The NCSBA offers many opportunities to improve your beekeeping skills.
Every year, NCSBA chapters conduct bee schools to help new beekeepers get on the right foot. The schools are varied, with prices ranging between free and $150, one day to four months, and vary in their approach. Check around your location for the best fit.
Chapter Bee School Courses
If a chapter is not listed, the course may already have begun, no courses are being offered in that chapter, or that chapter has chosen not to be listed on the NCSBA web site. However, courses which have already begun are still listed on the calendar. If the date for a school has already past, you may want to contact the chapter directly to see when their next scheduled class will be or if you can join in on a course already started.
- Dec 9, 2023, 9:00 am: Onslow County - I Think I Want to be a Beekeeper
- Jan 13, 2024, All day: Beekeepers of the Neuse - Beginning Beekeeping Class
- Jan 13, 2024, 9:00 am: Chatham County - Introduction to Beekeeping Course
- Jan 16, 2024, 6:45 pm: Durham County Beekeepers - Beginning Beekeeping Class
- Jan 16, 2024, 7:00 pm: Orange County, NC - Introduction to Beekeeping Course
- Jan 18, 2024, 6:00 pm: Sampson County Beekeepers - Beginning Beekeeping Class
- Jan 23, 2024, 7:00 pm: Wake County Beekeepers - Beginning Beekeeping Class
- Jan 27, 2024, 12:00 pm: Onslow County - Journeyman Prep Class
- Feb 1, 2024, 7:00 pm: Guilford County - Beginning Beekeeping Class
- Feb 3, 2024, 8:00 am: Onslow County Beginning Beekeeping Class
- Feb 3, 2024, 9:00 am: Iredell County Beginning Beekeeping Course
- Feb 7, 2024, 6:30 pm: Alamance County Beekeepers - Beginning Beekeeping Class
- Feb 17, 2024, 8:30 am: Five County Beekeepers - Beginning Beekeeping Class
- Mar 16, 2024, 9:00 am: Yadkin County Beekeepers - Beginning Beekeeping Class
NC State Apiculture Program Beekeeper Education & Engagement System (BEES)
BEES is a new online resource for beekeepers at all levels offered by the NC State Apiculture Program. The system is entirely internet based and open to the public.The structure of the BEES network is broken into three ascending levels of difficulty (Beginner, Advanced, and Ambassador) and three general areas of content (honey bee biology, honey bee management, and the honey bee industry).
Enrollment is a la carte; you can pick and choose exactly which courses you want! There are no mandates or pre-requisites for taking any BEES course (you do not have to take one in order to take another). No prior experience necessary (or special equipment) Pick and choose individual topics/courses Learn at your own pace (30-day access, although majority of participants finish within the first week)
Read more at: https://entomology.ces.ncsu.edu/apiculture/bees/