Diagnosis and Treatment of Honey Bee Pests, Parasites, and Pathogens

Major Declaration
November 19, 2018
Pollination Ecology and Bee Botany
November 19, 2018
  1. Pass (with 80% or higher) an exam*** on diseases and pests of the honey bee.
  2. Pass (with 80% or higher) a tutorial* on either pests/parasites of the honey bee, or diseases of the honey bee.
  3. Present lecture on bee pests/diseases at state beekeepers meeting or higher OR at three local associations.
  4. Switch to and document use of IPM (integrated pest management) in personal beekeeping operation. Documentation should reflect at least one season and include assessment, planning, implementation, and evaluation.
  5. Assist other beekeepers with diagnosis of pests/parasites/pathogen in their colonies. Must document contact with beekeepers and provide presentation to local beekeeping association.
  6. Acquire a pesticide applicator license and provide a presentation at local club on safe pesticide use and how to protect bees from pesticide exposure in various situations (with PowerPoint).
  7. Create reference collection (sterile) of bee pests and diseases.
  8. Research and review 1 pest, parasite, or disease of honey bees. The review may be published on the SCBA website. The written review must be accompanied by a PowerPoint presentation.
  9. Attend 3 training workshops on bee pests/diseases (must be able to document).
  10. Provide presentations to two local beekeeping associations on history, biology, and management of either varroa or small hive beetle with outline and PowerPoint.

* Tutorial refers to presenting a short (15 minutes or less) presentation to one to three MBP appointed
examiner(s) demonstrating your understanding of the subject matter and your ability to present the material to another or a group. The opportunity to present a tutorial requires the candidate to schedule their presentation with the SCBA MBP by June 1st and is only offered at SCBA summer conferences.Tutorials should include written material, a post test, and a PowerPoint.


** Practical examination refers to a hands-on demonstration presented to one to three MBP appointed examiners(s) demonstrating your ability to perform a specific task. The MBP may ask the candidate to demonstrate a related specific task during the candidates practical testing. Ex. During a colony inspection for assessment of diseases/parasites/pests the candidate may be asked to perform an alcohol wash.

Practical exams may satisfy no more than two credits at any MBP level. Requests for Practical exams to complete major/minor credits must be made by June 1st and will only be offered at SCBA summer conferences.


*** Exam with regard to major or core credits refers to a testing of knowledge. It may be in the form of a written test or an assigned term paper or other assignment demonstrating the individual’s through understanding of the subject matter. Exam credits may satisfy no more than two credits at any MBP level. Exams must be requested by June 1st in advance of written and oral testing at SCBA summer conferences.

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