Beginning Beekeeping Apprenticeship Course

Hello Everyone,

Below you will find all the information you need to know in regards to the upcoming Washington Masters Beekeeping Apprenticeship Course. There are limited seats available for this course so please email with all names wanting to go forward with the course so we can reserve your spot today.

WHAT: Olympia Beekeepers Association, (OBA), presents the Washington Master Beekeepers Apprenticeship Course.

WHEN: This course will be on Tuesday nights for 6 weeks from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm. Starting Tuesday September 26th, October 3rd, 10th, 17th, 24th and because Halloween is on Tuesday the 31st, we will have the last class night on Wednesday November 1st.  Our Graduation Night/Celebration of Knowledge will be November 13th, 2017 during the OBA regular meeting where you will receive your Apprenticeship Certificate from the Washington Master Beekeepers.

WHERE: The Best Buffet Banquet Room located at 5765 Littlerock Road SW, Tumwater, WA 98512, across the street from Costco and Walmart in Tumwater.  There are limited seats available.

COST: Washington Master Beekeepers charge only $10.00 for course registration and your certificate. The OBA sponsors the remainder of the course at no cost to the student.

COURSE DESCRIPTION: Beginning Beekeeping/Apprenticeship 
This course will focus on the hobby, residential and small farm beekeeper. Emphasis will be put on the seasonal care of new hives and colonies. Our style is networking, participation and interaction. Our discussions are tailored to your needs and questions. We have examples and hands-on learning aids. You get to see, hold, analyze, smell and feel what the books only talk about. You will accrue a proactive knowledge base to keep your bees happy, productive, healthy and safe. The course is sanctioned by the Washington Master Beekeepers Association. Upon completion participants will receive an Apprenticeship Certificate.

If you should have any questions please feel free to let me know. I look forward to seeing you soon.


Classes are held before General Meetings, which are held at Chinook Middle School in Lacey.

Apprentice Beekeeper classes are conducted each month starting at 6:00PM on regular association meeting nights. Currently, the Journeyman Classes are being held at the same time.

The Apprentice Class meets in the class room 104 down the hall from the cafeteria. The Journeyman Class meets in the cafeteria.

Both classes are held under the auspices of the Washington State Beekeepers Association.
Our Education Chair is Bob Smith. He is in charge of the Education Program, which includes our Apprentice, Journeyman and Master Beekeeper classes.


Where are classes held?
Chinook Middle School
4301 6th Ave NE, Lacey, WA 98516

Do I need to sign up for classes?

No! Simply attend one of our apprenticeship classes, which are held at 6pm, before the membership meeting.

How much are the classes?

You can feel free to sit in on the class, but to obtain the Apprenticeship Certificate you must pay for the course materials. These are supplied by the Washington State Beekeepers Association, and currently cost $15.

How many lessons are taught each class?

One or two lessons (there are 12 in total) are taught during each hour long class.


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