Beginning BEE SCHOOL 

Where? 2021 Class Is held at the Union County AG Center in Monroe, NC
How much?
  • $70 

NOTICE: The Union County NC Beekeepers Association in partnership with the Union County Cooperative Extension program is pleased to offer:

Summer 2021 Beginning BEEKEEPING SCHOOL

Union County NC Beekeepers Association announce their Fall 2021 education for beginning beekeeping!!

  • 6 In person Sessions 

    • Wednesday Afternoons (7pm-9pm)

    • October 13th, 2021 / October 20th, 2021 / October 27th 2021 / November 3rd, 2021/
      November 10th, 2021 / November 17th, 2021

  • Comprehensive session content 

    • Covers material needed to become an NC Certified Beekeeper

    • Presented by Certified Beekeepers

    • Door prizes at each session

    • Opportunity to take NC Certified Beekeeper exam

  • Registration 

    • Cost is $70

  • What all does this include?

‘Beekeeping for Dummies’ book as text

2020 UCNCBA Club membership


Union County Beekeepers Club T-Shirt

A study day with questions from previous tests

State beekeeper certification exam and practical exam.

Free mentoring from experienced beekeepers (Must take state exam to receive a mentor)

Free Giveaways after every class!


What will I learn about?

  • Races of honey bees and terminology

  • Anatomy, biology, and physiology of honeybees

  • Types of hives, hive parts, and accessories

  • Products of the Hive

  • Why keep honeybees, agricultural dependence,

  •  history of honeybees

  • Startup cost and equipment needed

  • Feeding, transporting & hive placement

  • Why honeybees swarm and their management

  • Disorders, parasites, and hive invaders

  • How bees make it through the cold winter months & what we can do to help

  • How to inspect a hive 

  • Pollination and management of a hive throughout different seasons.

  • When, where and how to buy bees

What else does this include?

  • Hands-on how to light a smoker

  • Hands-on building frames and boxes

  • Hands-on teaching hive

  • Hands-on bee package installment

  • Hands-on hive inspection

  • Mentor to help guide you with your bees (Must take state exam to receive a mentor)

Still have a question about Bee School?

Great! How do I sign up for Bee School?!
How Can I Become a State Certified Beekeeper?

The State Certified Beekeeper Certification is an entry level certification for the beginning beekeeper. There is no extra cost to becoming certified if you are already a NCSBA member and will be attending Bee School. In order to become a certified beekeeper, you must:

  1. Be a current member of the NCSBA ($15 per individual). Please join NCSBA before Test date to allow time for your welcoming email to come through. BRING YOUR NCSBA MEMBER ID TO THE TEST. You can join NCSBA via this link:

  2. Pass a written test, which will be administered through UCNCBA chapter at the end of the course. Please remember to bring your Member # to the test.

  3. Pass a practical test (involves manipulating a hive of bees), administered by another certified beekeeper through a local chapter. Four months beekeeping experience needed prior to taking practical test.

In order to prepare for the certified level, the following materials are available:

  • Read the book that will be provided at the beginning of Bee School

  • Take notes throughout the course 

  • Complete and study the Certified Study Guide

  • Understand what will be on the Certified Practical Exam (this is the actual exam utilized, and is provided for studying purposes)