Majors

Master Level Majors and Requirements

Candidates MUST be able to document activities. Candidates are free to suggest other majors/requirement not listed below to the program board.

1. Diagnosis and Treatment of Honey Bee Pests, Parasites, and Pathogens

a.)Pass (with 70% or higher) a tutorial on diseases of the honey bee.  *Click here for the tutorial*

b) Pass (with 70% or higher) a tutorial on pests/parasites of the honey bee.  *Click here for the tutorial*

c) Present a lecture on bee pests/diseases at a state beekeepers meeting or higher.

d) Switch to and document the use of IPM (integrated pest management) in your personal beekeeping operation.

e) Serve as a “local expert” and assist other beekeepers in proper disease/pest diagnosis in their colonies.

f) Acquire a personal pesticide applicator license.

g) Create a reference collection (sterile) of bee pests and diseases. *Click here for the tutorial*

h) Research and write a review of one pest or disease of honey bees. The review will be published on the Texas Master Beekeeper Program’s website. The written review must be accompanied by a PowerPoint presentation.

i) Pass (70% or higher) a practical examination of bee pests/diseases.

j) Attend three (3) training workshops on bee pests/diseases.


2. Pollination Ecology and Bee Botany

a) Provide pollination services for a gardener (not self) or a commercial fruit/nut/vegetable grower.

b) Plant a bee-friendly garden in a public area (library, town square, etc.).

c) Present a lecture on pollination ecology or bee botany at a state or higher level beekeepers meeting.

d) Produce a handout of local honey production plants and when they bloom for local (county or region) clientele.

e) Pass (70% or higher) a tutorial on bee-friendly plants.

f) Research and review one plant that is a major honey production plant in Texas. The review will be published on the Texas Master Beekeeper Program’s website. The written review must be accompanied by a power point presentation.

g) Become a certified Texas Master Gardener.

h) Receive training in the identification of pollen presence in honey samples

i) Document work with pollinator education to the general public.

j) Create a museum-quality plant collection of regional honey production plants.

k) Create a honey bee photo library of 10 original photos of honey bees on plants (please be sure all plants are identified correctly before submitting).

l.) Document culture/maintenance of other bee species (bumble bees, mason bees, etc.)


3. Honey Judging

a) Judge a state level or higher honey show.

b) Obtain certification as a Welsh Honey Judge.

c) Win 1st or 2nd place in any category of a state or higher level honey show.

d) Document an ability to produce mead.

e) Pass (70% or higher) a practical examination on honey judging.

f) Research and review one type of honey important to the Texas beekeeping industry. The review will be published on the Texas Master Beekeeper Program’s website. The written review must be accompanied by a PowerPoint presentation.

g) Educate the public about hive products and their use at a fair booth or other such event.

h) Provide documentation for maintaining a Texas-licensed honey house.

i) Obtain training in the identification of pollen presence in honey samples.

j) Document knowledge (through written examination, creating of extension bulletins, etc.) of honey production/processing and other products of the hive.

k) Document a legally-licensed honey processing facility.


4. Beekeeping for International Rural Development

a) Document knowledge (through written examination, creation of extension bulletin, etc.) of alternative methods of queen rearing.

b) Pass (70% or higher) a tutorial on bee pests/parasites.  *Click here for the tutorial*

c) Document knowledge (either through written examination, creating extension bulletins, etc.) of honey production/processing and other products of the hive, including value adding theory.

d) Document proficiency in hive equipment assembly.

e) Show proficiency in a foreign language.

f) Volunteer for FAVACA, Winrock, Partners of America, or other similar organizations.

g) Become a certified Texas Master Gardener.

h) Pass (70% or higher) a written examination on beekeeping for rural development.

i) Win 1st or 2nd place in any category of a state or higher level honey show (this demonstrates experience in quality control, which can then be applied to rural honey production).

j) Document knowledge (through written examination, creation of extension bulletins, etc.) of pollination ecology, general honey bee biology, and colony management for honey production.


5. Queen Production

a) Attend an instrumental insemination course.

c) Pass (70% or higher) a tutorial on mating biology and bee genetics.  *Click here for the tutorial*

d) Research and write a review on alternative queen rearing methods. The review will be published on the Texas Master Beekeeper Program’s website. The written review must be accompanied by a PowerPoint presentation.

e) Volunteer at least 40 hours with a professional queen breeder.

f) Research and write a review on one race of honey bee. The review will be published on the Texas Master Beekeeper Program’s website. The written review must be accompanied by a power point presentation.

g) Serve as a “local expert” and assist other beekeepers with queen production

h) Pass (with 70% or higher) a tutorial on Africanized honey bees.

i) Mentor/train others in the dynamics of queen rearing.

j) Select for resistance traits in your own queen rearing operation.

k.) Demonstrate competence in small-scale queen rearing.


6. Africanized Honey Bees

a) Generate Africanized bee extension information (presentations, extension documents, etc.) for a specific target audience (Pest Control Operators, Master Gardeners, etc.).

b) Pass (with 70% or higher) a tutorial on Africanized honey bees.

c) Pass (70% or higher) a tutorial on mating biology and bee genetics. *Click here for the tutorial*

d) Acquire a restricted use pesticide license.

e) Document knowledge and participation in a colony bait hive service.

f) Visit another area affected by Africanized bees (southwestern U.S., Central/South America, etc.). You must be able to document work with the Africanized bees while in the area.

g) Serve as a “local expert” and assist other beekeepers with Africanized bee related issues.

h) Must keep personal bee colonies according to Texas Apiary Inspection Service best management practices (BMP’s).(To be added in the future)

i) Present a lecture on Africanized honey bees at a state level or higher beekeeper meeting.

j) Document attendance of an African Honey Bee Training for Pest Control Operators workshop (must be at least 2.5 hours long).

k) Document attendance at an African Honey Bee Training for First Responders workshop (must be at least 2.5 hours long).


7. Advanced Bee Husbandry

a) Switch to and document the use of IPM (integrated pest management) in your personal beekeeping operation.

b) Pass (70% or higher) a tutorial on honey bee pests/parasites.  *Click here for the tutorial*

c) Provide pollination services for a gardener (not self) or a commercial fruit/nut/vegetable grower.

d) Plant a bee-friendly garden in a public area (library, town square, etc.).

e) Become a certified Texas Master Gardener.

f) Document knowledge (through written examination, creating of extension bulletins, etc.) of honey production/processing and other products of the hive, including value adding theory.

g) Document that you are rearing queens according to Texas Apiary Inspection Service best management practices (BMP’s). (To be added in the future)

h) Attend an instrumental insemination course.

i) Pass (70% or higher) a tutorial on honey bee diseases.  *Click here for the tutorial*

j) Pass (70% or higher) a tutorial on mating biology and bee genetics.  *Click here for the tutorial*


Other Credits
The following credits may be considered as core credits outside one’s given major (ie. completion of these credits does not count toward the credit requirement within ones major but rather towards the credit requirements outside of one’s major):

1) Publish an article in beekeeping publication (excluding newsletters)

2) Publish an article in a non-beekeeping publication (with at least state-wide distribution)

3) Recognition as a beekeeping authority in your local area by appearing on radio or TV

4) Attend at least three regional or higher meetings (multi-state, national or international beekeeping meetings)

5) Conduct a program or workshop at a state, regional, national or international meeting or convention

6) Participate in a beekeeping research or extension project at an approved institution

7) Acquire other certified bee-related training as approved by review board

8) Serve two or more years as officer of a bee organization at state level or higher (need not be consecutive nor in the same organization)

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