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Master Beekeeper Review and Testing

The Master Beekeeper Committee would like you to know that there are events that precede the opening of the NCSBA Spring Meeting in New Bern on Thursday, March 1st 2018.

The meeting will officially open at 12:30 and the first presentations will begin.

If you have arrived at the New Bern Convention Center and are looking for something to do before the meeting starts, and before the vendors are set-up and ready to conduct business, you may find these events interesting and beneficial.

Thursday, March 1st,  from 10 a.m. till noon, the MBP will be offering:

  1. Advanced Review
  2. “Ask The Experts”

Advanced Review
As in the past, members of the Committee will be covering what to expect on a Journeyman or Master Beekeeper exam and offering tips on how to prepare to take one.

For this session, the topics highlighted for this review at the advanced level will be:

  • Colony sociology and behaviors;
  • Hive Products (honey, wax, propolis, pollen);
  • Pollination and Plants

(Past reviews have included anatomy, pests and diseases, anatomical systems, glands, pheromones, and colony communication.)

Ask the Experts
A panel made up of Master Beekeepers, Apiary Inspectors, and NC Cooperative Extension agents will be available to answer questions.

The panel will be:

  • Bill Moran: NCSBA Master Beekeeper,  MBP Committee (research and practical exams)
  • Eric Talley: NCSBA Master Beekeeper, NCSBA Regional Director
  • Adolphus Leonard: NCDA&CS  Apiary Inspector
  • Will Hicks: NCSDA&CS Apiary Inspector
  • Mike Carroll: NC Cooperative Extension Agent, Agriculture
  • Tom Glasgow: NC Cooperative Extension, Director Craven County, Horticulture

Bring your questions about beekeeping experiences; pests and diseases; the NCSBA organization; plants; agricultural practices, and more.

TESTING will be on Friday from 1pm to 4pmMarch 2nd 
No written test issued after 2pm. Journeyman and Master practical done 1 till 4

TESTING on Saturday from 9am till 12 noon. March 3rd
No written test issued after 10am. Journeyman and Master practical done 9 till noon

Those wishing to take the written test –  please email and let us for planning on how many copies to have on-hand, and for space & time for practical exams. We need just your name and the test you plan to take.

If you have additional questions call or email
Paul Newbold at 252-312-4629
Doug Galloway at 828-612-1531

Anticipated MBP Testing for 2018/2019 (Journeyman and Master exams are only given at state events)

2018:  March  NCSBA Spring Meeting New Bern
2018:  July  NCSBA Summer Meeting, near Asheville
2018:  October MBP Fall Regional Testing (only one location this year – likely mid-state)
2019:  Spring NCSBA joint meeting with SCBA, likely near Charlotte

NCSBA Spring Conference – March 1-3, 2018

The NCSBA spring conference is in New Bern, NC from March 1-3, 2018. The event will be held at the New Bern Waterfront Convention Center located at 203 S Front St, New Bern, NC 28560 [ map ]

Keynote speakers include: Dr. Marla Spivak, Paul Kelly, and Dr. Daniel R. Schmehl.

The cut-off date for the discounted rate for most of the hotels is February 16. The NCSBA conference webpage lists the hotels and rates as well as the schedule of events and speakers.

Advance registration for the conference will be available through FEBRUARY 16. Advanced registrants will get a $10 discount. We encourage members to register and pay on-line, but they can also download a registration form and go through the mail-in process. To register at the lower member rate, individuals must have paid their 2018 NCSBA membership dues. That means received and fully-processed by the NCSBA, not just turned into the local Chapter. They can also pay dues directly to the NCSBA when they register for the meeting (this option will be presented during the on-line registration process).

Fall NCSBA Master Beekeeper Testing

The testing sites, dates, and times for the FALL REGIONAL TESTING for the Master Beekeeper Program have been established.

If you are intending on testing at one of the two locations PLEASE BRING YOUR NCSBA MEMBERHIP CARD WITH YOU we MUST have a CURRENT NCSBA membership number. (thanks)

If you are studying for an exam coming up in October, be sure to check out the Games and Quizzes on the NCSBA website. They are new as of the first of September. A good suggestion would be to go through all six as a refresher.

