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Bee-ginner's Beekeeping: The Basics of Apiculture

Course Code: AE0401CA18

Bee-ginner's Beekeeping

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September 21-23, 2017
9:00am - 4:00pm on the 21st and 22nd (Check in time on Day 1: 8:30am)
9:00am - 12:00pm on the 23rd

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This two and a half-day program covers the basics of apiculture by providing comprehensive information and hands-on experience to help students start, maintain and care for a honey bee colony.

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About the Bee-ginner's Beekeeping Course

Course topics include:

  • Bee Biology
  • Bees in an Urban Setting
  • Disease and Mite Prevention
  • Hive Assembly and Management
  • Honey Extraction
  • Queen Bee Purchasing
  • And Much More!

This apiculture course includes hands-on training on a number of important topics related to beekeeping, including assembling hives and opening and examining colonies. From disease and mite prevention and hive management to honey production, this class will cover everything you need to know to further your hobby or get your business off the ground!

CAUTION: As you will be working around live bee colonies, please remember to wear light-colored and smooth-textured clothing, as dark-colored, textured and woolly clothing can aggravate the bees. Please refrain from using perfume or hair gel and keep jewelry to a minimum. Warmer weather means more active bees! We strongly encourage attendees to bring a beekeeping veil and/or a hat to cover your hair.

NOTE: In order to reserve your bees for the upcoming season, please contact your supplier as early as possible. A "NJ Honey Bee Suppliers" list and a "Glossary of Terms" will be sent to you with your confirmation upon registering for this class.

Who Should Attend the Bee-ginner's Beekeeping Course?

Whether you are completely new to beekeeping or already have a few years as an apiarist under your belt, you will gain valuable insights from our seasoned instructors and their combined experience.

Our students come from all walks of life – attorneys, teachers, retirees, farmers, artists – but they leave with one thing in common: a newfound confidence to start their own hives and pursue their passion for beekeeping. 

Comments from Past Students about our Bee-ginner's Beekeeping Course

  • "This was a great program; I am very excited about starting my own hive; I feel pretty confident I can do it!"
  • "Gives very good foundational information so that I feel comfortable starting beekeeping."
  • "I have already recommended this course [to others]. I thought it was a great, thorough course for beginners and achieved in making me feel confident enough to try beekeeping."
  • "I came into the program having no beekeeping experience or knowledge. This information I learned will be very useful as I start my first colony of bees."
  • "I think this program is a great program if you're interested in beekeeping. It takes you through the first year of beekeeping."
  • "It takes you every step from knowing nothing to being ready to start keeping bees."
  • "Excellent intro to beekeeping."
  • "If you have any interest in bees or beekeeping, this was a great class."

Meet Your Bee-ginner's Beekeeping Course Instructors

Mike Haberland, Beekeeping Course InstructorMike Haberland is an associate professor and County Environmental Agent with Rutgers University Cooperative Extension. He uses applied research and collaborates with organizations to develop programs that assist in the creation, promotion, and education, of innovative environmental, sustainable community, and natural resource management practices. Mike uses beekeeping and the creation of native pollinator habitat for research and as a way to educate the public on the importance of pollinators.

Frank Licata, Beekeeping Course InstructorFrank Licata is an Eastern Apicultural Society (EAS) Certified Master Beekeeper and Operations Manager at the Mann Lake, Wilkes-Barre, PA facility. Frank has been keeping bees since 2001 and currently manages his 100 colonies in addition to his full time job. Frank is active in several beekeeping clubs, is past president of the Monroe County Beekeepers Association, travels around the country doing beekeeping talks, and sells his honey, lotion, lip balm, and soap on the side.

Beekeeping Resources to Help Budding Apiarists

Rutgers New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station Fact Sheet:

Blooms for Bees: How to Provide Pollen and Nectar Sources

Glossary of Beekeeping Terms:

Download Beekeeping Glossary (PDF)

NJ Honey Bee Suppliers:

Download List of Honey Bee Suppliers (PDF)

Tools for Varroa Management:

Download List of Tools for Varroa Management(PDF)

Recommended Reading:

Download List of Recommended Reading (PDF)

Interested in joining your local Beekeepers Association? For details, visit:

Bees and Beekeeping in the News!

Buzz kill: Advocates seek to reverse trend in honeybee deaths - Baltimore Sun

Bees are important, but handle with care - New Jersey Herald

If bees die, we die: Why the honeybee is so important to your food - NJ.com

Beekeeping industry is on the rise in Pa., N.J. - Philly.com

Our Bee-ginner's Beekeeping Course Mentioned in NY Times and The Star Ledger - Click to read more!

Registration Fee $245.00
NJ Beekeeper's Association Members $225.00
PA Beekeeper's Association Members $225.00
Master Gardeners Discount Fee $225.00 (Must provide certificate for proof)

Substitutions are permitted. View cancellation policy.

Penn State Extension's Beekeeping Basics textbook is included with your course materials at no additional charge.

You may also purchase an optional text – A Field Guide to Honey Bees and Their Maladies – through our office for only $20. Please include your selection/payment with your registration.


Continental breakfast will be provided on all three days. Lunch will be provided Days 1 and 2 only.

NOTE: If you have any dietary restrictions or food allergies, please alert us at least one (1) week in advance of the course start date so that we can make reasonable accommodations. We cannot guarantee accommodations for special requests made after that time.


We strongly recommend that you use the directions we provide.

Rutgers Eco Complex
1200 Florence-Columbus Rd, Bordentown, NJ 08505
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Note: Pre-registration is required. We're sorry, but we cannot guarantee a seat, materials or meals for walk-in registrants. Location is subject to change; registrants will be notified in the event of a change.


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Program Questions? Contact Us!

Senior Program Coordinator: Dalynn Knigge, 848-932-7315
Administrative Assistant: Karen Tizzano, 848-932-7483

Attention U.S. Veterans

All of the courses offered by the Rutgers Office of Continuing Professional Education are approved by the New Jersey State Approving Agency for Veterans Training for tuition reimbursement through the GI Bill. For more information about the GI Bill, click here.