South Carolina Master Beekeeper Program


 

The South Carolina Master Beekeeping program began in 1996 and is designed to provide interested students with the basic knowledge and skills needed to become successful beekeepers and to be able to share their enthusiasm and knowledge with the public.


We define a successful beekeeper as one who can keep their bees alive for at least one year and though this is not an impossible task, we have found that beekeepers who participate and complete training programs have a better chance of being successful beekeepers.


Click to view online..... Master Beekeeper Program Manual


There are four levels in the Master Beekeeping Program with each one progressively more difficult than the previous level both in terms of knowledge requirements and skill levels.  Student knowledge and skill will be determined through written and practical tests. Also, successful participants are required to perform public service for honey bee education.

 

For information related to when and where Certified Beekeeping training classes will be held, contact your Local Beekeeping Association.  Information related to when and where the Journeyman, Master, and Master Craftsman classes or seminars may be held will be posted on this website under events.


In reaching your goals for Public Service Credits please download the form and complete as you sign off each credit.  Click here to PSC form


These Are Current SC MasterBeekeepers

Steve Genta - Piedmont stevegenta@aol.com
Charlotte Anderson - cdanderson1@charter.net
Sally Adams - York - mamabeehive@yahoo.com
Ralph "Buddy" May - Piedmont  buddy_may@bellsouth.net
Donna Boozer - Lakelands  donnaboozer@embarqmail.com
Richard Paul Hanks - Laurens  lhanks@prtcnet.com
Staci Siler - Aiken  stacisiler@bellsouth.net
Mell Wallace - Lakeland - ratzandcatz@aol.com

SC Beekeeper Master Craftsman
David MacFawn - Midstate  dmacfawn@aol.com


 

This training program is administered by the South Carolina Beekeepers Association. Questions related to the Master Beekeeping Program should be directed to scStatebeekeepers@gmail.com


Overview of the Master Beekeeper Program


South Carolina State Beekeeper's Master Beekeeper Program
Requirements and General Information (Program Manual)

www.SCSTATEBEEKEEPERS.com

SCStateBeekeeper@gmail.com
Walt Perrin phone (864) 915-1000


The Master Beekeeper Program (MBP) is a five year beekeeper training and certification program administered and provided by the South Carolina Bee Keepers Association (SCBKA).  Entry into the program is attained by joining the SCBKA, a local bee association, attending a Certified Class and passing the certified examination. There is no age limit for entry into the program although the examination may be too difficult for children under 12 years of age. All students must enter the program at the Certified Beekeeper level and no students are permitted to skip levels.

The program offers four levels of training and advancement: Certified Beekeeper, Journeyman Beekeeper, Master Beekeeper and Master Craftsman Beekeeper. All ranks take a minimum of 1 full year between levels to complete with the exception of Master Level, which takes 2 years. Opportunities for advancement in the program occur on exam day and upon meeting all the requirements for the level of advancement desired.

The training and examination consists of 2 parts, the written and a practical examination. The exam day is when Journeyman, Master and Master Craftsman should submit their required documentation for public service work to the MBP Manager/Committee. Please see Appendix F for examination information. Additionally, we hold award ceremonies to congratulate all those who have successfully passed the written and practical exams at that season’s respective spring or summer conference.   Attendance at these award ceremonies is not required, but is encouraged.  The spring and summer conferences require separate registration from the MBP registration.

On the next two pages are lists of requirements necessary for a candidate to fulfill in order to achieve each level in the Master Beekeeper Program. It is important that candidates read the requirements closely and make certain that all requirements are met in order to advance in the program. Additional Program stipulations (program status, limitations, guidelines and re-tests) are now listed in Appendix G. Master Beekeeper of the Year requirements and information are listed in Appendix H.

If at any point you wish to discontinue the program, please contact us directly. Please also be sure to keep us informed of your current mailing address, email address and phone number as we do use all methods to contact you for various reasons throughout your enrollment in the SCBKA Master Beekeeper Program.