Master Beekeeper Program TESTS


Please bring your NCSBA membership card with you (we MUST have a current membership number)

OCTOBER 21, 2017
9 am till NOON
N.C. Cooperative Extension Office at Wilkes County
416 Executive Drive
Wilkesboro, NC 28697

The web site, has along side the title, “Wilkes County Center” a google icon for direction assistance. We have been advised that the location is GPS challenged so to help you locate the facility – note that it is located off SR 421 at exit 285, north 500 feet to Executive Drive on the left.

All tests start at 9 am
NO TEST issued after 10 am
There will be: written testing for Certified, Journeyman & Master Levels
There will be practical exams for Journeyman and Master Levels only.
Certified Practical Exams will not be issued at this time/location.


What to Expect at the NCSBA Summer Conference – July 10, 2017

July 10, 2017
7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Surry County Cooperative Extension Office [ map ]

The state conference is later this week in Winston-Salem and there’s lots of reasons to attend. Come find out what you can expect.

Read more about the conference: [ NCSBA Summer Conference ]

NCSBA Summer Conference and Centennial Celebration – July 13-15, 2017

Celebrating 100 Years – Educating for the Next 100! July 13th, 14th & 15th
Embassy Suites Convention Center in downtown Winston-Salem, North Carolina

Featured Speakers:

Jon Zawislak
Jon is the apiculture specialist for the University of Arkansas with a strong background in entomology and botany. Extension and beekeeping education are some of his major interests.

Dr. James Wilson
Dr. Wilson is the new faculty apiculturist at Virginia Tech. With an undergraduate degree from NCSU and a PhD from VT, Dr. Wilson has plenty of beekeeping information to share.

Katy C. Evans
Katy was the 2015 recipient of the EAS Foundation for Honey Bee Research Award. This award made possible the research with Dr. Debbie Delaney at the U of Delaware that led to her Master’s Thesis. Katy now works with one of Dr. Tarpy’s former postdocs, Dr. Margarita Lopez-Uribe at Penn State University.

Dr. David Tarpy
Professor and Extension Apiculturist, Department of Entomology and Plant Pathology, NCSU.

Schedule and Registration Information:

Thursday, July 13, 2017, “Before the Conference Begins”

Master Beekeeper Related Events
10 am We will  present a refresher for “Journeyman and Beyond” 2 hours of preparing to test for Journeyman and Masters exams

Written test for the Certified, Journeyman, and Masters will be given on Friday from 1 pm to 4 pm. NO TEST ISSUED AFTER 2PM and again Saturday from 9am till noon.  NO TEST ISSUED AFTER 10AM.  Bring your own pencil.  NO BOOKS, PHONES OR PAPERS ALLOWED IN THE TESTING AREA.

Please preregister for the testing time you would like and indicate your NCSBA member number and test level to

Not taking the exam but have questions?

Also at 10 am on Thursday, “What you always wanted to know”, Questions & Answer, all about Beekeeping, Ask the “EXPERTS” Moderators will be Master Beekeepers, Diana Almond and Randall Austin along with State Inspector and Master Beekeeper Lewis Cauble and State Inspector and EAS Master Beekeeper Greg Fariss.

NCSBA Silent Auction Items Needed – July 13, 2017

A note from Helen Baldwin with the Ashe County Beekeepers. If you are interested in helping, let Eugene or Paul know.

A quick howdy to relay a request from NCSBA regarding the centennial:

The Forsyth County Beekeepers Association is hosting the North Carolina State Beekeepers Association (NCSBA) 2017 Summer Conference in Winston-Salem on July 13 – 15. It is also the 100th Anniversary of the NCSBA, so we are trying to make it special. I am gathering items for the Silent Auction and wanted to invite the other chapters to participate by donating an item. All proceeds go to the Apiculture Science Fund at NCSU. Fundraising efforts for the Apiculture Science Fund operate under the auspices of the North Carolina Agricultural Foundation, Inc. a 501(c)3 non-profit, tax id 56-6049304. Proceeds from this auction support beekeeping education, research, and outreach at NC State University.

