Keeping the Bee in Business

Journeyman Beekeeper

This course is intended for the serious beekeeper who wants to learn more about beekeeping for their own knowledge and/or to become a sideliner or commercial beekeeper.

Journeyman Certification Requirements/Guidelines:

  1. Be a member of the Washington State Beekeepers Association.
  2. Be a member of a Local Organization (if possible).
  3. Taken and passed the Apprentice Beekeeper Course or equivalent
  4. After successfully completing the Apprentice Course:
    • Kept colonies for at least 3 years. (Exceptions may be made if the intent of the guidelines is met. Contact master@wasba.org)
    • Maintain a beekeeping journal for a minimum of 2 years.
    • Earn at least 35 Public Service Points.
    • Mentor a new beekeeper.
    • Take and pass the WASBA Journeyman Beekeeper Course with a score of no less than 85%.
    • Take and pass the Journeyman Field Test Report with a score of no less than 90%.

Practical Field Test

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. 

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Public Service Points

Public service points are a key element of the Journeyman Beekeeper Program. A total of 35 points must be earned as one part of the requirements for applying for Journeyman certification.

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