Guided Study Guidelines

Guidelines for Journey-Level Guided Study

To download a PDF of this document and the various Guided Studies, GO HERE.


Among the requirements for the Journey Beekeeper level of the Oregon Master Beekeeper Program is that of completing 12 Guided Studies. It is suggested that one Guided Study per quarter be done in order to complete the 12 within 3 years.  You may choose which Guided Studies to complete. The Guided Studies provide you with an opportunity to: 

  • Be introduced to the literature available on honey bees and beekeeping, which can be overwhelming in scope
  • Increase confidence in your ability to get into the research to find answers to questions on your own
  • Discern among sources of information in terms of quality and credibility
  • Focus on information within a framework that can be used as a reference over time and as a model for additional study on your own later on
  • Respond with information on a specific topic in your own words, thus enhancing understanding and learning


Guided Studies are done on a “completed/not completed” basis according to the criteria provided.  When submitted, each Guided Study is documented as "received". If desired, you may request feedback at the time a Guided Study is submitted.

Guided Study downloads are available on the website.  You may choose to download, save, complete and return the Guided Study as an attachment. You may also print, complete and return the study via US mail. In this case the Guided Study must be typed and include the question as well as your response. It may be beneficial to save a copy of the Guided Study for your reference; it will not be returned to you.

You may submit a Guided Study (or studies) at any time during the program for notation.. At the time you apply for Journey-level certification, a minimum of 12 Guided Studies will need to be documented.


The criteria to be used in considering “completed/not completed” are as follows:

1. That you respond with findings in your own words. Findings may be provided as notes (for example, in a list or as a few words or series of numbers in a table) rather than as complete sentences, depending on what may be appropriate for a given study.

2. That two (at the least) resources be consulted in completing each Guided Study, even for a study in which all of the information can be found in one comprehensive resource. At times, more than two resources may be needed to answer a given question or complete a given study.

3. That the resources you use are credible. For example, you may want to start with some of the books and journals listed in the Selected Resources provided with the initial set of Guided Studies. (Resources also will be posted on the Oregon Master Beekeeper website.) Extra care may be needed, particularly in the selection and use of Internet materials. As is well known, information on the Internet is not checked for quality or accuracy, and making such distinctions among websites may be difficult at times.

As a start, you may want to keep in mind that websites such as those of academic institutions, professional journals, professional organizations, government agencies, and libraries generally contain more credible information than Wikipedia, blogs, and websites selling a product. Wikipedia, blogs, and other sources may nonetheless lead to a primary source of information that you may want to consult for a given Guided Study. Another consideration is that websites can be altered and taken down without notice. Depending on the material, you may want to print the page or pages used as a resource—and, again, to be sure to include the date viewed.

4. That information used in the findings recorded be provided as indicated below for each study. Doing this helps ensure that references are given in enough detail that you or another person could easily locate that information at a later time for review.

For books consulted, provide author, copyright date, title, publisher, and pages consulted. (For example: Smith, A. 2010. Honey Bees (fifth edition). Harvard University Press. Pages 43, 201–211, 354.)

For journal articles consulted, provide author, year, title, journal name, volume, and page numbers, as well as pages consulted. (For example: Smith, A. 2011. A study of honey bees. Journal of Apicultural Science 5: 345–351. Page 347.)

For journal articles consulted online, provide the same as for the journal article, followed by the date of access and URL. (For example: Smith, A. 2011. A study of honey bees. Journal of Apicultural Science 5: 345–351. Page 347. 1 January 2011 <>.)

For websites consulted, provide the home URL, date consulted, and title and URL (s) of page(s) consulted. (For example: USDA Agricultural Research Service. <> 1 January 2011. Research/Morphometrics. <>.)

If you have any concerns about what is expected, please contact the committee for clarification. 

5. That each Guided Study be submitted in the same format as provided on the pages given, e.g., without altering the order of the questions, the table headings, and so forth.

You may include additional information that you may feel appropriate or useful on each topic. All of this will add to your base of knowledge and understanding of honey bees and the practice of beekeeping, and you are encouraged to make such additions. In doing so, however, please include the additional information on a separate page.

6. You may choose to answer additional questions, such as Challenge questions that will be provided over time. Please keep these in a separate area of your binder as well. Although these questions are not part of program requirements, they are provided to further guide your studies. The questions will be posted or printed in a newsletter, and selected answers (without names) will be posted or similarly printed at a later date.

7. You may also choose to and benefit from work with others in study groups for review and broader consideration of the range of topics involved at the Journey level. This is also encouraged. Whatever means may work best for you, please keep in mind that the Guided Studies are for your own use, intended to help you continue to learn and review information prior to certification. In addition, they may provide a reference for organizing information that can serve you in developing skills throughout your beekeeping life.