THE WEST VIRGINIA MASTER BEEKEEPER PROGRAM


We have entered a new era in beekeeping. Diseases and pests have made it undesirable
for beekeepers to keep to themselves in isolation from other beekeepers in their region. Working
together to keep all of West Virginia's honeybee colonies healthy is the only practical way we
can insure the health of each of our own colonies. The purpose of this program is to help the
individual improve his or her skills and knowledge of beekeeping by testing on a continuous
basis and to increase the effectiveness of the WV Beekeepers Association (WVBA) in providing
resources to the general public and the beekeeping community. This program is not a
requirement for anyone to have honeybees in the state of West Virginia or any other state.
The West Virginia Master Beekeeper Program is sponsored by the WVBA with the
assistance of the West Virginia Bee Specialist and apiary inspector. The program director is
appointed by the executive board of the WVBA. The program consists of three levels described
below. For more information contact Janet Clayton at


APPRENTICE
     A. Written Test
     B. Lab Test
     C. Field Test
     D. Belong to a local association
     E. Gets or has access to one trade journal such a Bee Culture or American Bee Journal
     F. Good general beekeeping knowledge


CERTIFIED
     A. Written Test
     B. Lab Test
     C. Oral discussion (asked general questions about beekeeping)
     D. Pass apprentice test
     E. 3 years beekeeping experience
     F. 6 units public service
     G. Enter a honey show and produce a blue ribbon quality (score 92 or above) in two different classes. Acceptable Honey Shows: Honey Festival (Parkersburg), State Fair (WV), EAS,
         Fall Meeting (WV)
          1. Baking
          2. Wax
          3. Comb honey
          4. Extracted honey

MASTER
     A. Written Test
     B. Lab Test
     C. Presentation (Speaker at Spring or Fall Meeting)
     D. Pass apprentice and certified tests
     E. 5 years beekeeping experience
     F. 12 units public service
     G. Must judge a honey show
 

ALL WRITTEN, LAB AND FIELD TESTS MUST BE PASSED WITH AN 80%

 

ACCEPTABLE PUBLIC SERVICE CREDITS

 
     A. Presentations of WVBA approved programs to beekeeping groups.
     B. Publication of beekeeping and related topic articles in journals, newsletter, etc.
     C. Serving as an officer of a local beekeeping organization, attending at least 75% of the meetings.
     D. Construction of an exhibit or working at a beekeeping exhibit open to the public at least 6 hours.
     E. Assisting 4-H members and other youths with beekeeping projects.
     F. Serving as an officer of the state beekeeping organization, attending at least 75% of the meetings.
     G. Programs/lectures/demonstrations on specific beekeeping topics to beekeeping groups.
     H. Judging honey and or beekeeping products at fairs or other competitions.
     I. Conducting courses for advanced beekeepers.
     J. One to one instruction to beginning beekeepers.
     K. Teach a section of a beekeeping class.
     L. Special programs as approved by the WVBA Board.
     M. Programs/lectures/demonstrations on beekeeping topics to non-beekeeping groups/schools.
     N. Serve as a director/representative to EAS attending at least 75% of the meetings.

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