TN Master Beekeeper Basic Class

The Tennessee Master Beekeeper Program is a school for beekeepers. The goal is to improve the knowledge of TN beekeepers about beekeeping, and the program is dedicated to all beekeepers in Tennessee. It started as a pilot in 1991 for 55 people from 3 counties and was expanded in 1992-93 to include testing before and after the course, 10 classroom topics and 1 field day with hands-on training. An info packet provides 24 publications and outlines for classes. Currently more than 3,000 participants, representing 85+ TN counties have completed the Basic Level.

Basic level is an entry-level program and requires no previous training to enroll or no mandatory "years of beekeeping". Completing this level requires passing a simple written test to objectively assess the skills acquired. Individuals should be familiar with basic knowledge and skills necessary for a beginning beekeeper. Topics to understand for the Basic Level:

1. Sources of beekeeping information for the "beeginner"
2. The colony – basic bee biology and behavior
3. The bee hive – construction, equipment, tools
4. Acquiring bees – packages, swarms, queens
5. Seasonal management – swarm prevention, supering, over-wintering
6. Diseases – detection, prevention, management
7. Forage and nutrition
8. Processing of hive products – honey and wax
9. Pollination - bee food plants – pollen and nectar
10. Beekeeper Responsibilities
*(Apiary visit – weather permitting – must bring your own protective gear including veil)

This is a 16-20 hour beekeeping class with two sessions as noted below and meets the requirements for TAEP grant funding.

The cost per person is $100 and is NON-REFUNDABLE. Please see details below for dates, locations and contact information. Online registration only – no walk-in registrations will be accepted.

Registration Deadline: one week before class starts.

Class will be capped at 35 participants & may be cancelled if a minimum of 15 participants is not met.

2019 Class schedule and locations:

Hamilton County - Chattanooga, TN. All classes will meet in Hamilton County Extension Office.
Tom Stebbins (Phone 423-855-6113) & Jennifer Tsuruda (Phone 865-974-0209) - Organizers
Online Registration
DateSessionTimeLocation
May 9 Session 1 8:00am – 5:00pm EST6183 Adamson Circle, Bonny Oaks Industrial Park, Chattanooga, TN 37416

May 10Session 28:00am – 5:00pm EST6183 Adamson Circle, Bonny Oaks Industrial Park, Chattanooga, TN 37416


Knox County - Knoxville, TN. All classes will meet on the UT campus (parking passes will be made available).
Jennifer Tsuruda (Phone 865-974-0209) - Organizer
Online Registration
DateSessionTimeLocation
May 23Session 18:00am – 5:00pm EST156/157 Plant Biotechnology Bldg, 2505 E. J. Chapman Dr, Knoxville, TN 37996

May 24Session 28:00am – 5:00pm EST156/157 Plant Biotechnology Bldg, 2505 E. J. Chapman Dr, Knoxville, TN 37996


Rutherford County - Murfreesboro, TN. All classes will meet at the Rutherford County Extension Office.
Mitchell Mote (Phone 615-898-7710) & Jennifer Tsuruda (Phone 865-974-0209) - Organizers
Online Registration
DateSessionTimeLocation
July 18Session 18:00am – 5:00pm CST315 John R. Rice Blvd., Murfreesboro, TN 37129-4105

July 19Session 28:00am – 5:00pm CST315 John R. Rice Blvd., Murfreesboro, TN 37129-4105


Greene County - Greeneville, TN. All classes will meet at the Greene County Extension Office.
Melody Rose (Phone 423-798-1710)& Jennifer Tsuruda (Phone 865-974-0209) - Organizers
Online Registration
DateSessionTimeLocation
Aug 1Session 18:00am – 5:00pm EST204 North Cutler Street, Suite 105, Greeneville, TN 37745-3847

Aug 2Session 28:00am – 5:00pm EST204 North Cutler Street, Suite 105, Greeneville, TN 37745-3847


Madison County - Jackson, TN. All classes will meet at the Madison County Extension Office.
Celeste Scott (Phone 731-668-8543) & Jennifer Tsuruda (Phone 865-974-0209) - Organizers
Online Registration
DateSessionTimeLocation
Aug 16Session 18:00am – 5:00pm CST309 N. Parkway, Jackson, TN 38305-2797

Aug 17Session 28:00am – 5:00pm CST309 N. Parkway, Jackson, TN 38305-2797


Putnam County - Cookeville, TN. All classes will meet at the Putnam County Extension Office.
Wayne Key (Phone 931-526-4561) & Jennifer Tsuruda (Phone 865-974-0209) - Organizers
Online Registration

*NOTE: These sessions take place after the 2019 TAEP cycle but will qualify for the 2020 TAEP cycle
DateSessionTimeLocation
Sept 19Session 18:00am – 5:00pm CST900 S. Walnut Ave., Room 4, Cookeville, TN 38501

Sept 20Session 28:00am – 5:00pm CST900 S. Walnut Ave., Room 4, Cookeville, TN 38501


Additional Basic Classes may be planned depending on need. If class is full, please fill out this interest form to assist with future planning: Interest Form

Price:

$100.00