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.

Beginning Beekeeper

To achieve the rank of Beginning Beekeeper, the candidate must complete the following requirements:

  • Be a registered beekeeper in the Missouri State Beekeepers Association, either as an individual or as a member of a family.
  • Attend a Basic Beekeeping for Beginners course.
  • Be a practicing beekeeper for at least one year.
  • Spend and document eight hours working with an experienced beekeeper mentor over the course of a year. In the program requirements manual, see Appendix A for guidelines and Addendum 1 for the documentation form.
  • Score 80 percent or higher on a written examination. The written exam can cover, but is not limited to, information taught in MU Extension beekeeping classes, Missouri Apiculture Law and material from literature on the Beginning and Apprentice Beekeeper reading list in Appendix B of the program requirements manual.

A practicing beekeeper with at least three years of experience can advance through this level by being a registered beekeeper with the Missouri State Beekeepers Association, working with an experienced beekeeper for eight hours, and passing the Beginning Beekeeper written examination with a score of at least 80 percent.