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 Summer Beginning Bee School 2022

Unionville Volunteer Fire Department
4919 Unionville Rd, Monroe, NC 28110
How much?

Kids under 16 

If you have a Child that would like to join you in this class please contact us.


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

Summer 2022 Beginning BEEKEEPING SCHOOL

Union County NC Beekeepers Association announce their 2022 education for beginning beekeeping!!

  • 2 In person Class Sessions ​

    • July 16th & 17th 

  • 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 $120

  • What all does this include?

2022 UCNCBA Club membership


2 Sessions of learning & Fun!

A study day prior to taking state exam

State beekeeper certification 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)