Master Beekeeper Program

Beekeeping is a lifelong learning experience.  We encourage all OCBA members to participate in North Carolina State Beekeepers Association’s Master Beekeeper Program to advance their beekeeping expertise and knowledge.


The Master Beekeeper Program was developed to provide a formal structure to all beekeepers to improve their beekeeping skills and knowledge. The Master Beekeeper Program consists of four levels: Certified, Journeyman, Master and Master Craftsman Beekeeper. Advancing through the levels consists of a mix of written, practical, field and oral exams plus public service.

Club members interested in participating in the Master Beekeeper Program must also be active members of the NCSBA. Membership in the NCSBA is separate from the OCBA membership. Annual membership is $15.

Randall Austin is OCBA’s Master Beekeeper Coordinator. In this capacity, he serves as OCBA’s liaison to the North Carolina State Beekeepers Association’s Master Beekeeper Program. Among OCBA’s current membership, these members have earned advanced beekeeping certifications.

Certified Beekeepers

Larry Arnold • Jeanne Arnts • David Bailey • Lee Bumgarner • Anne Cabell • Lauren Carreto • Scott Crook • Carrie Donley • Sheri Gant • Elizabeth Gokay-Duffy • James Greco • Gillian Hadden • Joan Kalnitsky • Robert King • Karen Lauterbach • Mary Leonhardi • Dick Merritt • Michael Morrissey • Nancy Oglesby • Ian Rasmussen • Haywood Rhodes • Chris Richmond • Nerissa Rivera • Vicki Robertson • John Schaub • Cathy Starks • Tim Struttmann • Kim Talikoff • Megan Talikoff • Tommy Tuck • Lara Wilkinson • Erika Wittchen

Journeyman Beekeepers

Carol Carter • Ryan Chamberlain • Jim Evans • Brad Kosiba • Celeste Mayer •  Philip Moore •  Elizabeth Pratson • Louise (Lou) Rascoe • John Rintoul • Dawn Rogers • Mark Smith • Walter Starks • Lisa Vogel • Lynn Wilson

Master Beekeepers

Chris Apple • Randall Austin • Lewis Cauble • David Eckert • Geneva Green • Mark Powers • Cynthia Speed • John Wallace 

Master Beekeeper Study Group–Next Group Forming Spring 2021

To support our members pursuing the Journeyman and Master Beekeeper certifications, the club offers a study group led by two Master Beekeepers who help students prepare for successful testing. The group meets in the Spring and members take turns presenting on reading assignment topics.