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Guide to Intermediate and Advanced Bee Courses in Massachusetts

For all new beekeepers, we highly recommend taking a beginner bee course. These courses are offered through county bee clubsFor beekeepers who have completed a beginner bee course, there are several options for learning more... 

Master Beekeeper Certifications

Massachusetts beekeepers typically pursue a master beekeeper certification through one of the following programs:

  • The Eastern Apicultural Society offers a Master Beekeeper Certification Exam at their yearly conference (including written, oral, laboratory and field components). Beekeepers with at least 5 years of experience can apply to take the exam. 
  • Cornell University offers a 15-month Master Beekeeper Program. The program consists of four online classes, and three in-person final exams at the Dyce bee lab. Beekeepers with at least 3 years of experience can register for the course. 

Other Courses

Massachusetts

Eastern Mass.

  • Drumlin Farm (Lincoln) offers beginner and intermediate bee courses. For more info, visit the website, or check out Intermediate Beekeeping at Drumlin Farm. 
  • Wetlands Apiary (Brockton) teaches workshops on queen rearing (using the cloake board method). For more information, visit their website
  • Mass Department of Agriculture (MDAR) (Danvers) offers hands-on workshops about yearly colony management. Visit their website for more information. 

Pioneer Valley

  • Warm Colors Apiary (South Deerfield) offers workshops on queen rearing and colony management. More info on their website, and in this flyer: Warm Colors Apiary Workshops.
  • UMass Extension (Amherst) offers beekeeping workshops on a variety of topics. 
  • Mass Department of Agriculture (MDAR) (Amherst) offers hands-on workshops about yearly colony management. Visit their website for more information. 

Springfield Area

  • New England Apiaries (Southwick). More info coming soon!

Berkshires

  • Berkshire Botanic Garden (Stockbridge) offers workshops on diverse topics, including beekeeping! Check out their website for more info. 

State-Wide

  • Mass Bee hosts conferences in the Spring, Summer and Fall. More info here

Regional 

New York

  • Cornell University, Dyce Bee Lab (Ithaca) offers a queen rearing workshop, in addition to the Master Beekeeper Program (see Master Beekeeper Certifications above). For more info, visit their website

Maine

  • Maine State Beekeepers Association has a list of bee schools for the state of Maine, available here

East Coast

  • The Eastern Apicultural Society hosts a conference every summer. More info here

If you teach an intermediate or advanced level beekeeping course and would like it added to the list, reach out to Hannah Whitehead at hwhitehead@umass.edu