Master Beekeepers Program


  • To help those interested in beekeeping determine whether it is an activity that they should pursue in terms of time, effort and cost;
  • To increase the knowledge of beekeepers about honey bees;
  • To develop a pool of people capable of dealing with the media and public on bees and beekeeping;
  • To provide an objective system for an individual to evaluate and measure their own level of expertise; and
  • To encourage membership in and support of both WASBA and local beekeeper associations.

Program curriculum

Additional general information

Many of the course lessons can be provided in conjunction with local or State beekeeper association meetings to enhance the learning opportunities of the student. In counties where active beekeeper associations do not exist an authorized WASBA instructor may either provide online classes or travel to a specific location to present the material.

A certificate and a patch will be presented to each student upon completion of each level.

Certification Fees

WASBA charges a small fee for certification that goes toward the costs of administering the program as well as funding activities that promote the overall interests of beekeepers in Washington.

The fees for 2018 are as follows:

  • Apprentice level: $20
  • Journeyman level: $30
  • Master level: $50

WASBA has an agreement with the Washington State Department of Corrections (DOC) that the certification fee for incarcerated individuals is set at $5 per level.

The above fees are in addition to any fees charged for instruction by local associations or instructors.

In addition, all candidates for the Journeyman and Master levels, as well as all instructors wishing to use WASBA materials must be members of WASBA at all times. (This is a longstanding requirement, not something recently introduced).

For Instructors

New for 2018:
Each student needs a Student Progress Form. Previously, the forms were submitted to the education committee in order to issue certificates. Since the forms were handwritten in most cases, transcription errors occurred during data entry. In order to reduce errors and improve the turnaround time for issuing certificates we have adopted the following procedure:

  • Use the Student Progress Form to capture the student information and test scores as usual;
  • Prior to submission, transcribe all the student information and scores to the Certification Request Excel spreadsheet (other formats can be made available if needed). If you have not yet received a copy of the spreadsheet, please let know;
    [An online form for this purpose will soon be available]

  • Email a copy of the spreadsheet to;
  • Print off a copy of the spreadsheet. The instructor must sign the printed copy;
  • Mail the printed copy together with a check to cover each student to:

    WASBA Master Beekeeper Committee
    PO Box 32083
    Bellingham, WA 98228-4083

    Note: Certificates will not be issued until payment has been received.

  • When we issue the certificates, we will also return a computer generated Student Progress Sheet.

Student Application & Progress Form (PDF)
Public Service Points
Field Tests