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.
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 $250
Maintain a colony of bees under their personal supervision
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.
Pass an open book written exam with a score of 90% or better
Pass a practical exam with a score of 80% or better for each section - both in-hive and lab (please note: these exams areusually 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.)
Engage in public service activities that earn 30 points and submit a worksheet detailing public service points earned
Submit responses to 12 Guided Study assignments
Own and maintain a colony of honey bees under personal management for 3 successive years
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.
As an enrolled Journey student you are offered the opportunity to attend several events each year (optional).
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