Class Information and Mentoring

Classroom Training

The Apprentice Beekeeper level includes access to classroom instruction. We offer in-person classes across Oregon. If you are unable to attend because of distance or scheduling conflicts, online versions of the classes are available. 

Locations

We currently offer classes in the following locations:

Bend, Boise ID, Clackamas, Corvallis, Eugene, Grants Pass, Hermiston, Hillsboro, Hood River, East Portland, Newport, and Pierce County WA. 


Instructors

An OMB instructor is responsible for supporting the classroom portion of the Apprentice certification program.  The instructor covers the required subject matter as outlined for each class session. The instructor ensures that the student is aware of all program approved approaches to beekeeping and provides the pros and cons of decisions around beekeeping management.

We provide training for instructors at our annual Instructor Summit, held in conjunction with the Oregon State Beekeepers Association conference each fall. 

Basic Qualifications

  • Certification as an OMB Apprentice
  • 3 or more years current beekeeping experience
  • Ability to provide students with program content in an unbiased manner
  • Demonstrable comfort level when speaking in front of a group
  • Demonstrate knowledge of techniques relevant to teaching adult learners in a classroom setting
  • Willingness to research questions/inquiries when the answer is not known
  • Ability to spend necessary time to prepare for an instruct program material

Note: Serving as an OMB Instructor earns 2 points per hour of instruction toward those required for Journey or Master Certification.


Mentors

The OMB mentor exposes students to beekeeping by demonstrating appropriate behavior and providing hands on instruction when working bees.  The mentor supports the student’s acquisition of basic field competency by means of the 4 program field worksheets. The mentor ensures that the student is aware of all program approved approaches to beekeeping and provides the pros and cons of decisions around beekeeping management.

We provide training for our mentors at our annual Mentor Appreciation Forum, held each summer on the campus of Oregon State University in Corvallis.

Basic Qualifications

  • Certification as an OMB Apprentice
  • 3 or more years current beekeeping experience
  • Ability to provide student with program content in an unbiased manner
  • Willingness to research questions/inquiries when answer is not known
  • Willingness to meet with your student(s) at least four times to sign their Field Experience Worksheets
  • Willingness to be proactive communicating with students and program administration

Note: Serving as an OMB Mentor earns 5 points per student per year toward those required for Journey or Master Certification.

Thank you, mentors, for volunteering your time and expertise. The quality of our program is a direct reflection of your efforts.