NC State Apiculture Program, Beekeeper Education & Engagement System (BEES)

BEES Online “Beginner” Bee School

Start Date: Online – At your convenience
Number of Sessions: 3 sessions of independent study; 15 lectures for a total of 5.31 hours of online instruction; 4th session live Q&A with instructor
Day of Week and Time: No restriction, except for 4th session
Where: Online through Collaborate Webinar Software
Cost: $48
Sponsor: NC State University and Cooperative Extension Service
Class Description: Each week will cover each course in the ‘Beginner’ level of the BEES network:

  • Week 1-BEES 1.01: Basic honey bee biology and life history (5 lectures, 1.66 hours total instruction)
  • Week 2-BEES 1.02: Introduction to beekeeping and hive management (6 lectures, 1.95 hours total instruction)
  • Week 3-BEES 1.03: Importance of bees and beekeeping to society (4 lectures, 1.71 hours total instruction)
  • Week 4-Collaborate Q&A with instruction

Participants will be responsible for reviewing the week’s online materials on their own time. Taken together, the three courses create a condensed bee school of ~5.5 hours and 15 lectures total aimed at taking a complete novice to the point where they feel comfortable in starting their own hives. Each of the three “Beginner” courses has an associated quiz, which is online and automatically graded in order to receive a downloadable personal eCertificate of completion. However, note that the BEES network is neither intended to replace nor supplant any existing Master Beekeeper Program, so passing (or even taking) these tests is not necessary and has no bearing on any MBP requirements. That said, these courses should be sufficient training to enable students to pass introductory (e.g., ‘Certified’) level tests for most MBPs, but separate arrangements need to be made for those programs.

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