The primary goal of the Oregon Master Beekeeper Program is to improve and maintain the health of honey bee colonies throughout the region. To meet this goal, the program has the following objectives:
Increase knowledge and understanding of honey bees and beekeeping
Provide guidance in appropriate management and consistency in the practice of beekeeping
Encourage ongoing education of beekeepers at all levels
Create a web of beekeepers who serve as instructors and mentors to beekeepers enrolled in the program
Support and encourage participation in the regional community of beekeepers
Actively inform and increase public awareness through outreach events about the honey bee, the role of honey bees in contemporary culture, and ways to contribute to improving the health of honey bee colonies
Levels of Instruction
There is a path for all experience levels from Getting Started with Bees, Apprentice to the Apprentice Challenge. Participating beekeepers can continue to gain experience as Journey and Master students. Each Level provides opportunities and support for additional learning, practice in the field, and community service.
'Getting Started with Bees' Certificate Program
This program is the starting point in the participant’s journey into beekeeping. The emphasis here is to give the new or prospective beekeeper sufficient knowledge and experience to get started. A certificate of achievement is awarded upon completion. Once complete, the student can place his/her name on the Apprentice waiting list.
Zero to 1 year of experience, 1 to 3 years’ experience without access to a hive, those who qualify for the Apprentice Program who are unable to be assigned a mentor
At this level, the program emphasizes hands-on training with a mentor. Classroom-based and online instruction is available throughout the state. Completion of this level gives participants a solid foundation in beekeeping.