Another way to support the Apiculture Science Fund is to donate directly to it. If you choose this option, please let me know how much so we can keep track of it. Individuals can also contribute.

Dr. Tarpy and his colleagues are doing a wonderful job at NCSU, and the Entomology Dept at NCSU has recently been ranked #5 worldwide! Please show your beekeeping support with either an item for the silent Auction or a direct donation.

Highlights from the Summer NCSBA Conference – June 11, 2016

June 11, 2016
7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Surry County Cooperative Extension Office [ map ]

Attendees to the NCSBA Summer Conference in Hickory will be sharing highlights from the conference. This years speakers include Dr. Marion Ellis from the University of Nebraska, Dr. Hongmei Li-Byarlay from NCSU, Dr. Vanessa Corby-Harris from the Carl Hayden Bee Research Center in Tucson, Arizona, and beekeeper and queen breeder Jeff Berta who will be sharing his experience with mite biter bees being bred at Purdue University.

NCSBA Summer Conference – July 7-9, 2016

Healthy Bees in Hickory! July 7th, 8th & 9th

Hickory Convention Center, Hickory, NC Hosted by the Catawba Valley Beekeepers!
Conference details available at


Room E:
Written testing begins on Thursday at 9am for all levels: Certified, Journeyman, and Master

Journeyman and Master Practical testing begins at 10am

Room D:
Review Sessions, Certified through Journeyman. Open to everyone, no charge!

9 am – 9:50 Anatomy and Sociology (Development, Colony activities and tasks)
10 am – 10:50 NCSBA – MBP, Beekeeping history, Hive Products, and Races of Bees
11 am – Noon, Pests and Diseases, Symptoms, and Treatments overview
Join us for one or all three sessions, again open to everyone whether you plan to test or not.

At 10am we will have a Question & Answer session, this will be an informal open session until noon. All are welcome, we will have several Master Beekeepers to answer your questions. This will be in a panel format and have lots of open discussion so come early. If you don’t have a question, listen to the ones others have.

Other test times are Friday Noon till 3pm and Saturday at 10:30 am.

Nosema Training – Mountain Region Beekeepers – March 14, 2015

The North Carolina State Beekeepers Association  (NCBSA) Regional Directors for the Mountain Region will be conducting training to identify Nosema in your honeybees on March 14th, 2015 in Marion, NC.

Date/Time:  March 14,2015 – 12:00 noon
Instructor:  Glenn Hackney, Research Specialist, NC Dept of Agriculture
Presented by the Mountain Regional Directors of the NCSBA
Dogwood Building
McDowell Technical Community College
54 College Drive
Marion, NC 28752 [ map ]
Exit 86 on I-40
Cost: This event is free to NCSBA members in the Mountain Region.

Each attendee needs to bring about 50 fresh workers in a jar — in alcohol or frozen — for microscope testing.

Snacks will be provided but not lunch.

How do I know if I’m in the Mountain Region?
You can view this map from the NCSBA website (  The mountain region is indicated by the pink colored counties to the west.

What if I’m not in the Mountain Region but still want to come?
If you are outside of this region or not a member of NCSBA, email for more information.

What if I can’t come but would like to have access to a microscope for my chapter meeting?
NCSBA has purchased 4 microscopes for each region of NC.  The four Regional Directors in your region have access to these microscopes and can make arrangements for your chapter to use them at a chapter meeting.  If you don’t know who the Regional Director is that has been assigned to assist your chapter, contact the Senior Regional Director in your region for help.  You may find contact information here (scroll down to see Regional Directors):

Is someone going to try to sell me something if I come to this event?
No, absolutely not. This is a free education event that is being offered as a benefit to NCSBA members in the Mountain Region.

NCSBA Summer Meeting

The NCSBA Summer Meeting is scheduled for July 10, 11, 12 at Wilkes County Community College.  To learn more, visit the NCSBA website at