5) public service credits using the public form provided. The candidate can submit extra public credits which is encouraged, but they cannot be used in higher certification levels.

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