Certification

EAS Master Beekeepers Certification Program
Overview

The purpose of the Master Beekeeper certification program is to identify and certify people who have a detailed knowledge of honey bee biology, expertise in the proper practices of beekeeping, and can present this information to the beekeeping and non-beekeeping public in a detailed, accurate, clear and authoritative manner. The goal of this program is to certify that those who are awarded the Master Beekeepers Certificate are competent at a college level in the four areas where they are tested.

The certification program will be conducted in conjunction with the annual EAS Conference. Certification will be coordinated by personnel who are designated by the Master Beekeeper Organization.

ELIGIBILITY: Any experienced beekeeper is eligible to apply for certification as a Master Beekeeper.  The applicant must be a member of EAS at the time the exam is taken.  Persons interested in applying should have a minimum of 5 years as a serious beekeeper in some aspect of apiary management such as a very dedicated hobbyist, a commercial beekeeper, working for a commercial beekeeper or as an apiary inspector. Also, it is helpful if applicants have completed the equivalent of a college level course in beekeeping. An applicant should be well read in apicultural literature. In addition, a Recommendation of Candidate for EAS Master Beekeeper Examination in support of the individual seeking Master Beekeeper Certification must be submitted by the application deadline. This recommendation may be supplied by a current master beekeeper, professional beekeeping specialist or current president of a local, state or regional beekeeping organization with whom the applicant has a long standing personal association. The recommendation can be submitted with the application or can be sent separately but must be received by the application deadline. 

APPLICATION: Persons wishing to take the Master Beekeeper Certification Exam should submit the application and recommendation by email to  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , or by mail to Carol Cotrill, EAS Certification Committee, 164 Wyman Hill Road, Rumford, ME. 04276. The application and Recommendation of Candidate for EAS Master Beekeeper Examination form can be downloaded here; Exam Form   Recommendation Form.  If you are unable to download these forms, write the Certification Committee at the address above or send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. asking for an application. The deadline for application is July 1st. All applications and letters of nomination must be received by July 1st deadline. The number of applicants accepted may be governed by the facilities available for testing. Applications will be accepted on a first-come, first-serve basis.

RETAKING A SECTION OF THE EXAM: A section of the exam can be retaken. It is not necessary to repeat sections of the exam which have already been passed.  You must notify the Certification Committee of your intention to take the exam by July 1 of the year in which you intend to take the exam.  Notification may be by mail at the address shown above or by email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .  If you do not state your intentions by the designated date, you will not be permitted to re-take that part of the exam.

REFERENCES: Master Beekeeper applicants can find an outline of examination subjects and a list of references to study in preparation for the examination on the References page of this website.

FEES: Applicants who are accepted as candidates for certification are charged a fee which covers the cost of supplies and expenses for testing. The certification program costs $100. As each individual exam is passed, it will not have to be repeated. If an individual fails an exam, they are charged $25 for each section retaken.

PAYMENT FOR EXAM: Payment must be made to the Treasurer at the time of registration.

TESTING: Tests for certification will be conducted in conjunction with the annual EAS Conference. Candidates must register for all three days of the Conference. Testing will consist of:

  1. a written examination on knowledge of all aspects of beekeeping
  2. a laboratory practical examination on recognition of diseases, equipment and proper practices and
  3. an apiary performance test on the proper explanation of beekeeping practices and on handling of bee colonies.
  4. An oral examination on knowledge and ability to communicate effectively to both beekeepers and public.

(Times and locations for scheduled meetings will be listed in the conference registration materials)

REVIEW Q & A SESSION: Monday evening there will be an optional review session with the Master Beekeeper Advisor and Master Beekeepers when candidates can ask questions about the exam, its contents and the exam process.

FINAL REVIEW SESSION: Friday afternoon candidates will meet with the Master Beekeeper Advisor and will be given their grades. The answers to questions will be discussed and the candidates will be given an opportunity to ask questions and discuss any concerns with their grades.

CERTIFICATE: Each candidate who is qualified and passes the EAS Master Beekeeper test will receive a certificate suitable for framing and a lapel pin showing certification as an EAS Master Beekeeper.

 

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