Post by OSU Bee Lab on Jan 28, 2011 16:58:43 GMT -7
Welcome to the Oregon Master Beekeeper forum!
The OSBA and Oregon State University are teaming together to create a Master Beekeeper program. This program is designed to provide quality, consistent training for beekeepers across the state of Oregon. It is also an opportunity for beekeepers to share their knowledge with others through community outreach. The program is based on the apprentice—journeyman—master model used in many states, including Washington.
We are still in the development stage of the Apprentice Level of the program, but we would like to use this forum to answer any questions you may have regarding Master Beekeeper. We will also post any updates on the development of the program. And we are always open to suggestions about how we can make this program successful in Oregon. Looking forward to hearing from you!
I hope "hands on" training can be included in the various levels. This is something I feel has been missing in the training I have received. Very important in the apprentice level especially, in my opinion. Looking forward to the program. Thanks, Max
Post by OSU Bee Lab on Jan 31, 2011 14:56:50 GMT -7
Good news, Max! The Apprentice Level will involve extensive "hands-on" training throughout the year. We are going to require a checklist of hive activities that the participant must complete each season with a mentor, and optional classes will be offered that include field training. To encourage record keeping as a learning tool, the participant must also keep a log of hive activities throughout the year.
The next levels, Journeyman and Master, will also include hands-on training, however we haven't designed these levels yet.