Journeyman Online Prep Course

Course Details:

The Journeyman Online Prep Course is a live, web-based course of instruction offered by the South Carolina Beekeepers Association and the SC Master Beekeeper Program and supported by the Clemson Apiculture and Pollinator Program. This course of instruction is taught by certified Journeyman and Master Beekeepers who have proven experience and proficiency according to the criteria established by the SC Master Beekeeper Program. The purpose of the Journeyman Online Prep Course is to prepare aspiring journeyman beekeepers to pass the test to achieve journeyman level certification and advance through the SC Master Beekeeper Program.  The course may also be beneficial to an established beginning beekeeper who is ready for a challenge as well as an experienced Journeyman Level beekeeper aspiring a review prior to progressing to the Master Level.

The Journeyman Online Prep Course offers 18 hours of course instruction delivered in nine live web meetings using the Zoom web meeting platform.  Each session will include a lecture presentation and interactive discussion which will complement selected reading from “The Hive and the Honey Bee.”  Sessions will begin at 6:00 PM and conclude by 8:00 PM and will occur on Tuesday and Thursday evenings according to the following agenda.

Week 1

Tuesday, 6 Oct. 2020 – Course Introduction and Beginnings of Apiculture – Susan Jones

Reading pp. 1-49

  • SCBA/MBP overview
  • Journeyman course description and requirements
  • History of man and western honey bees

Thursday, 8 Oct. 2020 – Honey Bees and their Relatives – Rosalind Severt

Reading pp. 53-66; 95-103

  • Relatives of western honey bees
  • Races of western honey bees
  • Africanized honey bees

Week 2

Tuesday, 13 Oct. 2020 – Honey Bee Morphology and Colony Organization – Ben Powell

Reading pp. 111-195; 311-331

  • External anatomy
  • Internal anatomy
  • Pheromones and social physiology

Thursday, 15 Oct. 2020 – Honey Bees and Their Forages – Susan Jones/Rosalind Severt

Reading pp. 237-260; 345-457; 803-829

  • Honey bee nutrition
  • Morphology of plants and flowers
  • Nectar plants for honey bees

Week 3

Tuesday, 20 Oct. 2020  – Maladies of Honey Bees – Dave McFawn, Dave Miller

Reading pp. 833-867

  • Diseases
  • Pests (section on Small Hive Beetles – Dave Miller)
  • Predators

Thursday, 22 Oct. 2020 – Swarming, Absconding and Pesticides – Ben Powell

Reading pp. 73-95; 881-900

  • Natural colony reproduction
  • Absconding
  • Pesticides, laws and regulatory

Week 4

Tuesday, 27 Oct. 2020 – Making Increases – Danny Cannon

Reading pp. 497-507; 210-211; 777-785

  • Splits
  • Preparing packages/nucs
  • Queen rearing techniques

Thursday, 29 Oct. 2020 – Harvesting and Selling Hive Products – Steve Genta

Reading pp. 599; 673-695; 695-699; 705-752

  • Honey processing regulations
  • Honey processing, labeling and judging
  • Harvesting and packaging other hive products (wax, pollen, propolis, beebread, royal jelly, venom)

Week 5

Tuesday, 3 Nov. 2020 – Wrap-up – Entire Speaker Panel

Reading pp. 487-529

  • The bee year, seasonal operations (Dave McFawn)
  • Material review, Q&A
  • Practice test (using Zoom’s polling feature)


Once registered for the program, students will receive through their email a link to join each web meeting. Students also can dial-in to listen to the session if they are unable to access the internet, but the dial-in feature will not allow the student to see the presentation or speakers. For the most complete learning experience, students will need internet access and a computer, tablet or smartphone with a camera, microphone and speakers/headphones.  It is recommended that students connect using wifi or an ethernet cable rather than relying on a cellular network connection because joining the meeting over the cellular network will consume the student’s data plan.  During the presentations, students will be muted to avoid background distractions and interruptions.  Students will be given ample time after the presentation to ask questions and interact with the speaker.  Sessions will be recorded and can be delivered to students upon request if they are unable to attend a session.