MASTER BEEKEEPER PROGRAM FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS


1. Who may participate in the program?
     Any individual with an interest in honeybees and beekeeping is invited to participate in
     this program. All examinations will be given within the state. Must have had bees for a
     minimum of 2 years.


2. What is the cost for participating in the program?
     Apprentice: $5 to take the test, $3 to re-take test, $2 on passing
     You will receive a certificate
     Certified: $5 to take the test, $3 to re-take the test, $6 on passing
     You will receive a certificate and a WV Certified Beekeeper Pin
     Master: $5 to take the test, $3 to re-take the test, $10 on passing
     You will receive a certificate, a WV Master Beekeeper Pin and a Plaque


3. How old can public service credit's be and still count?
     Credits can be no more than 3 years old and still count.


4. How do I document my public service credits?
     There is a public service credit form that you bring with you for each test taken so the
      instructor can see that you have completed this requirement. At a minimum document
     what you did (ie. Gave presentation to Barbour County Beekeepers on spring
     management) and where and when you did it.


5. Can I do the same public service credit more than once?
     Yes. Only exception is limit for serving as an officer of a beekeeping club for 2 years.


6. What books are good to study for the test?
     Belonging to a local association, reading the beekeeping magazines and working your
     bees are the best ways to prepare for the tests. The books that are recommended to
     further prepare you are ABC to XYZ of Bee Culture, The Hive and the Honeybee, The
     Beekeeper's Handbook by Diana Sammataro, Honey Bee Parasites, Pests, Predators and
     Diseases.


7. What kind of questions are on each test?
     There are no true/false and no fill in the blanks. Most questions ask you for an
     explanation of why something was done, to explain how to do something or to list items
     pertaining to a situation. The lab questions ask you what an item is and how it is used,
     how you use an item or to show the instructor how to use the equipment.


8. What is the difference between each level?
     The apprentice is the beginner level. This tests your basic beekeeping knowledge. The
     certified level is the intermediate level. This tests your knowledge in more advance skills
     like re-queening, dividing hives, and entering honey shows. The master level is the
     advanced level. This tests your knowledge of relating skills and knowledge to a
     beekeeper on their level. At this level you know several different ways to do things, but
     can help a beekeeper decide which way is best for them. At the master level you should
     be able to judge a honey show.


9. Can I help to judge a honey show and take a part in the beekeeping exam at the same time?
      Yes. Each exam will take you approximately 1 to 2 hours to complete.


10. How long do I have to complete the program?
     There is no time limit for completion of the program. The next level is when you are
     ready for it. Only time limit exists for the service credits.

 

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