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Beekeeping Programs

Beekeeping is a one-of-a-kind career path that offers exciting and rewarding work opportunities for those who’ve put in the time to study the field. If you’re a new beekeeper, the best way to start is with a beginner beekeeping course! Then, once you’ve mastered that knowledge, you can advance to our intermediate beekeeping certificate program.

The Lackawanna College Environmental Center’s Beekeeping Certificate program is the beginning of an intensive multi-level program designed to provide you with a deep understanding of honey bees and beekeeping. Through the beginner and intermediate programs, you’ll learn what it takes to be a successful beekeeper. You’ll gain scientific knowledge of the honeybee and learn practical skills that will prepare you to manage honey bee colonies for maximum bee health.

Lackawanna’s programs will teach you about honey bee biology, rules and regulations, beekeeping equipment, steps to start a colony, applied care, and environmental challenges. After completing the Beginner Beekeeping Certificate program, you will earn a Beginner Beekeeping certificate and will be prepared to take the Intermediate Beekeeping Certificate program.

You can learn about each certificate program below. If beekeeping sounds like an exciting career for your life, you can start your journey by enrolling now in the beginner program!

 

The Beginner Beekeeping program runs every Thursday from April 7 to June 9, 5:00 – 7:00 p.m.

For more information, contact Sharon Yanik-Craig at (570) 842-1506 or yaniks@lackawanna.edu.

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BEGINNER BEEKEEPING CERTIFICATE

WHY ENROLL IN OUR BEGINNER BEEKEEPING CERTIFICATE PROGRAM?

The Lackawanna College Beginner Beekeeping Certificate program is designed to support both new and seasoned beekeepers through an entire apiary year. Beekeeping can be challenging, and our Beginner Beekeeping Certificate program combines relevant, scientific, and real-world knowledge to help you develop confidence in your ability to keep bees.

You will learn from instructors and mentors who are willing to share their knowledge and expertise through classes and with individual beekeepers. This program will provide you with a solid base of information on honey bee colony management and an expanded knowledge and understanding of bees and their stewardship.

You will begin your journey as a beekeeper with an accredited institution that is committed to keeping higher education accessible and affordable. Our Beginner Beekeeping Certificate program is made for people just like you!

At Lackawanna College, we offer some of the most affordable courses in Northeastern Pennsylvania. Tuition for the Beginner Beekeeping program is $250, excluding textbook cost.

WHAT’S INVOLVED IN OUR BEGINNER BEEKEEPING CERTIFICATE PROGRAM?

The Beginner Beekeeping program runs every Thursday from April 7 to June 9, 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. Courses in the Beginner Beekeeping Certificate program include:

History of Beekeeping

Honey Bee Biology

Behavioral Aspects of Honeybees

Apiary Equipment and Installation

Rules and Regulations

Environmental Challenges

Pollinators and Their Benefits

Hive Check and Applied Care

INTERMEDIATE BEEKEEPING CERTIFICATE

The Intermediate Beekeeping Certificate program is the second level of Lackawanna College Environmental Center’s multi-level beekeeping program. This program is designed to support beekeepers who have completed our Beginner Beekeeping Certificate or have kept bees for two or more seasons. By the end of this program, you will be able to grow your apiary, improve your colonies beyond the beginner level, and maintain a sustainable apiary. 

The Lackawanna College Environmental Center’s Intermediate Beekeeping Certificate program takes a deeper dive into the specifics of caring for your honey bee colony and addressing challenges.

After completing our Intermediate Beekeeping Certificate program, you will earn an Intermediate Beekeeping Certificate and be ready to start your career as a professional beekeeper.

WHY ENROLL IN OUR INTERMEDIATE BEEKEEPING CERTIFICATE PROGRAM?

The Lackawanna College Intermediate Beekeeping Certificate program goes deeper into caring for bees.

You’ll be instructed by a certified beekeeper who maintains an apiary and can share knowledge and expertise through classes with individual beekeepers. Through this program, you will build on your existing base of knowledge achieved through practice or through our Beginner Beekeeping Certificate program.

You will gain an increased knowledge of honey bee biology and practical beekeeping, have the ability to manage a honey bee colony over an extended period of time, and learn how to be prepared for environmental and hive challenges.

Just like the Beginner program, the tuition for the Intermediate Beekeeping program is $250, excluding textbook cost.

WHAT’S INVOLVED IN OUR INTERMEDIATE BEEKEEPING CERTIFICATE PROGRAM?

The Intermediate Beekeeping program runs every Thursday, 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Courses included in the Intermediate Beekeeping Certificate program include:

Honey, Wax & Pollen Processing

Mating Biology

Preparing for Winter

Honey Extraction

Hive Splits

Swarming & Hive Capacity

Disease Management

Natural vs. Treatment Beekeeping

Our Beekeeping Programs support a beekeeper’s preparation for the Eastern Apicultural Society (EAS) of North America’s nationally recognized Master Beekeeping certification process. The EAS Master Beekeepers Program has existed for many years as a level of beekeeping expertise certified through the rigorous testing established and maintained through the Eastern Apiculture Society. The Master Beekeepers work together to support the educational arm of the EAS.

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APPLY TO OUR BEEKEEPING CERTIFICATE PROGRAMS

Beekeeping is an exciting and unique career that gives beekeepers a lot of joy and the satisfaction of knowing they are caring for these important creatures in our world.

If you are interested in enrolling in Lackawanna College’s Beekeeping Certificate programs, you can use our inquiry form to apply now.

We look forward to hearing from you!

Accreditation

Lackawanna College is approved by the Pennsylvania State Department of Education to grant bachelor’s degrees, associate degrees, and professional certificates and is accredited by the Commission on Higher Education of the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools, which is designated as a National Accrediting Agency by the U.S. Office of Education.

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