Beginning Beekeeper Class 2018 - Day One PowerPoint Slides
Beginning Beekeeper Class 2018 - Day Two PowerPoint Slides
At the certified level the individual should be familiar with the basic skills and knowledge necessary for the beginning hobby beekeeper. The individual must pass a written and practical test.
First Lessons in Beekeeping, Delaplane
Honey Bee Diseases and Pest
Symptoms, causative agent, treatments
Small Hive Beetle
Africanized Honey Bee
How bees produce
Honey & How produced
Nectar and Pollen sources
Conversion into honey-sugars
Conversion from nectar to honey
Types in S.C.
Bees/Races and Subspecies
Basic anatomy; Queen/worker/drone
Seasonal hive transformation/evolution and management
Poisoning signs & symptoms
Parts and uses of a beehive
Traits of a good bee yard
Products of the hive
Wax moth larvae
Package Bee and Queens
Key people in beekeeping; past and present
L.L. Langstroth, Harry Laidlaw, Moses Quinby, Amos I. Root, Stephen Taber III
Hive Manipulation & Honey Bee Management
If you have passed your Certified Beekeeper written exam and have kept bees or worked with a beekeeper for at least one year, you are eligible to take your practical exam. Typically this portion of the Certified testing is performed in the spring when all components of the typical working colony are present for identification. Make arrangements for your practical exam with a Journeyman, Master or Master Craftsman beekeeper.
See our Certified Exam study guide and Practical Exam guidelines below.
SCMP Certified Practical Exam
Process and Procedures
The exam should be administered during the months of April, May and June. This requirement should allow the student to have warm enough temperatures to be able to go into the brood nest and identify all stages of brood and types of bees.
The examiner will have a complete hive set up with all pieces of equipment listed on the form, ready for the student to identify. For this portion, bees are not mandatory to be in this hive. Then the student can move to a colony with bees to finish the examination.
Three (3) or more line items with a NO, constitutes a NO PASS of this exam.
Completed signed form should be sent to the South Carolina Master Beekeeper Program.
1. Light a smoker Yes _____ No _____
2. Properly smoke colony Yes _____ No _____
3. Smoker burning at end of exam Yes _____ No _____
Identify parts of the beehive
1. Hive Body Yes _____ No _____
2. Shallow Super Yes _____ No _____
3. Medium Super Yes _____ No _____
4. Bottom Board Yes _____ No _____
5. Top Cover Yes _____ No _____
6. Inner Cover Yes _____ No _____
7. Queen Excluder Yes _____ No _____
8. Feeder Yes _____ No _____
Locate and Identify
1. Queen Yes _____ No _____
2. Drone Yes _____ No _____
3. Worker Yes _____ No _____
4. Eggs Yes _____ No _____
5. Larva Yes _____ No _____
6. Pollen in comb Yes _____ No _____
7. Nectar in comb Yes _____ No _____
8. Capped Honey Yes _____ No _____
9. Capped Brood Yes _____ No _____