Cornell Master Beekeeping Exam Series


Course Overview

This course enables you to schedule the evaluation components required in order to earn the Cornell University Master Beekeeping Certificate. Although evaluations can be scheduled in advance, students must complete all required coursework prior to completing their evaluations.

Components that will be evaluated include:

  • A written examination demonstrating comprehension and application of knowledge learned in coursework. The written examination will take place at Dyce Lab, Cornell University, in Ithaca, New York. The written exam consists of multiple choice, short answer, and long answer questions. Students must score 70% or higher on their written examination in order to pass this component of the final examination.
  • Delivery of a 15-minute oral presentation demonstrating applied knowledge of beekeeping and research beyond the information provided in the coursework. (Can be completed remotely using video conference technology or in person at Dyce Lab). Research topic must be approved by course instructor and the oral presentation must be accompanied by visual slides. Students will be evaluated on the following criteria:
    • their ability to locate, critically evaluate, and interpret the scientific literature and other information sources
    • the presentation’s informational content 
    • the presentation’s organization 
    • their communication skills 
    • the presentation’s level of appropriateness for the audience
    • their ability to answer follow-up questions from the instructor 
  • Students must score 70% or higher on their oral examination in order to pass this component of the final examination.
  • An evaluation of fieldwork demonstrating application of effective management techniques learned in the coursework (completed at Dyce Lab). Students will demonstrate these skills one-on-one with the instructor on Dyce Lab honey bee hives. Students are expected to bring their own protective gear. Thin medical gloves are permitted, but leather gloves are not. Examples of techniques to be demonstrated include (but are not limited to) the following:
    • performing a split
    • performing a merge  
    • making a nuc
    • performing proper inspections
    • identifying pests and diseases
    • monitoring for pests and diseases
    • handling queens
    • assessing the nutrition of the colony
    • troubleshooting issues
  • Students must score 70% or higher on their field examination in order to pass this component of the final examination.

In order to enroll in Cornell Master Beekeeping Exam Series, all four courses, PTRENT001, PTRENT002, PTRENT003, PTRENT004 must be completed.

Beekeepers who would like to receive recognition for their advanced knowledge and skills and add to their credibility in the beekeeping community should participate in the Cornell University Master Beekeeping Certificate Exam Series. Candidates who receive a passing grade of 70% on all evaluation components will receive the Cornell University Master Beekeeper Certificate.