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Apprentice-Level Beekeeping Course

Participants will learn the basics of keeping honey bees, including bee biology and care of bees throughout the year.  This course includes both classroom lectures and hands-on experience in the bee yard.  Participants will be taught how to recognize common honey bee ailments and pests as well as the treatment for them.  By the end of this course, participants will be able to manage honey bee colonies for maximum bee health and honey production.  View the full course schedule.

Participants are expected to provide their own hive tool, and bee suit. A veil with canvas beekeeper gloves, plus a pollinator jacket or full suit are acceptable. Beekeeping supplies are available from Western Bee 1-800-548-8440.

Participants are also expected to have the text book, which is available at the UM Bookstore or online at or

Upon completion of the course, 2 CEUs (Continuing Education Units) will be awarded to participants. A certificate of completion will be mailed to each participant. 

The course offers optional academic credit and has been approved for one academic credit through The University of Montana Division of Biological Sciences as BIOB 191 Apprentice Beekeeping.  Students who opt to take the course for academic credit must pay an additional $135 credit recording fee.

Course text:

Storey’s Guide to Keeping Honey Bees
Malcom T. Sanford and Richard E. Bonney, Storey Publishing 2010
ISBN 978-1-60342-550-6 (pbl.: alk. Paper)
ISBN 978-1-60342-551-3 (hardcover : alkpaper)

Other materials will be provided in class as needed.

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Apprentice-Level Beekeeping Course

Course Dates
July 21-22 & July 28-29, 2012
Saturdays and Sundays
8am - 2pm

4 class meetings
20 hours total

Jerry Bromenshenk, Scott Debnam & Phil Welch

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Fort Missoula Research Complex and Apiary
Missoula, MT

CEU/Academic Credit
2 CEUs

Optional: 1 academic credit, BIOB 191 Apprentice Beekeeping, additional $135 credit recording fee

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  • The University of Montana
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