Journey Beekeeper Level

Welcome to the Journey Level!

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. The Journey Beekeeper gains and is able to demonstrate  increasing skill and expertise with honey bees and colony management, expands knowledge and understanding of bees and their stewardship, and provides community service by sharing information about honey bees and beekeeping with the beekeeping community and the general public.

The objectives for a person working toward certification at the Journey Beekeeper level reflect experience and time spent in classroom and field settings, ability to work independently, broad knowledge of and work in the various areas involved in beekeeping, and time spent sharing knowledge and understanding with others.

Participation Criteria

To enroll in the Journey Beekeeper level, the participant needs to

  • Be certified as an Apprentice Beekeeper in the Oregon Master Beekeeper Program
  • Submit a completed application form
  • Pay a nonrefundable fee of $200
  • Maintain a colony of bees under his/her personal supervision

Certification Requirements

To be certified as a Journey Beekeeper the participant must satisfy six (6) requirements.  It is expected that these requirements will be accomplished within 3 years of acceptance into the Journey program.  An extension may be granted upon request.

  1. Pass an open book written exam with a score of 90% or better
  2. Pass a practical exam with a score of 80% or better for each section - both in-hive and lab (please note: these exams are usually scheduled during the summer and are typically offered twice. They are given in Corvallis at the OSU campus, so please plan ahead for travel arrangements.)
  3. Engage in public service activities that earn 30 points and submit a worksheet detailing public service points earned
  4. Submit responses to 12 Guided Study assignments
  5. Own and maintain a colony of honey bees under personal management for 3 successive years
  6. Submit a log of colony management documenting continuous management activities for 3 successive years  

Public Service Points

Educating the general public as well as fellow beekeepers is a major component of the Oregon Master Beekeeper Program.  Public service is a key element of the Journey Beekeeper level certification. During the Journey program, participants demonstrate their knowledge and skills by giving back to the community and other beekeepers.

Public Service activities educate and serve others in a number of ways, and include talking about bees in schools, collecting swarms, writing articles, and organizing or staffing booths at public events.  

Guided Study Assignments

The completion of 12 Guided Studies is another requirement for the Journey Beekeeper level of the Oregon Master Beekeeper Program. Effective March 1, 2019, new Journey students are required to complete the guided study, OMB Web Knowledge, before submitting additional guided studies. The two Guided Studies on Varroa are also mandatory; the other 9 are the student's choice. It is suggested that one Guided Study per quarter be done in order to complete the 12 within 3 years. The Guided Studies provide an opportunity to: 

Guided Studies are done on a “completed/not completed” basis according to the criteria provided.  The assignments are available as downloads from the website. Completed assignments can be submitted at any time during the program. At the time you apply for Journey-level certification, a minimum of 12 Guided Studies will need to be documented.


As an enrolled Journey student you are offered the opportunity to attend several events each year (attendance not required). 

Journey Lab Day - held each spring on the Oregon State University campus, this event provides guided dissection and analysis of the honey bee with a microscope

Journey Field Day - held early summer at the Oak Creek Center for Urban Horticulture at Oregon State University, this event provides the opportunity to hear guest speakers, watch in-hive demonstrations, take your Journey practical exam, and network with fellow students.

Journey Institute - this occurs each fall in conjunction with the Oregon State Beekeepers Association conference, and features two to three guest speakers 

Computer Access

Students participating in the Oregon Master Beekeeper program are required to have access to a computer, tablet or other means to send/receive email and to access the internet. Access to email and the web are essential for students in the program.

Email provides an efficient means to communicate with the many students in all levels of the program.  Each student account requires an email address as part of the set up. Internet access allows students to access resources, exams, class videos, progress reports, etc.  The ability to download and later upload program materials is also dependent upon web access. 

If you do not have access to a computer or other means of communicating electronically, please let us know. 

Journey Beekeeper Program Fees

Program fees are currently set at $200, which includes all program materials, exams, and access to field day events. Fees are non-refundable.


Journey Beekeeper Application 

Applicants must be Certified Apprentice Beekeepers and own at least one honey bee colony. Please review the Journey Level program overview and requirements before applying. Apprentices can access the Journey application when they are logged in to the Reporting System. 

When we receive your application, we will notify you of your acceptance into the Journey Beekeeper program. You may then submit your fee online or by mail. Upon receipt of your fee, we will send you a Journey Beekeeper Level packet with all the necessary information to get started.

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