Requirements for Each Level: (click the link below to go to that section)

Certified Beekeeper

Journeyman Beekeeper

Master Beekeeper

Master Craftsman Beekeeper

I) Certified Beekeeper:

  • A.      Must be a current South Carolina state registered beekeeper.
  • B.       Must own at least 1 colony of honey bees for at least 1 year. Special exceptions to this rule will be considered.
  • C.       Must score a 70% or higher on the written examination. The written test can include but is not limited to materials covered during previous certified classes, and books/other literature on the Certified Beekeeper reading list (see Appendix E).
  • D.      Must also score 70% or higher on the practical examination. The practical examination can include but is not limited to being able to describe the physical parts of a beehive (common terms); light and properly use a smoker; recognize the various stages of brood, different castes of bees, and find or at least describe the queen; differentiate between brood, pollen, capped honey; recognize propolis and describe its functions; describe the layout of a brood nest (placement of honey, pollen, and brood), etc.

II) Journeyman Beekeeper:

  • A.      Must have held the Certified Beekeeper level for at least 1 full calendar year and should have been a practicing beekeeper for at least 2 years with 1 year after complete of Certified Level. Also, must be a current South Carolina State Member.  Special exceptions to this rule will be considered.
  • B.       Must score a 80% or higher on the written examination. The written test can include but is not limited to materials covered during previous Journeyman class, and books/other literature on the Journeyman Beekeeper reading list (see Appendix E). This examination will cover more information than that required at the Certified Beekeeper level. The testable material will closely adhere to information taught in the Journeyman training modules.
  • C.      Must score 80% or higher on a practical examination. The practical examination can include but is not limited to: identifying pests, parasites and pathogens, reading pesticide labels and determining which is the safest to use around bees; identifying several beekeeping items; examining honey labels for errors; distinguishing between bees, wasps, hornets, etc.; and identifying anatomical structures of a bee, flower, etc.
  • D.      Must perform and be able to document participation in 5 public service credits (see Appendix A). The Public Service Credit Documentation Form is only a supporting document and should not be the only evidence of a completed PSC.  

III) Master Beekeeper:

  • A.      Must have held the Certified and Journeyman Beekeeper levels 1 year each and should have been a practicing beekeeper for at least 3 years. Also, must be a current SCBKA registered beekeeper.  Special exceptions to this rule will be considered.
  • B.       Must demonstrate/document 10 additional public service credits beyond that required for the Journeyman Beekeeper level (see Appendix A).
  • C.       Choose and declare major (see Appendix C) and demonstrate/document expertise in of 10 credits within the major. We refer to these as "major credits."
  • D.      Must demonstrate/document expertise in 5 credits outside your major. We refer to these as "core credits".  These core credits can be chosen from Appendix B. In addition to this, you may choose credits from other majors to fulfill your core credits.
  • E.       Must score 80% or higher on the written examination. The written examination can include but is not limited to materials covered during previous lectures and/or books/other literature on the Master Beekeeper reading list.
  • F.       Must pass practical which will include a lab portion and must pass an oral examination.  Nominee will be tested by at least three individuals on the review board.  The candidate is tested on one specific area of his or her choice (major) as well as on general knowledge of those areas related to honey bees and beekeeping.

IV) Master Craftsman Beekeeper:

  • A.      Must have held the Master Beekeeper rank for at least 2 years and should have been a beekeeper at least 5 years. Also, must be a current SCBKA registered beekeeper. Special exceptions to this rule will be considered.
  • B.       Must have 15 additional public service credits beyond that required for a Master Beekeeper (see Appendix A). "Extra" public service credits obtained while certifying for the Master Beekeeper Level cannot be applied to the 15 total public service credits needed to achieve Master Craftsman Status.
  • C.       Must satisfy 5 additional new credits toward your declared major (for a total of 8 credits toward major – 3 credits were completed in the Master Beekeeper level). We refer to these as "major credits". If student changes major, he/she must re-declare new major with the MBP board or advisors, and still satisfy 8 total credits toward new major unless previously acquired credits overlap with new major.
  • D.      Must demonstrate expertise in 8 additional new credits outside your major (for a total of 13 credits outside major – 5 credits were completed in the Master Beekeeper level). We refer to these as "core credits".  These credits can be chosen from Appendix B. In addition to this, you may choose credits from other majors to fulfill your core credits.
  • E.       Must demonstrate communication skills (see Appendix D).
  • F.       Must pass an oral examination.  Nominee is tested by at least three individuals on the review board.  The candidate is tested on one specific area of his or her choice (major) as well as on general knowledge of those areas related to honey bees and beekeeping.


