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.

Junior Master Beekeeper

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

  • Have held the ranks of Beginning Beekeeper, Apprentice Beekeeper and Journeyman Beekeeper for at least one year each and been a practicing beekeeper for at least four years.
  • Be a registered beekeeper with the Missouri State Beekeepers Association.
  • Attend a Junior Master-level beekeeping course.
  • Perform 20 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.
  • Complete and document three additional public service credits beyond those required for the Journeyman Beekeeper level (see Appendix D). In the program requirements manual, see Appendixes D and H for documentation guidelines and Addendum 3 for the form.
  • Declare a major (see Appendix E), and demonstrate/document expertise in two credits within the major. We refer to these as "major credits." In the program requirements manual, see Appendixes E and H for documentation guidelines and Addenda 4 and 5 for the forms.
  • Score 80 percent or higher on a written examination. The written examination can include but is not limited to materials covered during MU Extension beekeeping classes from this or previous levels, Missouri Apiculture Law and material from literature on the reading lists in Appendix B of the program requirements manual.