Here are some questions I’ve been asked lately about being trained in the BBE-Tech Apiary Services Apiarist apprenticeship program.
What’s the difference between the term “apiarist” and “beekeeper”?
For purposes of discussion of the trade of working with bee hives in a production (for the purpose of harvesting resources from the hive) BBE-Tech Apiary Services used the word “beekeeper” to refer to those who practice beekeeping as a hobby. The term “apiarist” is thus used to refer to those engaged in beekeeping for professional purposes.
What’s does training with BBE-Tech Apiary Services offer me?
As a professional working in a production apiary as a way of making a living, full or part time or even as a volunteer, training as an Apiarist with BBE-Tech offers education and building experience based on best practices and current available information. Apprentices are trained to standards which can be applied to achieve measurable success with respect to keeping honey bee colonies alive and thriving in a production apiary environment.
What does certification as an Apiarist by BBE-Tech Apiary Services offer me?
Being certified as an Apiarist while working in beekeeping as a trade offers a certain gravitas and a degree of credibility due to having had to prove that you are able to do the many and various tasks and not only know, but actively apply the knowledge necessary to being successful as a professional in the field of beekeeping. Being certified demonstrates that you have been held to established standards and are committed to professionalism in the field.
What is generally involved in training and certification as an Apiarist by BBE-Tech Apiary Services?
When registering in the Apprenticeship program, you will take classes on basic and advanced bee areas such as biology, behavior, hive management, pest management, queen rearing, honey production, pollination, and other important subjects.
You will also be assigned to work with live hives in real teaching apiaries that are also functioning production apiaries as well. While helping to work those hives you will be assisting and following the directions of current Apiarists, Apiary Managers and Master Apiarists in all aspects of hive management and harvesting over a full season.
Once education and training components have been or are near completion, you will take written, verbal and situational exams to demonstrate knowledge, experience and the ability to actively apply those in real apiary situations. Having successfully passed those exams, you will then be issued a certification at the level of Apiarist that you have been training for.
Are there benefits to training and certification beyond being certified?
Yes, once successfully being certified as an Apiarist, you will be inducted for the first year at no cost into the fraternal trade organization, Associated Certified Apiarists (APA), an group operated by BBE-Tech Apiary Services in the interests of providing ongoing support, community, referral and recommendations for those successfully certified at any of the three Apiarist levels.
ACA members receive news about ongoing and upcoming information in the field, invitations and discounts on workshops and advanced topic classes and training. ACA members also are prioritized or are given privileged access to new Apiary opportunities to work in.
After the first year, members may continue their affiliation with the ACA by renewing their membership on the BBE-Tech Apiary Services website.