APPENDIX A             Public Service Credit Requirements (For the Journeyman, Master, and Master Craftsman Levels)

Candidates for the Journeyman Beekeeper rank or higher must document a certain number of public service credits. "Public service" is defined as volunteer service or educational activity oriented around bees and beekeeping and conducted for the benefit of the public (non-beekeeping audience).  Educational activities in conjunction with commercial ventures generally do not qualify (i.e. selling honey).

One Public Service Credit (PSC) equals a single, documented event of a qualified public service.  Multiple repetitions of a particular activity may count, but only if they involve separate events or invitations.  For example, two presentations to fifth grade science classes may qualify as 2 PSCs but not if they are two successive class periods on the same day.

The key to PSCs is adequate documentation of the event.  Primary documentation is represented by original media: conference programs, testimonial letters from third parties, newspaper clippings, photographs, or video recordings.  Secondary documentation may lack material evidence of the activity, but must at least include a written statement with the title of the event, date, place, time topic, target clientele group and number attended, description of the activity, and its outcome.  In general, documentation must be material evidence, in writing; and more detail is better than less. The MBP Manager/Committee Members reserve the right to accept or reject documentation during program audits. Candidates for Journeyman/Master Beekeeper should present documentation to the Master Beekeeper Program Manager/Committee prior to taking the written examination. We provide a documentation form for your use.

The following activities are pre-approved for satisfying PSC requirements. Other activities may be admissible, but candidates are advised to contact program officers about specific cases.

1) Presenting bee-related lecture or workshop to non-beekeeping group (youth or adult).

2) Officership in local beekeeping association.

3) Assisting members of youth organizations (4-H, Scouts, FFA), etc. with project work.

4) Mentoring a new beekeeper through at least one complete season.

5) Public demonstration on beekeeping topic at fair, festival or similar public event.

6) Providing a hive of bees to pollinate a public garden.

7) Establishing and maintaining observation hive for school or civic group.

8) Designation by local County Extension office or other municipal agency as expert contact on bee-related questions or issues (see points below).

  • a)       MBP participant must contact their county agent and the MBP board to offer their expertise.
  • b)       Must have scored an average of 70 or better on most recent practical & written exams. 
  • c)       Must be a current beekeeper in the county for which extension office appoints them expert (counties may have multiple experts).
  • d)      Must provide a clear channel of communication open to the county, agent and public (e.g.; hotline, email, social media, etc.).
  • e)       Must receive positive evaluation from county extension agent stating: dates of service, value of performance to the office, approximate time dedicated to position, and any additional comments

APPENDIX B Core Credits

Core Credit Requirements – Journeyman Beekeepers must document completion of 5 credits outside their major before they can be considered for advancement to the Master Beekeeper Level.  Master Beekeepers must complete an additional 8 core credits for a grand total of 13 core credits to qualify for Master Craftsman Level. You can choose any of the following credits not in your declared major to fulfill this requirement. In addition to this, you may choose credits from other majors to fulfill your core credits.

1) Winning 1st or 2nd place in an authorized competition in one of the following:

  • ·                         Comb or cut-comb honey/ extracted honey
  • ·                         Crystallized (spun or creamed) honey, or
  • ·                          Beeswax

2) Publishing article in a beekeeping publication (excluding newsletters).

3) Publishing article in a non-beekeeping publication (with at least state-wide distribution).

4) Being recognized as a beekeeping authority in your local area by appearing on radio or TV.

5) Documenting training in life-saving treatment of persons suffering from allergic reactions to insect stings.

6) Attending at least three regional multi-state, national or international beekeeping meetings.

7) You must conduct a program or workshop at a state, regional, national or international meeting or convention.

8) Demonstrating competence in small-scale queen rearing.

9) Completing a course on artificial queen insemination.

10) Acquiring private pesticide applicator’s license.

11) Documenting legally-licensed honey processing facility.

12) Participating/volunteering in a beekeeping research or extension project at an approved institution.

13) Acquiring other certified bee-related training as approved by MBP Manager.

14) Serving two or more years as officer of a bee organization at the state level or higher (need not be consecutive nor in the same organization).

15) Documenting culture/maintenance of other bee species (bumble bees, halictids, etc.).

16) Mentoring a beekeeping group in a rural/underprivileged/international community.

17) International beekeeping experience whereby clear benefits to the group and to SCBKA are documented.

18) Maintaining a public Blog, public journal or public forum on honey bees. Must be informational, resource based in nature, easily accessible and advertised and must be able to show # of site visits during the year.

