Master Beekeeper Level

Welcome to the Master Level!

The Master Beekeeper is the third of three successive certification levels in the Oregon Master Beekeeper Program. The Master Level is a rigorous program that will challenge students to demonstrate proficiency in specialized areas of beekeeping. Students have the flexibility to design their own program within specified guidelines. Our goal is to produce competent ambassadors who can share their knowledge with beekeeping peers and the general public.

The objectives of a person working toward certification at this level reflect an ability to interpret and assess scientific literature, conduct an individual research or outreach project, and provide service to the community.

Master Level Certification Requirements


Read assigned research article(s) and write a critique based on the scientific method.

Review and critique research articles that illustrate the scientific method and those that do not. Optional service points can be earned by those who present their work in quarterly conference calls. Points can be also be earned by students who “attend” the presentation and actively participate. The quarterly meetings are meant to stimulate ideas and conversation among Master level students.


Participate in an Extension/outreach project (Option A) or a University-sponsored scientific research project (Option B).

Master level students have accumulated a significant amount of knowledge in honey bees and beekeeping over the years, yet many will likely find that they will never stop learning in this continuously evolving field. The goal of completing extension or scientific research projects is to step up learning with rigor and planning. The projects require the identification of a problem or situation and the development of specific goals in which to address the problem. These projects take careful planning in order to execute a quality event or study, and they require follow-up to determine if goals were met.


Developing proficiency

Developing proficiency in different areas of a field sets the stage for becoming an expert. Careful planning, learning new techniques, fine tuning existing skills, and establishing a measure of success are all crucial components in developing proficiency in any area. In beekeeping, there are abundant avenues in which to become proficient. This requirement is intended to give the Master student the opportunity to craft a plan, successfully execute tasks, and assess achievement of proficiency in an area of their choice, as well as demonstrate proficiency in the honey bee pests and pathogens. While students will learn and become competent in these areas, they will also establish framework for developing proficiencies in other areas in the future.

Required area of proficiency: Honey bee pests and diseases

All Master Level students should have expertise in honey bee pests (especially Varroa mites) and pathogens. To demonstrate proficiency, complete an assessment covering details of honey bee pests, pathogens, and their management.

Additional area of proficiency new to you:

Identify a subject of beekeeping that interests you and in which you have little experience.


Earn 100 service points


Pass an oral exam

Please note: The exam is scheduled once a year if there are students qualified and ready. It is given in Corvallis at the OSU campus, so please plan ahead for travel arrangements.

Master 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.

Master Beekeeper Application

Please review the Master Level program overview and requirements before applying. Journeys can access the Master application when they are logged in to the Reporting System.

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