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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


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. 
  • The Norfolk County Beekeepers Association offers an intermediate bee school, in addition to their beginner classes. 

Pioneer Valley

  • They Keep Bees (Montague) offers free online queen rearing classes, as well as hands-on in-person classes at a sliding scale. Check out their upcoming offerings March 15, 2023 (Virtual) and summer 2023 (hands-on). To learn more about all workshops, visit their website or check out this video.
  • 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.
  • 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!


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


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


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 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