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 courses in this certificate will equip you to:
- 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
Who should enroll in this certificate?
Beekeepers with at least three years of experience who are 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.