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.

Certification levels

The MBP trains and educates beekeepers on new techniques, equipment, potential problems, and tips and tricks to improve their beekeeping skills. Participants serve as bee ambassadors to beginning beekeepers, the public and their communities by teaching and serving as University of Missouri Extension volunteers, and may later choose to work as paid independent consultants.

The six levels of training and advancement in the Missouri Master Beekeeper Program are:

  • Beginning Beekeeper
  • Apprentice Beekeeper
  • Journeyman Beekeeper
  • Junior Master Beekeeper
  • Master Trainer Beekeeper
  • Certified Master Beekeeper

Each level takes at least one full year to complete. Opportunities for advancement in the program only occur on exam days after all requirements for acceptance into the next level have been met.

Program board

A program board administers the MBP. Members of the board provide training for program participants, develop educational materials used in the program, create and administer certification exams, and oversee all logistical components of the program. The members of the board are:

  • Moneen Jones, entomologist and MBP director, Division of Plant Sciences, Fisher Delta Research Center, University of Missouri; jonesmon@missouri.edu

  • James Ellis, associate professor of entomology, Department of Entomology and Nematology, University of Florida; jdellis@ufl.edu
  • Raymond Nabors, apiarist and retired University of Missouri Extension entomologist; raymond.a.nabors@gmail.com
  • Sam Crowe, Missouri commercial beekeeper for 35 years; samcrowe61@gmail.com

Program participants should keep the MBP director informed of any changes to their mailing address, email address or phone number in case there is a need to contact them during their enrollment. If at any point a participant wishes to discontinue the program, he or she should contact the MBP director.