Participation Criteria

Beekeeping Demonstration

Enrollment in the Oregon Master Beekeeper Program at the Apprentice Beekeeper level begins with submission of a completed application form. Subsequent placement in the Apprentice level is based on the incoming student’s beekeeping experience.

Zero to 1 year beekeeping experience without a colony

  • Enrolled in Getting Started program
  • Completion of Getting Started requirements by September qualifies student for enrollment in Continued Learning

 1 to 4 years beekeeping experience

  •  Getting started students move to Continued Learning to complete Apprentice certification
  • Students entering with 1 to 4 years’ experience enrolled directly into Continued Learning
  • Completion of Apprentice certification requirements qualifies student for enrollment in Journey level program

5 or more years of current beekeeping experience

  • Offered the opportunity to Challenge the Apprentice certification
  • May opt to enroll in Continued Learning
  • Successful challenge to Apprentice certification requirements qualifies student for enrollment in Journey level program

Students who are in the Getting Started program are not assigned a mentor and in most cases will be accepted into the program. Students starting the program in Continued Learning need to be assigned a mentor. Assignments are based on the availability of volunteer program mentors in the student’s region.  Second year Getting Started students are assigned mentors first.

The enrollment process begins in late summer when notices to complete an application are emailed to those on the waiting list. Respondents are notified when a match with a mentor is made. At that time, the student pays the $150 enrollment fee. Before the first class, the student will receive the approved text and other related forms and materials.