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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 typically 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. These classes typically begin in February.

Spring 2023 Apprentice Beekeeping Classes are now open for enrollment.  Instruction will be in person at the WSU Extension Office.  Students may choose one of two all-day classes, February 11, 2023 (9 a.m. to 5 pm); OR February 25, 2023 (9 a.m. to 5 p.m.).  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. The remainder of the course includes three hands-on field days held May 6, May 27, and June 17, 2023.

Be sure to register for the Apprentice class early as our classes tend to fill up fast!  Your registration includes your first year of IEBA club membership. Click the online registration link below to sign up and pay online.  Click the PDF brochure for full information and to download the registration form, if you prefer to mail or deliver your class registration with check or money order payable to the WSU Extension.

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