Keeping the Bee in Business


The purpose of the educational program offered by WASBA is to provide information about the best practices involved in beekeeping to those people who are interested in successful apiary management and to provide information to the general public on current topics related to honey bees.

The Goals of the Program are:

  • 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 talking to 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 WASBA and local beekeeper organizations.

Program Curriculum:

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. This information is for affiliated organizations wishing to order course materials. Individuals wishing to purchase a course manual please contact

Course Fees

$25 for class including manual, certificate, membership.

$35 for class including manual, certificate, membership and patch.

$50 for class including manual, certificate, membership and patch.

$50 for certificate and patch.

$50 for certificate and patch.
*Reciprocal recognition for successful completion of the University of Montana, Master Level Beekeeping Course can be granted to a WASBA member. The cost for the reciprocal certification is: $20 per student. Payment can be made by sending a check to WASBA, PO Box 4824, Spokane, WA 99220 along with a copy of the University of Montana Master level certificate.

WASBA has an agreement with the Washington State Department of Corrections (DOC) and the Oregon State Department of Corrections 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.

Candidates for Journeyman, Craftsman, and Master level programs are also required to be members of WASBA.

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