The Oregon Master Beekeeper Program represents a cooperative effort between Oregon State University and the Oregon State Beekeepers Association to contribute to both the health of honey bee colonies and the integrity of the practice of beekeeping throughout the region.
The primary objectives of the Oregon Master Beekeeper Program are to:
Increase beekeepers' knowledge and understanding of honey bees and beekeeping
Encourage ongoing education of beekeepers at all levels
Increase public awareness of honey bees and beekeeping
Encourage mentorship and outreach
Support best-management practices and consistency in beekeeping practice
Provide opportunities for training and hands-on experience
Provide an objective means for an individual to evaluate his/her own progress and level of expertise
Encourage membership in and support of state and local beekeeper associations
A new reporting and record keeping system has been developed to store your Master Beekeeper Program progress reports, including Education Points and Field Experience Points for Apprentices and Public Service Points and Guided Study Progress for Journeys. All existing records have been migrated to the new database including exam results, too.
The new system will allow program administrators a much greater ability to run reports of various kinds from the data collected. It will allow Master Beekeeper Apprentices and Journeys the same ability.
The Apprentice Beekeeper is the first level of certification in the Oregon Master Beekeeper Program. This level is designed to give those just starting in beekeeping solid information and support, with the goal of increasing retention of new beekeepers as they develop confidence in their ability to keep bees.
The Journey Beekeeper is the second of three successive certification levels in the Oregon Master Beekeeper Program. At this level of the program, the participant builds on the base of knowledge and experience acquired at the Apprentice Beekeeper level.