Master Beekeeper

Program Contact: Dave Pehling
(425) 357-6019 •

Bees on honeycombWSU Snohomish County Extension is once again sponsoring the apprentice level course in the Washington State Beekeepers Association’s Master Beekeeper Program.

The five-week course serves as a thorough introduction to beekeeping for novice beekeepers as well as a comprehensive refresher course for experienced apiculturists.

Each year, sessions of the Master Beekeeper Apprentice Level Course are held Monday evenings from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. at the WSU Snohomish County Extension Cougar Auditorium in McCollum Park, 600 – 128th St SE, Everett.

Topics covered

BeekeeperDesigned to build basic beekeeping skills, topics covered include bee biology, equipment, seasonal management requirements, identification and management of pests, as well as honey removal and processing. Overall focus will home in on the unique challenges and benefits to beekeeping in the Pacific Northwest.

A workshop manual complements the lectures. Participants completing the course and passing the Washington State Apprentice Beekeeper level exam (open book test) receive a certificate towards the Journey and Master Beekeeper levels.


The Fall 2016 class is now full!

Registration for the spring 2017 series, Monday evenings February 27 thru March 27, 2017 is now open. To register online, visit To register by mail, download this form and mail with your check.

Class size is limited and usually sells out quickly. Cost for the five-week course is $100 per person.

For more information on the course, contact Dave Pehling,, (425) 357-6019.

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Course instructor

Dave Pehling

Dave Pehling, WSU Snohomish County Extension zoologist, has been studying and teaching about insects since 1978. He is a Journeyman Beekeeper through the Washington State Beekeepers Association. Special interests include insect pest management, arthropod parasites (especially mosquitoes), and pollinators, especially honey bees.In addition to his entomological work, Dave teaches vertebrate pest management for the WSU Extension Master Gardener and Livestock Adviser programs.

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