Apprentice Student FAQ
Q: How do I change my password?
A: Everyone was assigned a generic password when accounts were created. To change this, log in to the Reporting System. Click the tab ‘My User Profile’ and you will be prompted to create a new password.
Q: Where can I find the Apprentice Exam?
A: When you log in to the Reporting System, select ‘Apprentice Documents’ from the Apprentice Menu. Scroll down until you find the Apprentice Exam, or enter “exam” in the search field. Click view and save a copy of the pdf to your computer.
Q: Do I have to wait until classes have ended to take the exam?
A: No, you may work on the exam any time you are ready. It is open book and untimed.
Q: I know I need 6 education points in total, but don’t know how many I’ve accumulated. Where can I find this information?
A: Log in to the Reporting System. The black bar contains tabs that give you a summary of the points that you have entered into your account, and shows your progress to date. The orange bar contains tabs that allow you to enter in new information.
Q: How do I record my progress in the program?
A: Education points and class hours should be entered directly into the Reporting System. Colony logs, field worksheets, and the exam are documents that can all be uploaded to the System - see question above. Log sheets included in your student folder should be used as a hard copy for your records. Please refer to the document ‘OMB Website Highlights’ included in your student folder.
Q: How do I submit my colony log? Do I need to send my whole notebook to you?
A: We only need to see four examples of your note-taking – ideally one example from each season. Uploading photos or scanned pages from your notes is fine.
Q: Only 10 class attendance points (in-person or online) are required, but I attended all 16 hours of instruction. What happens to those extra points?
A: We encourage everyone to attend or watch all of the classes! A bonus is that the extra 6 points can be logged as Education Points once the 10 Class Attendance points have been earned.
Q: Do I have to attend classes in person?
A: No! We understand that people are busy, and sometimes they either don’t have an in-person class in their area or have a scheduling conflict that prevents attendance. We will have high quality recorded classes available for you to view online.
Q: How do I access the recorded classes?
A: Currently, these classes are still in development. When available for viewing (January 2020), program admin will send an email with specifics on how to access the classes online.
Q: I’m watching the online classes, but have a question. How do I get it answered?
A: Each online class will have an associated discussion board for you to post your question. Additionally, we are working on developing a way to have a monthly online live-streamed forum at OSU where you can ask questions. Stay tuned for more details!
Q: Do I have to wait for my mentor to call me to schedule a field meeting?
A: No – we encourage our mentors to initiate contact with you. But if you’re ready to get a meeting on your calendar, please reach out to them!
Q: When do I click the ‘Ready to Certify’ button?
A: When you have completed all of the requirements for certification, and all points and documents have been uploaded to the Reporting System, you should click the Ready to Certify Button. This will generate an email to program admin for us to verify your certification status. We will contact you with your status!
Q: Where is the Journey level application?
A: Once program admin has communicated that you have successfully achieved Apprentice certification, we will email you a link to the Journey application. It can also be found under the Apprentice Menu when you log in to the Reporting System.
Q: Do I have to wait until January to start the Journey program?
A: No! The Journey level is self-paced, and can be started any time.
Q: How do I sign up to attend Friday in the Apiary (FITA)?
A: FITA is an in-person event held monthly on the OSU campus in conjunction with the OSU Honey Bee Lab. Visit the main Oregon Master Beekeeper website and scroll down to the Friday in the Apiary link on the left menu bar. From there, you can register to be on the notification/mailing list for FITA. Each month, an email will be sent to you with a mandatory RSVP link. Space is limited!