Journeyman certification requirements/guidelines:

This course is intended for the serious beekeeper who wants to learn more about beekeeping for their own knowledge and/or become a sideliner or commercial beekeeper. Courses are usually offered through a local beekeeping organization or bee supply company. If assistance is needed in locating a course, contact

  1. Member of the Washington State Beekeepers Association (included in the price of the course).
  2. Member of a local association (if possible).
  3. Taken and passed the Apprentice Beekeeper Course or equivalent and kept colonies for at least 3 years. (Exceptions may be made if the intent of the guidelines is met. Contact
  4. Maintain a beekeeping journal for a minimum of 2 years.
  5. Earn at least 35 service points.
  6. Mentor a new beekeeper.
  7. Take and pass the WASBA Journeyman Beekeeper Course with a score of no less than 85%.
  8. Take and pass the Journeyman Field Test Report with a score of no less than 90%.

Practical Field Test Requirements

Upon satisfactory completion of the WASBA Journeyman requirements and submission of application, the student will receive a certificate of completion and patch acknowledging Journeyman status.