Pilot program

Due to personnel changes, we are reevaluating how this pilot program will be administered in the future. Please check back for updates.

Journeyman Beekeeper

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

  • Have held the ranks of Beginning Beekeeper and Apprentice Beekeeper one year each and been a practicing beekeeper for at least three years.
  • Be a registered beekeeper with the Missouri State Beekeepers Association.
  • Attend a Journeyman-level beekeeping course.
  • Perform and document 16 hours of volunteer service as a mentor to less experienced beekeepers. In the program requirements manual, see Appendix A for guidelines and Addendum 2 for documentation form.
  • Show proof of having scored at least 80 percent on each of six computerized honey bee training modules: honey bee pests/parasites/pathogens; honey bee anatomy and behavior; pollination biology; pesticides and honeybees; social wasps and bees; and practical beekeeping. These modules will be made available online at http://extension.missouri.edu/masterbeekeeper.
  • Complete and document participation in five public service credits (see Appendix D). The Documentation of Public Service Credits form is only a supporting document and should not be the only evidence of a completed PSC. In the program requirements manual, see Appendixes D and H for documentation guidelines and Addendum 3 for the form.
  • Score 80 percent or higher on a written examination. The written test can include, but is not limited to, topics covered in previous MU Extension beekeeping classes from this or previous levels, Missouri Apiculture Law and literature on the Beginning/Apprentice and Journeyman Beekeeper reading lists in Appendix B of the program requirements manual. This exam will cover more information than the Apprentice Beekeeper exam. The testable material will closely adhere to information taught in the computerized honey bee training modules (C above).
  • Score 80 percent or higher on a practical examination. The practical examination can include, but is not limited to, identifying pests, parasites and pathogens; reading pesticide labels and determining which is the safest to use around bees; identifying several beekeeping items; examining honey labels for errors; distinguishing between bees, wasps, hornets, etc.; and identifying anatomical structures of bees, flowers, etc.