TN Master Beekeeping Program

TN Master Beekeeping Program

The Tennessee Master Beekeeping Program is a school for all beekeepers, regardless of operation size or experience level. The goal is to improve the knowledge of TN beekeepers about beekeeping, and the program is dedicated to beekeepers in Tennessee.

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TN Master Beekeeping Classes

Tennessee Master Beekeeping classes are coordinated by the State Apiculturist (Jennifer Tsuruda) and the State Apiarist (Mike Studer) and put on in cooperation with county Extension offices.

There are no prerequisites for the Basic Level class. Even if you do not have bees yet, you will learn skills to help you be a successful beekeeper. Classes are capped at 35 participants and may be cancelled if a minimum of 15 participants is not met. These classes are for participants aged 18 and over; younger youth are encouraged to participate in their county’s Extension 4-H Entomology & Beekeeping Program. Please note that if you intend to take the Advanced class in the future, the Basic Level class is a prerequisite – no waivers or exceptions.

Basic Classes

  • Bledsoe County: May 16-17, 2024 – class is a go!
  • Claiborne County: May 23-24, 2024 – class is a go!
  • Montgomery County: June 20-21, 2024 – class is a go & is FULL!
  • Putnam County: June 27-28, 2024 – class is a go & is FULL!
  • Giles County: July 25-26, 2024 – class is a go & is FULL!
  • Shelby County: August  1-2, 2024 – class is a go!
  • Cocke County: August 29-30, 2024 – class is a go!

Advanced Classes

  • Knox County: April 25-26, 2024 – class is a go!
  • Shelby County: May 2-3, 2024 – CANCELED due to low enrollment.

Please fill out this interest form to assist with future planning and to be contacted if there is a cancellation in a nearby class that is full.

Contact your county Extension agent to learn more about the TN Master Beekeeping Program, bees, and beekeeping.