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Interested in the Oregon State University Master Beekeeper Program?

The Oregon Master Beekeeper Program represents a cooperative effort between Oregon State University and the Oregon State Beekeepers Association to contribute to both the health of honey bee colonies and the integrity of the practice of beekeeping throughout the region.


The primary objectives of the Oregon Master Beekeeper Program are to:

  • Increase beekeepers' knowledge and understanding of honey bees and beekeeping

  • Encourage ongoing education of beekeepers at all levels

  • Increase public awareness of honey bees and beekeeping

  • Encourage mentorship and outreach

  • Support best-management practices and consistency in beekeeping practice

  • Provide opportunities for training and hands-on experience

  • Provide an objective means for an individual to evaluate his/her own progress and level of expertise

  • Encourage membership in and support of state and local beekeeper associations


The Apprentice Beekeeper is the first level of certification in the Oregon Master Beekeeper Program. This level is designed to give those just starting in beekeeping solid information and support, with the goal of increasing retention of new beekeepers as they develop confidence in their ability to keep bees.


The Journey Beekeeper is the second of three successive certification levels in the Oregon Master Beekeeper Program. At this level of the program, the participant builds on the base of knowledge and experience acquired at the Apprentice Beekeeper level.


Katharina Davitt is an OSU Instructor and Mentor for the program.  She will provide the training you need to succeed in the program.  For more information about the program contact the Oregon Master Beekeeper Program and register for it at

The Apprentice program provides classroom training, and hands on field days.  A truly fun experience you will enjoy.  You are guided with a mentor and fellow participants. 

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