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Ohio State Beekeepers Certified Master Beekeeper Program

Ohio State Beekeepers Association introduced the Master Beekeeper Program in 2012.  Over 100 individuals had a hand in creating the present documents that make up the program.

The Ohio Master Beekeeper Program is an intensive four step program – A beginning/Apprentice level, a Journey (man or woman) level, a Masters level, and a Master Instructor Level.  Certification by OSBA is designed to give participants the opportunity to increase their beekeeping knowledge.  OSBA will provide certificates to all individuals who complete the requirements for each individual level.  Instruction will be provided through a number of class/seminar/workshops certified by OSBA.  

It has been designed by Ohio Beekeepers for Ohio Beekeepers.  Keep in mind that this is a new program and all new programs have growing pains.   The Ohio Plan involves local beekeeping associations working with the Ohio State Beekeepers Association.   Local associations have the opportunity to seek endorsement by OSBA for workshops and seminars they sponsor to count for credit hours toward the Journey Level for those enrolled in the Ohio State Master Beekeeping Program.

To be involved in this program, one needs to be a member of OSBA.

Ohio Certified Master Beekeeper Program – Rules and Procedures Manual

For application forms and all other forms see the manual above.

Questions and Answers

Approved Classes List


Any questions an correspondence concerning the program can be addressed to




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Approved Classes

The classes below have been approved for credit towards the Ohio State Beekeepers Certified Master Beekeeping Program.   This list is not comprehensive and is subject to revision. Approved Classes for 2016Approved Classes for 2015 Approved Classes for 2014Approved Classes for 2013 

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Master Beekeeper Program – Questions and Answers

The majority of questions can be answered by reading the Rules and Procedures Manual for this program.   Additional questions are posted and answered below.  If you have any other questions or any question specific to your status in the program, please send them to  What do I need to do in preparing for the Hands-On more »

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Pre Approved Classes

The classes below have been pre-approved for credit towards the master beekeeping program.    The class instructor still must request a class code for each presentation given before the class.

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  1. Bryan

    Where do you start if this is your first year in beekeeping?

    1. Terry LiebermanSmith

      Thank you for contacting OSBA regarding the exciting Master Beekeeper Program. Our Chairperson for the MBP, can help you with your questions. You can contact him at masterbeekeeper@ohiostatebeekeepers.org

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