Educational and training opportunities are available from some state universities. Some of these universities sponsor beekeeping workshops or specialized training for both beginning and master beekeepers. Check with your local Extension office or your state Apiarist.
Pennsylvania State University's Department of Distance Education offers a correspondence course entitled "AG 5126 — Introductory Beekeeping." It provides basic information needed to manage a small number of honey bee colonies. It has 10 lessons, with no examination, and costs $74.00, including materials and tuition. For information and registration procedures, contact:
The Pennsylvania State University
Department of Distance Education
Independent Learning Center 207 Mitchell Building University Park, PA 16802 (800)252-3592
The American Society of Beekeepers provides free on-line classes including Beginning Beekeeping 101, Intermediate Beekeeping 201, and Advanced Beekeeping 301. Each class has lessons in different aspects of beekeeping. The classes are all free, but anyone interested in getting a certificate of achievement will need to pay $25.00 to take a test. For additional information on any of these classes, visit <http://www.gobeekeeping.com/ >.
Three specialized beekeeping short courses devoted to stock improvement are offered every summer at The Ohio State University Rothenbuhler Honey Bee Laboratory, in Columbus, Ohio. The classes are the Art of Queen Rearing, Instrumental Insemination & Breeding, and Advanced Insemination Instruction. These courses are designed to advance the beekeeping industry as well as provide training for research personnel. For additional information about these annual classes, contact: Susan W. Cobey Rothenbuhler Honey Bee Lab 1735 Neil Avenue Columbus, OH 43210 (614) 292-7928, Fax: (614) 292-5237 Email: [email protected] http://www174.pair.com/birdland/ Breeding/classmain.html
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