19) Volunteer with a commercial beekeeper or organized university apiary (40 hours needed)

**Other documentation will be considered but we recommend that you consult the MBP Manager prior to undertaking an event not on the above list.

APPENDIX C         Majors and Credit Requirements
Major must be declared to the MBP Manager/Committee before achieving Master Beekeeper status.

(Candidates MUST be able to document activities – contact MBP Manager/Committee if you have questions about any of the requirements). Other suggested majors/requirement will be considered.

1) Diagnosis and treatment of honey bee pests, parasites, and pathogens

a) Pass (with 80% or higher) a tutorial on diseases of the honey bee

b) Pass (with 80% or higher) a tutorial on pests/parasites of the honey bee

c) Present lecture on bee pests/diseases at state beekeepers meeting or higher

d) Switch to and document use of IPM (integrated pest management) in personal beekeeping operation

e) Serve as "local expert" and assist other beekeepers in proper disease/pest diagnosis in their colonies.

f) Acquire a pesticide applicator license

g) Create reference collection (sterile) of bee pests and diseases

h) Research and review 1 pest or disease of honey bees. The review will be published on the SCBKA website. The written review must be accompanied by a power point presentation.

i) Pass (80% or higher) a practical (hand’s on) examination of bee pests/diseases

j) Attend 3 training workshops on bee pests/diseases (must be able to document)

2) Pollination Ecology and Bee Botany

a) Provide pollination services for gardener (not self) or commercial fruit/nut/vegetable grower (must be able to document)

b) Plant bee-friendly garden in public area (such as library, town square, etc.)

c) Present lecture on pollination ecology or bee botany at state beekeepers meeting or higher

d) Produce handout of local honey plants and when they bloom for local (county or region) clients

e) Pass (80% or higher) practical examination on bee plants

f) Research and review 1 plant that is a major honey production plant in South Carolina. The review will be published on the SCBKA website. The written review must be accompanied by a power point presentation.

g) Become a certified South Carolina Master Gardener

h) Be trained in identifying pollen present in honey samples

i) Document work with pollinator education to the general public

j) Create museum-quality plant collection of regional honey plants

3) Honey Judging

a) Judge state level or higher honey shows

b) Become a certified SCBKA Honey Judge

c) Win 1st or 2nd place in any category of state or higher level honey show

d) Document ability to produce mead

e) Pass (80% or higher) practical examination on honey judging

f) Research and review 1 type of honey important to the South Carolina beekeeping industry. The review will be published on the SCBKA website. The written review must be accompanied by a power point presentation.

g) Educate public about hive products and their uses at a fair booth or other such event

h) Show evidence that you maintain a South Carolina licensed honey house

i) Be trained in identifying pollen present in honey samples

j) Document knowledge (either through written examination, creating of extension bulletins, etc.) of honey production/processing and other products of the hive

4) Beekeeping for Rural Development

a) Document knowledge (either through written examination, creation of extension bulletin, etc.) of alternative methods of queen rearing

b) Pass (80% or higher) a practical (hand’s on) examination of bee pests/diseases, including non-chemical control of these disorders

c) Document knowledge (either through written examination, creating of extension bulletins, etc.) of honey production/processing and other products of the hive, including value adding theory

d) Document proficiency in hive equipment assembly

e) Be proficient in a foreign language

f) Volunteer for Winrock, Partners of America, or other similar organization

g) Be a certified South Carolina Master Gardener

h) Pass (80% or higher) written examination on beekeeping for rural development

i) Win 1st or 2nd place in any category of state or higher level honey show

j) Document knowledge (either through written examination, creation of SC Extension bulletins, etc.) of pollination ecology, general honey bee biology, and colony management for honey production

5) Queen production

a) Document that you are rearing queens according to best management practices

b) Attend instrumental insemination course

c) Pass (80% or higher) examination of mating biology and bee genetics

d) Research and review alternative queen rearing methods industry. The review will be published on the SCBKA website. The written review must be accompanied by a power point presentation.

e) Volunteer with professional queen breeder (40 hours needed)

f) Research and review one (1) race of honey bee. The review will be published on the SCBKA website. The written review must be accompanied by a power point presentation.

g) Serve as "local expert" and assist other beekeepers with queen production. Must be able to document.

h) Pass (with 80% or higher) a tutorial on Africanized honey bees

i) Must document that you have mentored/trained others in the dynamics of queen rearing

j) Must document that you are selecting for resistance traits in own queen rearing operation

