Master Beekeeper Apprentice Level Course

WSU Snohomish County Extension and Beez Neez Apiary Supply are teaming up again to sponsor 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.

Courses 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.

Upcoming Class Dates

Monday evenings; 6:30-9:30pm
Five week session now open for registration:
Spring 2016: Feb. 22 – Mar. 21, 2016


Class size is limited; register now to hold your spot. Cost for the five-week course is $90 per person. Register online at

To register by check, fill out this form, and mail with your check, or contact Karie Christensen (425) 357-6039,

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

Course Instructors

Dave PehlingDave Pehling, WSU Snohomish County Extension zoologist, has been studying and teaching about insects since 1978. His special interests include integrated 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 Advisor programs and is a Journeyman Master Beekeeper certified by the Washington State Beekeepers Association.



Jim Tunnell, owner of Beez Neez Apiary in Snohomish is our Master Beekeeper. His many years of experience beekeeping in the Pacific Northwest have made Jim a valuable resource on all things ‘bee.’ As a longtime board member of the Washington State Beekeepers Association, Jim’s commitment to training successful new beekeepers makes this course the most popular in the region.

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