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).