Olympia Beekeepers Association offers classes under the Washington Master Beekeepers program.
Our Education Chair, Gail Booth is in charge of the Education Program, which includes our Apprentice and Journeyman Beekeeper training.
Monthly Apprentice Beekeeper Classes
This class is held every second Monday of each month (except July and December) from 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm at Chinook Middle School Cafeteria, 4301 6th Ave NE, Lacey, WA 98516.
You may enroll in this class at any time during the year. To enroll, please arrive at the Chinook Middle School Cafeteria shortly before 6:00 pm. The class cost is a one time fee of $10 for Olympia Beekeeper Association Members. Not a member? Join for $25 when you sign up for the class! Once you complete the program, you can choose to receive a certificate, which will cost an additional $10.
One or two lessons (there are 12 in total, Chapters 2&3 and 11&12 are combined) are taught during each hour long class leading to certification. Each lesson requires a ten question True /False quiz to be completed and passed with at least 80%. This class provides you with reaching the following goals:
- Be familiar with common terms and concepts of bees and beekeeping.
- Get a basic overview of apiary management, and pollination.
- Obtain breadth of knowledge regarding pests and diseases.
- And possess the skills to maintain a small apiary.
You may download the class book here -
and the quizzes here -
We also schedule hands on works shops and field trips!
Accelerated Apprentice Beekeeper Classes
This is a program we offer in the spring. Please check back for updated details. This is a fast paced course taught over 6 weeks (2 hours, one day a week plus optional Saturday workshops and bee cruises!)
Once you have completed the Apprentice level, Olympia Beekeepers Association members can further their education by attending the Journeyman Beekeeper Meetings held the third Monday of every month (except July and December, may be moved in January and February because of holidays) from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm at the Chinook Middle School Library, 4301 6th Ave NE, Lacey, WA 98516.
You may download the Journeyman Form here -