Olympia Beekeepers Associations presents two options for educational classes.

We offer the Beginning Beekeeping Apprenticeship class that is an accelerated course through the Master Beekeepers and also a go at your own pace class for Beginning Apprentices as well.

Please see below for course descriptions and dates and times when available.

Accelerated Beginning Beekeepers Apprenticeship Course through Master Beekeepers

COURSE DESCRIPTION: Beginning Beekeeping/Apprenticeship 
For the beginning, residential, hobbyist, or small farm beekeeper, learn the basics in beekeeping. Through participation and interaction, our discussions are focused on your needs and questions. With our hands-on learning aids, you will see, hold, analyze and feel what the books only talk about. You will get a proactive knowledge base to keep your bees happy, productive, healthy and safe. This class is sanctioned by the Washington Masters Beekeepers Association. Upon completion participants will receive the Apprenticeship Certificate, which is applicable towards your Journeyman and Master Beekeepers Certificates.

WHAT: Beginning Beekeeper/Apprenticeship Classes
WHEN: Tuesday April 10, 17, 24, May 1, 8, 15
WHERE: Chinook Middle School Library
COST:  Classroom and Instructors are sponsored by OBA – The
Washington Master Beekeepers only charges $10.00 for
the Apprenticeship Certificate.
WHO: To sign up email- OBA Secretary Shelby Albert


Go at your own pace Apprenticeship classes:

Classes are held the second Monday of each month at Chinook Middle School in Lacey.

Apprentice Beekeeper classes start at 6:00 pm in the cafeteria and ends at 7:00 pm when the general meeting starts.

The Journeyman class is held the third Monday of every month from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm at the Chinook Middle School Library.

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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