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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 

Congratulations to all of our new beekeepers!

We will publish information here about upcoming beekeeping classes when available. We normally host a beekeeping course in mid-January. 

If you would like to be notified when the next course is available, please email  charlestonbees@gmail.com

Thanks for your interest! 

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

View details and link to a map from our home page here


Class Format:
 2-day Beginner Beekeeping Course

 Class meets all day on Sat and Sun 8:30a-5p 

Advance registration is required.
Confirmation in course will be emailed upon receipt of payment.
Please plan to arrive between 8:00-8:30am 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 per person and includes the following:
  • Beekeeping book/training materials/instruction/cookies or light refreshment
    Bring your own non-alcoholic beverage in a spill-proof 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 permit entering 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 mentors request a small fee.
  • Discounted price (approx. $30 discount per package) for live bees purchased through club members' bulk order process.
  • Membership discount to attend State-sponsored conferences
  • We encourage beekeepers to study to become a State Certified Beekeeper. A written and practical exam are required. Review details about the South Carolina Master Beekeeping Program
You will be eligible to take the written exam after the class. CABA will offer the State 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 State fee of $10 to sit for the exam is not included in the CABA Beekeeping course fee.) Beekeepers are eligible to make arrangements to take the State practical exam after beekeeping in the state for at least one year. 

Registration and Payment:
Please complete this registration form. (Registration link will be made live when a class is open for registration.)

Bring cash or check with your completed registration form to a monthly meeting or mail with check (make check payable to "CABA"):

PO Box 14374
Charleston,  SC  29422
We must have the completed registration form along with your payment to send registration confirmation and class materials. 

Registration for this course closes on: 
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 provide you with course materials/details.
  • CABA 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 prior to beginning a hive.
Hive visit:
  • Beekeeping equipment is not required to attend the course or hive visit.  To avoid chilling/killing bees or brood, the hive visit will be scheduled in early spring when warmer weather conditions permit.
  • If you do not have beekeeper equipment (suit/veil/gloves), alert the instructor in advance of the hive visit 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. Wearing light colored shirts is best.
  • 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 paid course participants only. No 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!
 Thank you!Thank you for your interest! By participating in this course, you help support bees and aid CABA in our mission to provide outreach and educational opportunities for the community. 
Please review our home page charlestonbees.org and visit us on Facebook!
We look forward to seeing you soon!