History of the Master Beekeeper Program

The N.C. Master Beekeeper Program (MBP) was designed by Dr. John Ambrose and established in the fall of 1982. Its purpose is to provide an infrastructure whereby beekeepers can improve their beekeeping skills and knowledge.  It also serves as a means of providing valuable information to beekeepers and the public through various outreach services.

Prior to 2011 the MBP was run thru Dr. David Tarpy of the North Carolina State University and the North Carolina Extension Office.  With financial cutbacks in the NC state budget, the Master Beekeeper program was terminated at NCSU, and picked up by the North Carolina State Beekeepers Association.

The North Carolina State Beekeepers Association (NCSBA) created a MBP committee.  The committee is mainly to help with the Certified, Journeyman, Master, and Master Craftsman programs, including testing, grading and reporting the results.  Additionally, the MBP Committee keeps a database for all levels of the program, and is responsible for issuing the proper certificated for each level and obtaining the medallion and name tag for the Master and Master Craftsman levels.