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Beginner Beekeeping Course

Are you interested in learning about bees or how to become a beekeeper?
Beekeeping can be done on a smaller scale at home in the urban environment as well as in rural areas. Many CABA beekeepers have a single hive or a few hives in their backyards which flourish and not only aid our community by increasing the overall population and gene-pool of honeybees; but also provide them with robust vegetable gardens and a fun interesting hobby to share with family and friends...not to mention the side-product of some delicious honey
If you would like to attend our next course, please see the details below and submit the registration form.
Charleston Area Beekeepers Association logo - bee sipping nectar from flower from lawnchair on beach with Charleston skyline in the background

Charleston Area Beekeepers Association

Beginner Beekeeping Course 

January 16-17, 2016

February 6-7, 2016 at Sewee Center

Thank you for your interest!
Both classes have sold out! 

Thanks to all of the interest in the community!

New information about 2017 classes will be posted soon.

Visitors are welcome to attend an upcoming CABA monthly meeting to network with other experienced and meet new beekeepers! 

View details and a map on our home page here.



Class Format:
 2-day Beginner Beekeeping Course

Sat & Sun, Jan 16-17, 2016 from 9a-5p
Class begins promptly at 9am. Please arrive 15-30 minutes early on Saturday to sign-in.

MUSC Gazes Auditorium
 Room 125 in
Thurmond/Gazes Bldg.
114 Doughty Street
corner of Courtenay Dr.
Charleston, SC 29401
(across from Ashley River Tower)
Course Fee Includes: Course fee is $75 and includes the following:
  • Beekeeping book/training materials/instruction/cookies or light refreshment
    Bring your own non-alcoholic beverage in a sports bottle or insulated coffee mug
  • There is no refrigeration or ice machine available at the classroom.
  • Hands-on hive visit with a beekeeper at a working honeybee hive is included in price - the hive visit is not conducted during the class; it is scheduled when weather is warm enough to enter a hive without harming bees (probably in mid-March).
  • 1 year annual membership in South Carolina Beekeepers Assn. (Jan - Dec) ($10)
  • 1 year annual membership in Charleston Area Beekeepers Assn. (Jan - Dec) ($35)
  • Mentor assistance - CABA members can aid you in getting started, for example, assistance selecting equipment, installing your first bee package, or assembling your hive. Some members request a small fee.
  • Discounted price (approx. $30 discount per package) for live bees purchased in CABA bulk order.
  • We recommend you study to become a Certified SC Beekeeper. A written and practical exam are required. Review details about the SC Master Beekeeping Program
CABA will offer the written exam for Certified level at the end of class on Sunday, approximately 4pm. A fee of $10 (cash/check only) will be collected at the point when you pick up your exam packet. (This exam is optional and the fee is not included in the course fee.)

Class is full! Thank you for your interest!

We welcome donations to help us continue in our mission to provide community outreach and educational opportunities such as beekeeping classes. 

Please make checks payable to CABA

To mail a donation, please send check to:
PO Box 1982
Mount Pleasant, SC 29464

If you would like to be included in our email list, please send your email address with your donation or email us at: charlestonbees@gmail.com
 Refunds:Please note: Refunds are not issued unless cancellation is received at least 7 days prior to beginning of class.
If you cannot attend, please email charlestonbees@gmail.com to cancel as soon as possible so a person on the wait-list may attend in your slot.
Contact information:
  • CABA members agree to share email and phone with other CABA and SCBA members via private roster to facilitate club business and communications.We collect your current email address and telephone number at registration to contact you about course details.
  • CABA will keep your information secure and we will never sell your personal information.
  • If you want to host a hive, we recommend you discuss equipment, hive location, etc. with an experienced beekeeper before you purchase or start a hive.
Hive visit:
  • Beekeeping equipment is not required to attend the course or hive visit.  To avoid chilling/killing bees, the hive visit will be scheduled at a later date in early spring when weather conditions permit.
  • If you do not have beekeeper equipment (suit/veil/gloves), alert the instructor and regardless of how hot it may be, wear a long-sleeved jacket, long pants, closed shoes, and bring leather gloves.
  • Do not wear fuzzy or furry clothing. Light colors are preferable.
  • Eye protection is required. Snug-fitting safety glasses are acceptable for the hive visit. Alert the instructor in advance that you need eye protection; some equipment may be available to share.
  • If you have a smoker you are encouraged to bring it and learn to use it.
  • Bee stings are rare, but not impossible. By attending, you agree to sign a liability release and accept all responsibility for your own safety. As there is limited space around the hive, hive visit participation is extended to course attendees not guests or bystanders. 

Lunch is one hour and is not included in the fee. Class will reconvene promptly in 1 hour.  You are welcome to bring your lunch and eat at the class location.

Questions:  charlestonbees@gmail.com
Meetings:         We welcome guest presenters at our monthly meetings. If you have information relevant to beekeeping you would like to share, please contact us!
 Register:Thank you very much for your interest in the course! 
The courses offered in January and February 2016 have sold-out.  New information will be posted on our home page charlestonbees.org and CABA Facebook. 
Thank you! We look forward to seeing you soon!