Study Group for Master Beekeeper Program\Advanced Beekeeping

For several years the OCBA has hosted a Master Beekeeper Program (MBP) Study Group to assist members who are interested in progressing in the NCSBA Master Beekeeper Program (Certified/Journeyman/Master/Master Craftsman) by increasing their knowledge, sharing tips for completion of the steps, etc. The study curriculum follows the Study Guide for Journeyman Beekeeper as well as the Advanced Level Curriculum on the NSCBA website.

Many of the past participants in these study groups have successfully completed additional levels of the NCSBA MBP.  With enough interest, NCSBA Master Beekeepers Chris Apple and David Eckert will host this Study Group again in 2020 on the 2nd Tuesday of each month from February to June from 6 to 8 PM.  

While we don’t check credentials at the door and any OCBA member is welcome to participate, this study group is designed for people who have attended a bee school in the past, have kept bees for several years and have pursued on-going education via attendance at State meetings, reading books, keeping up with the popular beekeeping magazines etc. There will be no remedial education; everyone must keep up on their own.

The format is open discussion led by a different participant every month and facilitated by the study group leaders. The group leaders are not the “teacher”; the group members are responsible for teaching each other as part of the group. This makes outside reading and preparation critical for the success of the group. There are monthly reading assignments which participants must complete. In addition, each participant must prepare and make presentations to the group on a rotating basis.

We use The Hive and the Honey Bee (2015 edition) as our primary textbook, although the 1992 edition is acceptable. Be careful when purchasing this book from somewhere other than Dadant; it is very easy to buy the wrong edition. Anything earlier than the 1992 edition will be worthless for the study group. Be especially careful not to confuse this with Langstroth’s seminal work with the same title, the first very edition from 1853, which is available new on Amazon and elsewhere, as well as free on

The only drop-dead requirement for participation is that you are a paid-up, card-carrying member of both the OCBA ($10) and the NCSBA ($15) by the time the group starts (February 11). FYI, NCSBA membership is required because you must be a member of NCSBA in order to participate in the MBP.

If you would like to participate, please complete the sign-up form below. 


Master Beekeeper Program Study Group Sign-up

  • All participants are required to join OCBA for the current year to participate in the Study Group.
  • All participants are required to be a current member of NCSBA to participate in the Study Group.
  • Please enter a value less than or equal to 99.