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Apprentice-Level Beekeeping Online

Online Apprentice-Level Beekeeping Course

This is the first course in UM's Master Beekeeping Certificate Program. 

This course covers the basics of keeping honey bees, including bee biology and care of bees throughout the year, how to recognize common honey bee ailments and pests and the treatment for them.  The objective, by the end of this course, is to be able to manage honey bee colonies for bee health and honey production. 

This course meets online, but requires one final hands-on session.  Students who live in the Missoula area  will complete the practicum from 8am until 3pm at the Fort Missoula bee yard. Those living outside the area will make arrangements to complete their practicum in an apiary near their own home.  Students must provide their own hive tool, bee suit and gloves for this session.

Students will also need to have the text book, which is available at the UM Bookstore or online at or

At the time of registration, students elect whether to take the course for academic credit (1 University of Montana credit in Biology) or Continuing Education Units.  Course requirements are the same in either case.  Students should be prepared to spend a minimum of 3 hours a week study time on this course.  Whether the course is taken for academic credit or not, assignments, quizzes and tests are part of the learning process.

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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Online Apprentice-Level Beekeeping Course


The planned dates for this course are April 7  - 25, 2014

Registration is not yet open.

Jerry Bromenshenk, Scott Debnam & Phillip Welch

Non-Credit Registration  Cost: $325

Credit Registration   Cost $460



ONLINE.  For those living in the Missoula area, the final class meeting will be at  the Fort Missoula Research Complex and Apiary  in Missoula, MT.  Others will make arrangements to complete the hands-on session with an approved proctor in their area.


  • School of Extended & Lifelong Learning
  • The University of Montana
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  • Missoula, MT  59812
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