Journeyman Study Materials

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Presentations from the Summer Meeting:

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Journeyman Public Service Credit Requirements (For the Journeyman Level)
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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. Board Members reserve the right to accept or reject documentation during program audits. Candidates for Journeyman Beekeeper must 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 80 on most recent practical & written exams. 
c)       Must be a 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

To all Journeyman Students  
We created this page that only can see and have access too.  You can access this page anywhere from your media device.  Download these study notes to your media device and study on the go.

Class Syllabus click here.  Teachers & Class Facilitators
Mel Wallace & Staci Siler, Richard Hanks, Dr. Mike Hood,  Buddy May, Walter Perrin & Cynthia Robinson

What you can to bring to class....
  • Your favorite note taking notebook with paper (3 ring binder optional)
  • Water Bottle & Snacks
  • Bring your Textbook-The Hive and The Honey Bee
  • Electronic Tablet or laptop (optional)
  • 4 gig Flash drive or compact card to copy any digital class materials.(optional)
  • You can bring your lunch in or there are local eateries
  • Bring what you need to make you feel comfortable
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Studying ahead of time:  Yes by all means study notes from your certification class.  The Journeyman class takes the cert class to the next level, requiring more biological, scientific and environmental details.  If you have a The Hive and The HoneyBee begin reading now (borrow someone's book).  Open the attached Syllabus and take note of the teaching sessions.  Read up on information pertaining to those topics.  We are working on getting you reading material shortly, look for it in your inbox soon.

Look at the Hive and The Honey Bee that was published in 1853 
The Hive and the Honey Bee published by Dadant revised in 1992

This is where your Tablet or iPad is great to have.  To Access the Study Material, Click the links below and read or absorb online OR Download to your device.


Lesson 1 - History of Honey Bee & Race 
Links to Look at Race of Bees by NC State Entomology.
PDF of presentation from Journeyman ClassRaces of HoneyBees 2014.pdf

Lesson 2 - Honey Bee Anatomy & Physiology
PowerPoint from Dr. Mike Hood 2006 - HoneyBee Biology
PowerPoint from Debra Delaney - Secret Life of Bees Presentation from Summer mtg many years ago.
Richard's Presentation Anatomy and Physiology pp.pdf

Lesson 3 - Honey Labeling/Packaging/Regulations 

Lesson 4 - HoneyBee Pest and Disease
Read the online information about the Small Hive Beetle.
Download and Read Dr. Hood's published document on Small Hive Beetle.
USDA Doc on Diseases - Diagnosis of Honey Bee Diseases
Dr. Hood's presentation

Lesson 5 - Queen Rearing
Presentation given by Sue Cobey at Spring Meeting 2012-Queen Rearing
PDF on Queen Rearing - Raising_Honey_Bee_Queens_5-8-2014.pdf
Buddy's Presentation:

Lesson 6 - Swarming and Swarm Control
Mell's Presentation Swarm Control 1-12-2014.pdf

Lesson 7 - Honey Bees and their Relatives

Lesson 8 - Pollination/Parts of Flowers/Pollen & Nectar Plants
Booklet on Crop Pollination  - CAPAcroppollination.pdf
Poster on Nectar Plants - click here

Lesson 9 - Pesticides & Pesticide Labels Proper Application
Staci's Presentation Pesticides _ Regulations.pdf


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