About the course
This series of courses equips beekeepers from the hobby to the commercial level with the concepts, knowledge, and best management practices needed to pass Cornell University’s Master Beekeeper Certificate written, oral, and field examinations.
By the end of this series of courses you will have the skills and knowledge needed to keep colonies healthy and productive year after year. You’ll be able to expand the amount, quality, and type of bee products and services you produce; and determine if you want to take advantage of the business opportunities that beekeeping can provide. You will gain a deep understanding of honey bees as living organisms and be able to navigate controversial topics so you can communicate with credibility in the beekeeping community. Lastly, you will be able to act as a resource to educate new beekeepers and participate in bee research and outreach.
In order to receive the final certificate, students must contribute meaningfully in a set number of discussions, moderated by Emma Mullen, Extension Associate, and pass the written, oral, and field exams at Dyce Lab. The exam series includes a written exam, the delivery of a presentation, and a field exam where individuals will demonstrate key beekeeping skills. A Cornell University Master Beekeeper Certificate from Cornell University's College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, Department of Entomology will be awarded to individuals who successfully complete the required coursework and receive a passing grade on all portions of the exam series.
- Honey Bee Evolution, Biology, and Behavior
- The Science and Art of Beekeeping
- Managing Pests and Diseases
- The Rewards and Contributions of Beekeeping
- Cornell Master Beekeeping Exam Series
KEY COURSE TAKEAWAYS
- Apply knowledge of honey bee evolution and behavior to better identify and respond to the needs of your honey bees
- Use systematic hands-on techniques to support your colonies’ ability to thrive, keeping your colonies healthy year after year, and achieving your specific objectives
- Prevent and control pests and diseases that interfere with honey bee health and productivity
- Explore the possibilities and considerations of how you can both profit from and contribute to the success of these amazing pollinators
WHAT YOU'LL EARN
- Eligibility to take the Cornell Master Beekeeping Certificate Exam series
Who should attend
- Beekeepers with at least three years of experience
- Beekeepers seeking advanced depth and breadth of knowledge to increase the success of their operation, extend their business opportunities, and gain credibility as a resource in the beekeeping community
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I am interested in the spatial ecology of beneficial insects in agricultural landscapes. For my undergraduate and M.Sc. research at Yale University, I focused on the interaction networks of wild bee communities in old-field meadows across human impact gradients. For my Ph.D., I would like to cont...
Dr. Thomas D. Seeley is the Horace White Professor in Biology at Cornell University. He is based in the Department of Neurobiology and Behavior, where he teaches courses on animal behavior and does research on the behavior and social life of honey bees. His work is summarized in three books: Hone...
Secretary, Ontario Finger Lakes Beekeepers Association Kimberly is a second generation beekeeper who is following in the footsteps of her grandmother in her love for beekeeping and the natural world. With her husband Ben, she is the current owner of their two companies; Hungry Bear Farms & R...
Ontario Finger Lakes Beekeepers Association Ben is a third generation beekeeper and currently owns two beekeeping supply companies with his wife Kimberly; their farm business Hungry Bear Farms and their manufacturing business Ross Rounds. Ben’s primary function is managing their businesses, coor...
PhD Candidate & Honey Bee Extension Assistant, Dyce Lab of Honey Bee Studies, Cornell University Ellie received a master’s degree in Geography (Penn State University, 2012) and a bachelor’s degree is in Political Science and French (Amherst College, 2006). In 2017-18, she taught in the Envir...
Honey Bee Extension Associate, Dyce Lab of Honey Bee Studies, Cornell University Emma Kate Walters is the Honey Bee Extension Associate at Cornell University. Emma works with beekeepers in New York State and beyond to understand factors affecting honey bee health, with a focus on pathogens, pest...