Master Beekeeping Program

Ohio State Beekeepers Association introduced the Master Beekeeper Program in 2012. Over 100 individuals had a hand in creating the present documents that make up the program.

The Ohio Master Beekeeper Program is an intensive four-step program – A beginning/Apprentice level, a Journey (man or woman) level, and a Master’s level. Certification by OSBA is designed to give participants the opportunity to increase their beekeeping knowledge. OSBA will provide certificates to all individuals who complete the requirements for each individual level. Instruction will be provided through a number of classes/seminars/workshops certified by OSBA.

It has been designed by Ohio Beekeepers for Ohio Beekeepers. Keep in mind that this is a new program and all new programs have growing pains. The Ohio Plan involves local beekeeping associations working with the Ohio State Beekeepers Association. Local associations have the opportunity to seek endorsement by OSBA for workshops and seminars they sponsor to count for credit hours toward the Journey Level for those enrolled in the Ohio State Master Beekeeping Program.

OSBA membership is required for program registration and continued participation.

Ohio Certified Master Beekeeper Program – Rules and Procedures Manual

For application forms and all other forms see the manual here.

Any questions an correspondence concerning the program can be addressed to

View/download the apprentice application here.