Beekeeper Class

Registration is now OPEN for the 2015 Introduction to Beekeeping course, presented by Beaufort County Beekeepers. This course will prepare students to become a beekeeper, and to take the written and practical exams for the North Carolina State Beekeepers Association's Certified Beekeeper designation. Please see details below. REGISTRATION WILL CLOSE FEBRUARY 15TH.

  March 3, 10, 17, 24, 31 from 6-8 p.m. We ask that all students arrive at 5:30 p.m. on March 3 in order to complete registration forms and payment. This will ensure we begin instruction on time. Instruction will begin at 6 p.m. all other sessions. 
    Classroom instruction will be from March 3, 10, 17, and 24. Exams (written, and possibly the practical) will be conducted on March 31. Please note that the date for the practical may be moved due to weather and availability. However, it will be completed as soon as possible. Attendance for each classroom session is strongly suggested, as instructors will present different material during each of the four classroom sessions.

    Beaufort County Agricultural Building, 155-A Airport Road, Washington, NC

    $25.00. This amount will be due the March 3rd, the first classroom session. We accept cash or check. This fee covers the cost ($10) of a printed course textbook/manual, and 1-year membership ($15) to the Beaufort County Beekeepers. There are no refunds, as the the club will use its own funds to purchase the manuals for this course. The purchase order will be based on the number of registered students. We therefore kindly request that if you register for the class, please be present the first classroom session to pay the registration fee.
    For those wishing to take the Certified Beekeeper exams (written and practicum), you must be a current member of the North Carolina Beekeepers Association. The annual membership fee is $15, and is not pro-rated. Membership can be accomplished via mail. You can download and print the membership form at this URL:
    Please note that you DO NOT have to be a certified beekeeper in order to keep bees. The certification program is for those wishing to gain beekeeping credentials. 

    This course serves two purposes. First, the course content will provide those interested in beekeeping with the basic knowledge to get started keeping bees with confidence. Second, this course will prepare students to take the Certified Beekeeper exams (written and practicum). The Certified Beekeeper designation is the first level of the Master Beekeeping Program offered by the North Carolina State Beekeepers Association.

    You may register via email or phone. Registration via email is preferred. 

For registration by email, please send an email with the following contact information to for each student registering.
  • First and Last Name
  • Mailing address
  • Phone Number
  • Email

For registration by phone, please call 801-706-7527. If there is no answer, please leave a voice mail with your contact information as listed above.

Additional Information:

    We will offer raffle opportunities during each session as a club fundraising effort.
    1. 50/50 raffle tickets for $1/ticket. A winning ticket will be drawn each evening. The           winner will receive 50% of the amount collected that evening.
    2. Beekeeping tools and supplies. The club will purchase various items (e.g., a complete
       frame hive, package of bees, hive tools, etc) for this raffle. The ticket prices will be
       determined by the cost of each item. Winners will be selected during the last classroom 
       session. We will have available items on display each session.

Protective Clothing for the practicum portion of the exam: 
    We strongly suggest that each student bring their own protective gear (i.e., gloves, veil, or jacket/suit/veil combo). The club will have extra protective gear available, per availability from club members. Of course, people come in all different shapes and sizes, so the protective gear that other club members have may not fit others very well, or at all. So, just keep that in mind if you plan to go through practical exam.
    Protective gear is a matter of choice that is largely based on comfort level and fear. Those who are unfamiliar with protective gear should look into purchasing a pair of gloves and a tie down veil, at the very least. A veil, gloves, and a long sleeve shirt will provide decent protection, but you can still be stung. The occasional bee sting is part of beekeeping. Keep in mind that ALL protective clothing is limited in its level of protection. Don't be frightened. You will be fine. 

Here are some online sites from where you can purchase some protective gear. A veil like what is shown here will be sufficient:

You can find other alternatives from:

You will not need the protective gear until the last day of class(the practical)

We may also have a local gear distributor attend one of the classroom sessions. He sells beekeeping equipment, though he does not have a full catalog of items. However, he is a Brushy Mountain authorized distributor and can obtain anything they sell. The nice thing about purchasing from him is that you do not have to pay for shipping, which will save you a lot of money.

Courses offered by other chapters:
Here is a link to the North Carolina State Beekeepers Association that lists Introduction to Beekeeping courses being offered from other chapters/clubs, in case ours does not fit your schedule, or Beaufort County is a bit of a drive for you. Please visit