Pilot program

The Missouri Master Beekeeper Program is a six-level certification program being developed by MU Extension. The first two classes in this pilot program are currently being offered at several sites in the state.

Missouri Master Beekeeper Program

Due to the decline in honey bee populations and the awareness of the important role bees play in pollinating crops, interest in beekeeping is on the rise in Missouri, across the nation and around the world. In response to this interest, University of Missouri Extension developed a Missouri Master Beekeeper Program (MBP). This training and certification program will help beekeepers develop their skills through six levels of competency.

Participant requirements

The program begins with a Beginning Beekeeper level for people who are just getting started and advances through five additional levels.

All participants must enter the program at the Beginning Beekeeper level, but a beekeeper with at least three years of experience can skip the first two levels by passing written and practical examinations and serving as a mentor to less experienced beekeepers.

There is no age limit for entry into the program, though the examinations may be too difficult for children under 12 years of age.

Program requirements

The entire program requirements plan is detailed in M300, Missouri Master Beekeeper Certification Program Requirements Manual. The manual and individual fillable PDFs of the documentation forms are available from the Downloads page.

Out-of-state individual requirements

The program requirements for out of state participants are identical to those of in state participants. Those that have to take the proctored exams will need to work with their local extension office to schedule an exam. Individuals can request the video courses to meet the requirements of attending the course curriculum.

Delayed entrance into program

A beekeeper who wishes to take the first three courses for their own enrichment and education is permitted to do so without an obligation to take an examination to move from Level 1 through Level 3. If an individual wishes to then enter the certification program at a later date, no upper division courses (i.e., above Journeyman) can be taken without having shown proof of having a passing score AND the required mentoring hours for each previous level. Mentoring hours would be accepted for only the last two years.