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Where? 2021 Class Is a Hybrid Class. Virtual with some hands on!
How much?
  • $60 

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


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

  • 7 Sessions on Zoom

    • Tuesday Afternoons (7pm-9pm)

    • Feb 16th, 2021 / Feb 23th, 2021 / March 2nd, 2021 / March 9th, 2021 / March 16th, 2021 / March 30th 2021

  • 3 In Person Sessions ​

    • March 23, 2021 / April 6th, 2021 / ​April 20th, 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 $60

  • 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

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, and 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 & honey harvesting

  • Pollination and management of a hive throughout different seasons.

  • What to plant for the bees

  • 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

Still have a question about Bee School?

Great! How do I sign up for Bee School?!
Registering is fast and easy via PayPal! Select an option below and add to cart. 

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Register by mail! Please include the following:

  • Name(s), Address, Phone #

  • Checks can be made out to UCNCBA


Send to:


Attn: Pam Gay

P.O. Box 1472

Monroe, NC 28111


Click here for a printable forms

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)

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