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Beekeeping Classes

The IEBA offers numerous classes over the course of each year focusing on topics for all levels of beekeepers in our area, beginning with the Apprentice Beekeepers Course (First Year) - this includes hands-on training with IEBA hives.   We provide the testing and documents for those who desire to be Certified Apprentice Beekeepers, which may be needed to legally keep bees within your city or town (see our Ordinances and Regulations section, or contact your local government).
We also provide classes for Second Year Beekeepers, typically beginning sometime in March.  Second Year classes are normally supported by field days in April.  Contact Jerry Tate of Tate's Honey Farm for more information.  You must have completed the Apprentice level class to participate.  
We offer Journeyman Certification classes every other year on even years.  Members must be in good standing with the IEBA to participate in Second Year and Journeyman classes.  Other requirements may apply. 

Apprentice Beekeeping Classes are held each year in February at the WSU Extension office. You will attend one all-day Saturday classroom session in February, and three Saturday morning field days. The 2024 classroom sessions were held on February 10 and February 24 (9 am to 5 pm), with hands-on field days on 
May 4, May 25, and June 15.

Apprentices will have their first year IEBA membership included with their class registration.  Apprentice class members will be added to the website's member list after their first class in February, and will receive an invitation to set up their member login and password at that time. 

Many municipalities in the State of Washington require certification for keeping honey bees on private property. The IEBA's Apprentice Beekeeper Certification Class prepares a novice beekeeper for the state Apprentice Beekeeping Certification Exam.

Be sure to register for our Apprentice classes early as they tend to fill up fast!  Click the PDF brochure to download full information. (The 2024 brochure is still shown but provides an example.) It includes the registration form if you prefer to mail or deliver your class registration with check or money order payable to the WSU Extension. You may also register online by selecting the button below.


2024 Apprentice Class Registration

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