Apprentice Beekeeper Requirements

  1. must be a Texas registered beekeeper or a registered beekeeper in home state, registered either individually or as a member of a family.  Click here to register as a Texas beekeeper.
  2. must own at least one colony of honey bees for at least one full year.
  3. must score 70% or higher on a written examination. The written test can include but is not limited to materials covered during previous Texas Beekeepers Association annual meeting, information found on the Texas Apiary Inspection Service website (, information found on the Texas A&M Honey Bee Lab website (, the University of Florida’s Honey Bee Research and Extension Laboratory website ( and materials from books/ other literature on the Apprentice Beekeeper reading list.
  4. must score 70% or higher on a practical examination. The practical examination can include but is not limited to describing the physical parts of a beehive (common terms, not regional nomenclature); lighting and properly using a smoker; recognizing the various stages of brood, different castes of bees, and finding or at least describing the queen; differentiating between brood, pollen, and capped honey; recognizing propolis and describing its functions; describing the layout of a brood nest (placement of honey, pollen, and brood), etc.

Reading List


  1. Honey Bees and Beekeeping: A Year in the Life of an Apiary, 3rd Edition – Keith Delaplane (2007)
  2. The Beekeeper’s Handbook, 3rd Edition – Diana Sammataro and Alphonse Avitabile (2006)
  3. First Lessons in Beekeeping – Keith Delaplane (2007)
  4. Backyard Beekeeping, Weeks Ringle – Kim Flottum (2005)
  5. Honey Bee Biology and Beekeeping – Dewey Caron (2000)


  1. American Bee Journal
  2. Bee Culture


  1. All “honey bee” entries (search for “honey bee”) at:
  2. Texas Apiary Inspection Service website:
  3. Honey Bee Research and Extension Laboratory website:
  4. The University of Florida AFBEE website:
  5. Texas A&M University Honey Bee Lab website:

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