beekeeping online course

Nowadays, online courses and apps are extremely popular among aspiring entrepreneurs who wish to work at home or start their own business. The Internet, after all, makes it possible to reach all four corners of the globe. Over the past decade or so, an astounding number of people have assisted their big breaks by means of virtual education. Today, I would like to offer you an opportunity to learn something new, namely beekeeping.

ONLINE BEEKEEPING ACADEMY

-view anytime

-watch and refer back to as often as you need to

-access never goes away

-anyone in your household can learn with you!

-earn a completion certificate

HOW DOES IT WORK? When you make your final purchase (these are not refundable, so make sure you choose the right one!) you will immediately see a download link on the page.  If you miss it, that’s okay, because then we send you your email receipt to your inbox.  (You may need to check your spam/trash for the email.)

In the email are blue links to your download classes.  Click on the links, and up will pop the worksheets, in which the links are located.  You have these links forever, to watch over and over, as often as you need.  The links are only for you, but you can show them to anyone in your household (but can not be shared outside of your household.) Fill out the worksheets, send them to David Burns, PO Box 254, Catlin IL 61817 (allow 4 – 6 weeks for grading and processing). NOTE: While anyone in your household can watch the videos, we only send 1 certificate per purchase.  If anyone else would like a certificate, send $10 along with the worksheet packet and we will be glad to grade and issue a certificate. 

 Save the travel expenses of hotels, gas and food. No juggling schedules. Study at your own pace, when you have time. Study in the comfort of your home. You will receive download instructions on your receipt/invoice after purchase.

 “If you choose to complete my worksheets which I include in the course, I’ll personally sign and send you a certificate of completion”.  — David Burns

Hundreds of people around the country have been telling us how much they have enjoyed these online beekeeping courses. 

If you are not convinced, consider the money you have invested in bees, protective gear, hive equipment…hundreds of dollars! Please do not waste your money by failing to learn on how to keep bees…it’s harder than you realize. Please let me encourage you…without investing in a good beekeeping course, you will be throwing your money away. 

Courses:

Mite Control Course: Learn quickly and precisely how to test and control mites.  

Basic Beekeeping: Learn The Fundamentals of Beekeeping 

A Day In The Apiary With David 

Spring Management: Swarm Control, Making Splits 

Queen Rearing: How To Raise Quality Queens 

Advanced Beekeeping: A Deeper Approach To Beekeeping 

Getting Your Bees Through The Winter 


ALL SIX COURSES “THE ULTIMATE BEEKEEPING COURSE” 


BEGINNER’S PACKAGE – Includes, the Basic Course, A Day In The Apiary and Getting Your Bees Through The Winter. 

Testimonials

ULTIMATE ONLINE BEEKEEPING COURSE – ALL 6 COURSES

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PRODUCT DESCRIPTION

ULTIMATE BEEKEEPING ONLINE COURSE

This is all of our ONLINE BEEKEEPING COURSES COMBINED These are video courses taught by EAS Certified Master Beekeeper, David Burns

– BEGINNING BEEKEEPING

– SPRING: SURVIVAL, SUPERING, SWARMS & SPLITS

– ADVANCE BEEKEEPING

– QUEEN REARING FOR FUN OR PROFIT

– DAY IN THE APIARY

– WINTER: GETTING BEES THROUGH THE WINTER

Still unsure? Read the reviews from some of our students:

 “I feel I have learned a lot from your online spring management course!  You have done a great job and I look forward to the queen bee course!”     Yasmin, Canada

     “I have finished all lessons from your online beginners course.  Really great and have learned a lot….I plan on continuing with some of your other courses.”      Dennis, Georgia

    “Just wanted to let you know that I am thoroughly enjoying the Spring Management online class. I’m gonna add the others soon!”   Dan, Missouri 

    “David is so knowledgeable and teaches to my level as a new beekeeper.  He is also very encouraging. Very much appreciated.”  Rick, Illinois

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Certification Levels & Related Requirements


Certified Beekeeper

Individual should be functioning as a competent hobby beekeeper with emerging skills and knowledge for functioning at the sideline level or serving as an industry leader and ambassador.