6) African honey bees

a) Document proficiency in USDA bee identification methods

b) Generate African bee extension information (presentations, etc.) for a specific target audience (Master Gardeners, etc.)

c) Pass (with 80% or higher) a tutorial on Africanized honey bees

d) Pass (80% or higher) examination of mating biology and bee genetics

e) Acquire a pesticide applicator license

f) Document knowledge and participation in colony bait hive service

g) Document trip to another area having African bees.  Candidate must be able to document work with the Africanized bees while in the area.

h) Serve as "local expert" and assist other beekeepers with African bee related issues

i) Must keep personal bee colonies according to best management practices

j) Present lecture on African honey bees at state beekeepers meeting

7) Advanced bee husbandry

a) Switch to and document use of IPM (integrated pest management) in personal beekeeping operation

b) Pass (80% or higher) a practical (hand’s on) examination of bee pests/diseases

c) Provide pollination services for gardener (not self) or commercial fruit/nut/vegetable grower (must be able to document)

d) Plant bee-friendly garden in public area (such as library, town square, etc.)

e) Become a certified South Carolina Master Gardener

f) Document knowledge (either through written examination, creating of extension bulletins, etc.) of honey production/processing and other products of the hive, including value adding theory

g) Document that you are rearing queens according to best management practices

h) Attend instrumental insemination course

i) Document proficiency in USDA guidelines

j) Pass (80% or higher) examination of mating biology and bee genetics

8) Native bee apiculture

a) Build a native bee nest habitat for community garden or commercial fruit/nut/vegetable grower

b) Build a native bee nest habitat in a public area (such as library, town square, school, etc.)

c) Present a lecture on (1) native bee diversity or (2) how to create native bee habitats at a state, regional (multi-state), national or international beekeepers meeting

d) Produce an educational color pamphlet or brochure of local native bees for local (county or region) clientele. (All photos used must be cited and permissions granted by the photographer or copyright holder; a reference list is required)

e) Pass (80% or higher) a practical examination on bee and wasp identification

f) Research and produce a review of one species of native South Carolina bee. The review will be published on the SCBKA website. The written review must be accompanied by a power point presentation.

g) Participate in a university study about native bees and show documentation

h) Conduct a survey using native bee monitoring techniques and report on the local native bees present in your area with a digital photograph collection of regional bees and wasps complete with an index that provides date/location/identification information for each photo or a museum-quality insect collection of regional bees and wasps complete with collector and species identification labels

i) Document involvement with providing native bee education to the general public

j) Write an article centered around a specific native bee or around native bees in general to be published in a popular journal or magazine or for a website (i.e. SCBKA document).

9) Apiculture education

a) Develop an original bee related educational PowerPoint presentation (check with MBP Manager/Committee for topic) for a 45-minute lecture, accompanied by a script and a cover page identifying the following: target audience, accompanying resources, further reading list (all photos used must be cited and permissions granted by the photographer or copyright holder; a reference list is required)

b) Develop educational pamphlet detailing an aspect of beekeeping (extracting honey, building equipment, etc.) for distribution among beekeepers (all photos used must be cited and permissions granted by the photographer or copyright holder; a reference list is required)

c) Develop original educational pamphlet explaining a bee related issue that may be important for the general public (or a specific target audience) for distribution (all photos used must be cited and permissions granted by the photographer or copyright holder; a reference list is required)

d) Write an article about one of the following topics: education using bees, safety and beekeeping, bee related laws and regulations, bee anatomy and biology, beekeeping IPM, or other approved topic for a popular journal, magazine or newsletter

e) Pass (80% or higher) a module on apiculture education basics

f) Attend 5 state or higher level beekeeping seminars (such as the South Carolina State Beekeepers Association spring or summer annual meetings, the annual meeting of the American Beekeeping Federation, etc.) – you must be able to document attendance

g) Develop a bee related teaching module (for beekeepers) accompanied by an evaluation tool (something with which you can judge the success of your teaching module)

h) Provide documentation of successful beekeeping mentorship (i.e., the individual you are mentoring is showing clear progress due to your instruction) via self-created pre/posttests, evaluations, documented growth and progress

i) Attend educational seminars – not on bee education but on how to be an effective educator – these occur in many places; contact the program board for ideas

j) Provide documentation of participation in peer review of extension presentations by other beekeepers, accompanied by a feedback evaluation form signed by the reviewer, presenter and outreach contact.

