Participants must take a written and practical examination for completion of the Certified, Journeyman, and
Master Levels. An oral examination is required at the Master and Master Craftsman Levels. Written tests may
consist of multiple choice, true/false, short answer, matching, and short essay.
A Practical Field Hive Assessment is required at the Certified Level with elements as listed in the Certified Level
Requirements. At the Journeyman Level the Practical is divided into 2 parts: a field assessment and a written
assessment. The written portion may consist, but is not limited to the elements listed in the Journeyman Level
Requirements. To complete the field assessment of the practical, the Journeyman candidate must submit a
video demonstrating one of the following beekeeping skills: their ability to monitor and treat a honey bee
colony for varroa OR their ability to remove and harvest honey from a honey bee colony. A rubric with required
elements is available from the MBP Committee upon request. Quality of photography is not essential as long as the required elements are clearly demonstrated. The Practical for the Master Level is in the form of a Field Hive Assessment offered exclusively at the SCBA Summer Conferences. The MBP Committee will provide an outline of the field hive assessment testing to the candidate in advance of testing. The Research Project replaces the Practical on the Master Craftsman Level. Please see the individual levels for the required passing score for the respective tests.
Oral exams will only be conducted at SCBA Summer Conferences. The candidate is required to give written
notice to the SCBA MBP Director of his/her desire to test no later than June 1st in order to ensure the availability of an expert review board. The MBP Committee will provide an outline of the oral testing to the candidate in advance.
Certified and Journeyman Level testing must be administered by an approved Journeyman, Master, or Master
Craftsman Level beekeeper. Master Level testing must be administered by an approved Master Level or Master
Craftsman Level beekeeper or a documented apiculture expert. Master Craftsman Level testing must be
administered by an approved Master Craftsman or a documented apiculture specialist.
Certified testing is offered online as well as at the SCBA Summer Conferences. Journeyman testing may be offered in rotating locations throughout the State as well as at the Conferences. Master and Master Craftsman testing will only be provided once a year at the Summer Conference. Registration for advanced testing must be made by June 1st in order to insure the availability of expert review board.
Certified Level candidates will be awarded their certificate of accomplishment by the local club or association
that sponsored the training and exam they attended. Journeyman, Master, and Master Craftsman Level
candidates will be awarded their certificate of achievement at the next occurring State Spring or Summer