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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.   OSBA will attempt to establish four centers where training for the advanced journey (man or woman) level and master levels will be held on a rotating schedule to allow members throughout Ohio to take classes closer to home.

It has been designed by Ohio Beekeepers for Ohio Beekeepers.  There is an awareness that certified beekeeping instructors that are responsible, knowledgeable and skilled in beekeeping techniques are needed to teach others about beekeeping.    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.  Thus, the Ohio State Beekeeping Association will recognize beginning bee class instruction given by local associations that meet the standard set by the OSBA Board of Directors to be eligible for admission into the Apprentice Level of the OSBA Program, and give local associations an 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.

Master Beekeeper Program Brochure Page 1, Page 2

Approved Classes List


Master Instructors:

Bill Starrett Jim Higgins Denzil St. Claire Zale Maxwell
Roy Henderson Dwight Wells John Grafton Tim Arheit
James Tew Kim Flottum Joe Latshaw Joe Kovaleski
Jim Thompson David Heilman Paul Reuter Dana Stahlman
Tim Miklasiewicz Alex Zomchek    


Questions and Answers: (Under Development)

What do I need to do in preparing for the Hands-On Test?

Here is a bit of background to help you prepare

What is involved with the Hands-On test at the Apprentice Level?

The Hands-On test is an opportunity for you to show the Master Beekeeper Committee that you are aware of the hive activities when you visit the apiary.  Here is a copy of the test so that you will know what the Proctor will be evaluating during the test.


Application Forms:

Application for Apprentice Level Beekeeper Program

Completion Form Apprentice  Level Beekeeper Program

Application for Journey Level Beekeeper Program

Completion Form Journey Level Beekeeper Program

Master Level Application Form (Under Development)

Class Summary Pages:

Page 1

Page 2

Page 3

Page 4

Public Service Summary Page

 Presentation Confirmation Page

Permanent link to this article: http://www.ohiostatebeekeepers.org/resources/master-beekeeper-program/

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 2015 Approved Classes for 2014 Approved Classes for 2013  

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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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