APPENDIX D         Communication Skills Applicable for Master Level Only.

- Nominee must present program at a State Beekeeper conference. Program may be in the form of a general presentation, workshop, or similar activity.

- Nominee must complete two of the following activities:

1) Prepare and publish article in beekeeping journal.

2) Prepare and publish article on bees or beekeeping in non-beekeeping publication.

3) Be interviewed on radio or TV program regarding honey bees and/or beekeeping.

4) Be featured in a newspaper article regarding honey bees and/or beekeeping.

APPENDIX E    Suggested Reading List for Certified Level Examinations

Books

1) Honey Bees and Beekeeping: A Year in the Life of an Apiary, 3rd Edition – Keith Delaplane (2007)

2) The Beekeeper’s Handbook, 4th Edition – Diana Sammataro, Alphonse Avitabile, Dewey M. Caron (2011)

3) First Lessons in Beekeeping – Keith Delaplane (2007)

4) The Backyard Beekeeper, Revised and Updated: An Absolute Beginner's Guide to Keeping Bees in Your Yard and Garden. – Kim Flottum (2010)

5) Honey Bee Biology and Beekeeping – Dewey Caron (2000)

6) Storey’s Guide to Keeping Honey Bees - Richard E. Bonney (2010)

Periodicals

1) American Bee Journal

2) Bee Culture

Suggested Reading List for Journeyman Level Examinations (in addition to those listed for the Apprentice Level Examination)

Books

  • 1)      The Hive and the Honey Bee – Dadant and Sons, Inc. (1992)
  • 2)      ABC & XYZ of Bee Culture – A.I. Root, (2007)
  • 3)      Honey Bee Pests, Predators, and Diseases, 3rd Edition – A.I. Root (Morse and Flottum, Eds.) (1998)
  • 4)      The Biology of the Honey Bee – Mark Winston (1991)
  • 5)      Bee Pollination in Agricultural Ecosystems – Rosalind James and Theresa L. Pitts-Singer (2008)

Websites

1) All "honey bee" entries (search for "honey bee") and document research of at least 20 websites

2) Honey Bee Research websites and document at least 10 different websites

3) Honey Bee Parasites, Pests, Predators and Diseases website and document at least 5 different websites

APPENDIX F    Examinations

To become a Certified and Journey beekeeper, participants must take a written and practical examination. The written tests may consist of multiple choice, true/false, short answer, and matching. The practical tests contain multiple choice, true/false, and matching questions, but also include identification of hive parts, tools, and diseases/pests of honey bees. Candidates must receive a 80% or higher on BOTH the practical and written examinations to achieve the next level in the program. Passing candidates will receive their certificate of accomplishment at the respective awards ceremony (spring or summer meetings) or by mail. Generally, the certified test will cover the following subject areas: general beekeeping, honey bee biology, basic bee anatomy, honey production and products, pests and diseases (common names, causes and treatments), beekeeping equipment use and terminology, and important historical facts (especially people who contributed to the development of beekeeping).  Journeyman level testing will include all of the apprentice level subjects with the addition of scientific names of pests/diseases and honey bee species, pollination, native bee information and identification, pesticides and Africanized bees. Be sure to review the materials in the Reading List provided.

APPENDIX G         Program Status, Limitations, Presentation and Documentation Guidelines and Re-tests for the SCBKA Master Beekeeper Program

  • ·        Active Status – Any Master Beekeeper Program participant who is actively pursuing the next level in the program with no more than 2 years lapsing before testing to obtain the next level (special exceptions: no more than 3 years between the Master and Master Craftsman Levels). Active beekeepers will receive invitations to MBP-only training events, socials, receive emails regarding PSC credits, and are eligible to receive Master Beekeeper of the Year Award.
  • ·         Activity Report -Master Beekeeper Program participants can/should submit a yearly activity report. This report can be used, in part, to determine the Master Beekeeper of the Year Award. An activity report should consist of a list of credit-worthy activities completed during the calendar year. Please include the name and short description of activity, date, type of audience and # of people reached. Participants are encouraged to use the "Cover sheets" to assist in organizing this information. These reports will be accepted yearly, until January 31st.