Requirements:

  • Must have had at least one year beekeeping experience prior to sitting for exams.
  • Must pass a written and practical test.
  • The practical test includes being able to:
    • describe the parts of a beehive;
    • light and properly use a smoker;
    • recognize the various stages of brood, different castes of bees, and find or at least describe the queen;
    • differentiate between brood, pollen, capped honey;
    • recognize common diseases and disorders;
    • recognize propolis and describe its functions; and
    • describe the layout of a brood nest, i.e., placement of honey, pollen and brood.
  • The written test includes materials covered during Institute lectures and labs, as well as outside readings.

Official text for the program is the 2007 edition of First Lessons in Beekeeping, Dadant & Sons. Candidates are also encouraged to read Thomas D. Seeley’s The Wisdom of the Hive and Honeybee Democracy; Jurgen Tautz’s The Buzz about Bees: Biology of a Superorganism; and Mark Winston’s The Biology of the Honey Bee.

NOTE: The Practical portion of the Certified Beekeeper Exam has two parts – each takes approximately 15 minutes: [1] an outdoor exam (behind Maxwell Center), where you will demonstrate your skills lighting (and keeping lit) a smoker and working a beehive, and [2] an indoor exam where you will identify certain beekeeping tools & equipment.

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Journeyman Beekeeper

Individual should be functioning as a competent hobby beekeeper with the skills and knowledge for moving into sideline beekeeping if desired.

Requirements:

  • Must have two years of beekeeping experience.
  • Must have held Certified rank for at least one year. For the Journeyman level exclusively we accept applicants who hold an entry level rank equivalent to Certified from a sister Master Beekeeper program. Individuals must provide a copy of their certificate that indicates they have held the rank for at least one year..
  • Must pass a written and practical test.
  • The practical test includes:
    • identifying bee diseases (zero fail standard);
    • distinguishing between bees, wasps, hornets, and other non-bee insects
      (zero fail standard);
    • reading pesticide labels and determining which is the safest to use around bees;
    • identifying several beekeeping items;
    • examining a honey label for errors; and
    • identifying anatomical structures of a bee and a flower
  • Must have 5 public service credits (see public service requirements).
  • The written test includes materials covered during Institute lectures as well as outside readings.
  • For more information, see our Study Guide.

Official text for the program is the 2007 edition of First Lessons in Beekeeping, Dadant & Sons. Candidates are also encouraged to read Thomas D. Seeley’s The Wisdom of the Hive and Honeybee Democracy; Jurgen Tautz’s The Buzz about Bees: Biology of a Superorganism; and Mark Winston’s The Biology of the Honey Bee.

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Master Beekeeper

Individual should be able to function as a sideline or commercial beekeeper, demonstrate competence in peripheral knowledge areas, such as bee botany, business management, judging bee hive products, bee behavior or other specialty areas, and demonstrate skills in public ambassadorship for the cause of honey bees and beekeeping. Holders of the rank of Master Beekeeper are publicized on our website as a lecturers’ pool and public resource for all matters pertaining to honey bees.

Candidates are encouraged to have a thorough familiarity with material covered in Thomas D. Seeley’s The Wisdom of the Hive and Honeybee Democracy; Jurgen Tautz’s The Buzz about Bees: Biology of a Superorganism; Mark Winston’s The Biology of the Honey Bee; and J.S. Wilson & O. Messinger Carril’s The Bees in your Backyard; and J.S. Wilson & O. Messinger Carril’s The Bees in your Backyard.

Requirements:

  • Must have three years of beekeeping experience.
  • Must have held Journeyman rank at least one year.
  • Must pass a written test (over Institute lectures) and practical documentation.
  • Complete 10 units of public service work beyond that required for Journeyman (see public service requirements).
  • Practical documentation must include subspecialty #1, plus four others from this list for a total of five. Evidence for each must be presented in a portfolio as with the Public Service Credits (see public service requirements).
    1. Demonstrating theoretic knowledge of Integrated Pest Management, practical competence in its application, and personal commitment to its precepts.
    2. Winning 1st or 2nd place in any class in an authorized honey show (not to exceed 2 subspecialty credits).
    3. Winning 1st or 2nd place in an authorized competition in beeswax.
    4. Publishing article in beekeeping publication (excluding newsletters).
    5. Publishing article in a non-beekeeping publication (with at least state-wide distribution).
    6. Being recognized as a beekeeping authority in your local area by appearing on radio or TV.
    7. Documenting training in life-saving treatment of persons suffering
      from allergic reactions to insect stings from a recognized certifying
      entity such as the American Red Cross or American Heart Association.
    8. Attending at least three regional (multi-state), national or international beekeeping meetings.
    9. Conducting a program or workshop at a state, regional, national or international meeting or convention.
    10. Demonstrating competence in small-scale queen rearing.
    11. Completing a course on queen artificial insemination.
    12. Acquiring private pesticide applicator’s license.
    13. Documenting legally-licensed honey processing facility.
    14. Participating in a beekeeping research or extension project at an approved institution.
    15. Acquiring other certified bee-related training as approved by Review Board.
    16. Serving two or more years as officer of regional, national or international bee organization (need not be consecutive nor in the same organization).

