Advanced Beekeeper Requirements

  1. must have held the Apprentice Beekeeper rank at least one year and have been a practicing beekeeper for at least two years. Additionally, the candidate must be a Texas registered beekeeper or a registered beekeeper in their home state.  Click here to register as a Texas beekeeper.
  2. must show proof of passing six (6) computerized honey bee training modules with a score of 80% or higher. The modules focus on (1) honey bee pests/parasites/pathogens, (2) social wasps & bees, (3) pollination biology, (4) pesticides and honey bees, (5) Africanized honey bees, and (6) honey judging.  These modules are listed below.
  3. must score 70% or higher on a written examination. The written exam can include, but is not limited to: materials covered during previous Texas Beekeepers Association Conference lectures; information on the Texas Apiary Inspection Service website (; information found on the Texas A&M Honey Bee Lab website (, the UF Honey Bee Research and Extension Laboratory website, the AFBEE website, and reading materials found on the Advanced Beekeeper reading list. This examination will cover more information than that required for the Apprentice Beekeeper level. The exams will include information taught in the computerized honey bee training modules.
  4. must score 70% or higher on a practical examination. The practical exam can include, but is not limited to: scoring a jar of show honey, reading pesticide labels and determining which is the safest to use around bees, identifying several beekeeping items, examining honey labels for errors, distinguishing between bees, wasps, hornets, etc., and identifying the anatomical structures of a bee and a flower.
  5. must perform and document completion of five (5) public service credits with the provided service credit documentation form. A candidate can, and is encouraged to, complete and submit more than five public service credits prior to taking the Advanced Beekeeper examinations but the “extra” credits cannot be used toward satisfying credit requirements in higher program levels.

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)
  6. The Hive and the Honey Bee – Dadant and Sons, Inc. (1992)
  7. ABC & XYZ of Bee Culture – A.I. Root (2007)
  8. Honey Bee Pests, Predators, and Diseases, 3rd Edition – A.I. Root (Morse and Flottum, eds.) (1998)
  9. The Biology of the Honey Bee – Mark Winston (1991)
  10. Crop Pollination by Bees – Keith Delaplane and Daniel Mayer (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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