Presentation (of PSC’s) Guidelines

  • 1)      Be punctual, trustworthy and reliable. Follow through on your commitments and responsibilities. Call if you will be delayed or cannot attend the event. Make a reasonable effort to find a replacement speaker if you are going to miss a commitment.
  • 2)      Maintain a friendly, warm, and courteous attitude toward the public.
  • 3)      Communicate effectively with clients, staff and fellow Master Beekeeper Program Students.
  • 4)      Dress appropriately for the volunteer activity in which you are involved.
  • 5)      Follow affirmative action policies which forbid discrimination against anyone because of their race, color, gender, nation of origin, religion, age or disability.

Documentation Guidelines

  • 1)      Journeyman level and higher should complete public service credits throughout the year and turn in documentation for credit prior to sitting for next level exam.  Special circumstances will be considered for late PSC submissions.  
  • 2)      All documentation should be submitted by noon on examination day.   
  • 3)      It is now required to present every credit with a "Documentation of Public Service Credits Form" and at least one additional piece of evidence for that credit.  
  • 4)      Each level is now required to use the appropriate "Cover Sheet" to organize and summarize their credits (see website for downloadable forms).
  • 5)      The key to presenting all credits, public, major and core; is adequate documentation of the event/activity.
  • 6)      Primary documentation is represented by original media: conference programs, testimonial letters from third parties, newspaper clippings, photographs, or video recordings. 

FYI: We request that you present these materials neatly, professionally, and well organized.

Master Bee Program Manager/committee reserves the right to accept or reject documentation during program audits of the SCBKA Master Beekeeper Program

Re-tests

  • 1)      All participants are welcome to re-take any test on which they failed to achieve a passing score. This must be done within eight weeks of the original exam date (special accommodations will be considered if unable to meet the time requirement) and will be certified as passing on the original exam date. This test may be proctored at the participant’s local bee association. The participant must contact the MBP Manager to request a re-test. Re-tests are offered at no charge.
  • 2)      Students wishing to re-test after 8 weeks, but within one year of the original exam date, and achieve a passing score, will be certified at the next exam date. This stipulation maintains the prior caveat that each participant must hold each rank for at least one year before being allow to test to advance in the program.

Appendix H     Program Awards

Categories: (Pending board approval)

  • ·         Certified Beekeeper of the Year Award
  • (Will be awarded to the certified beekeeper that has worked most diligently towards achieving Journeyman Level)
  • ·         Journeyman Beekeeper of the Year Award
  • ·         Master Beekeeper of the Year Award

Eligibility:

  • 1)       Time frame eligible: January 1 – Dec 31 of the current year.
  • 2)       Applications/nominations due by January 31 following award year.
  • 3)       Must have held respective rank during majority of that calendar year.

For example:

a) If you tested and advanced to the Journeyman Beekeeper level in March, then you could apply for "Journeyman Beekeeper of the Year".

b) If you tested and advanced for the Master Beekeeper level in October, then you could apply for "Journeyman Beekeeper of the Year" because you held the Journeyman level for the majority of the year.

Awards will be based on the following criteria:

  • ·         Combined average scores on the written and practical examinations taken at respective level
  • ·         Number of Public Service Credits (PSCs) completed (more is better)
  • ·         Exceeded necessary requirements to achieve ones respective level
  • ·         The total number of people reached through PSCs and other required activities (such as Major and Core Credits, Research Project, and/or Extension Project)
  • ·         Quality and impact of PSCs and other required activities (such as Major and Core Credits, Research Project, and/or Extension Project)

- Emphasis on publications, reproducible materials, program development, etc. that can be used beyond their use for advancement in the South Carolina Master Beekeeper Program.

To be considered:

1) Submit your own name with activity report (see appendix G) to MBP Manager/Committee.

2) Nominate a fellow Master Beekeeper Program Participant

a. Nominee will then be contacted at which point they can accept or decline the nomination.

b. Nominee will be requested to submit an activity report

Summary of requirements needed to achieve each level in the SC Master Beekeeper .Program. Level

Registered Beekeeper

Written
Exam

Practical
Exam

Oral
Exam

Public Service Credits

Core Credits

Major Credits

Research/
Extension Project

Certified

x

x

x

-

-

-

-

-

Journeyman

x

x

x

-

5

-

- *

-

Master

x

x

x

-

10

5

3

x (project approval)

Master Craftsman

x

-

x

x

15

8

5

x

Credit totals

-

-

-

-

30(minimum)

13**

8**

-

 


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