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Master Craftsman Beekeeper

In addition to meeting all expectations for the earlier grades, individuals at the Master Craftsman level must demonstrate general and substantial knowledge of bee biology, bee management, and the broader impact of honey bees in ecosystems and agriculture. The successful candidate will demonstrate theoretic knowledge as well as particular expertise in one or more selected topics. Level is comparable to a graduate program in apiculture at a major U.S. university. All bullets listed below under Requirements, Communication skills, and Practical sub-specialties must be plainly and thoroughly documented in a comprehensive portfolio.  The portfolio section on research requirement must include a description of the research, a clear description of the candidate’s role in it, its outcomes, and its relevance to bee science or beekeeping. There is a premium placed on direct involvement of the candidate in the research effort. Sub-specialties 3, 4, 5, 6, 8, 10 and 11 are heavily portfolio-dependent. Items 1, 2, 7, 9 are more oral exam-dependent. There is a zero fail tolerance on sub-specialties 1 and 2. Candidates are asked to advise program directors of their intentions to sit for the exam at least one month in advance, as arrangements must be made for external examiners.

Candidates are encouraged to have a thorough familiarity with material covered in Thomas D. Seeley’s The Wisdom of the Hive and Honeybee Democracy; Jurgen Tautz’s The Buzz about Bees: Biology of a Superorganism; Mark Winston’s The Biology of the Honey Bee; and J.S. Wilson & O. Messinger Carril’s The Bees in your Backyard.

Requirements:

  • Must have at least two years experience at the Master Beekeeper Level.
  • Must complete 15 units of public service work beyond that required for Master Beekeeper (see public service requirements).
  • Must present program at YHC / UGA Beekeeping Institute.
  • Demonstrate communication skills.
  • Demonstrate practical experience in a minimum of seven subspecialties. Evidence for each must be presented in a portfolio as with the Public Service Credits (see public service requirements).
  • Participate substantially in a university sponsored research project.
  • Pass an oral test.

Communication skills:

  • Nominee must present program at state beekeeper conference. Program may be in the form of a general presentation, workshop, or similar activity.
  • Nominee must complete two of the following activities:
    1. Prepare and publish article in beekeeping journal.
    2. Prepare and publish article on bees or beekeeping in non-beekeeping publication.
    3. Be interviewed on radio, TV or podcast regarding honey bees and/or beekeeping.
    4. Be featured in a news media article regarding honey bees and/or beekeeping.

Practical subspecialties:

Nominee must complete items 1-4 and at least an additional three from items 5-11 of the following:

  1. Ability to diagnose and treat various bee diseases.
  2. Ability to diagnose and treat various bee pests.
  3. Be trained in emergency treatment of insect stings.
  4. Organize and conduct a training program for beekeepers.
  5. Competency in queen rearing.
  6. Competency in producing and packaging honey for sale.
  7. Competency in the use of honey bees in crop pollination.
  8. Competency in removing bees from a structure.
  9. General knowledge of Africanized honey bees.
  10. Competency in another pre-approved area.
  11. Service as an officer of a bee organization at national level or higher (need not be consecutive nor in the same organization).

Oral examination

Nominee is tested by at least three individuals, including Extension apiculturist.

Candidate is tested on one specific area of his or her choice as well as on general knowledge bee biology and beekeeping. Candidate is encouraged to read the 2007 edition of First Lessons in Beekeeping; Winston, M.L. 1987. The Biology of the Honey Bee; and Seeley, T.D. 1995. the Wisdom of the Hive.

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