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Bee-ginner's Beekeeping: The Basics of Apiculture


Course Code: AE0401WB21

Bee-ginner's Beekeeping

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Course opened: February 1, 2021 at 12:00am EST
Course closed: February 15, 2021 at 11:59pm EST
Optional Live Q & A Session: February 11, 2021 from 6:30pm - 8:00pm EST

Next offering scheduled for November 1-14, 2021. View course details and register!

Participants can complete the course content (which will take approximately 14-15 hours) at their own pace anytime during the period the course is open.


This online class is designed to provide information that new beekeepers need to start and care for a honey bee colony. Participants will be introduced to bee biology and management. Participants will also learn how to assemble hives, open and examine colonies, and see how honey and beeswax are harvested.

This course fulfills the legal requirements of the State of New Jersey for beekeeper education: https://www.nj.gov/agriculture/pdf/Diseasesofbees.pdf.

Click on the tabs below for more details about this beekeeping course and how to start your own honey bee colony!

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 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!

NOTE: In order to reserve your bees for the upcoming season, please contact your supplier as early as possible. A "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 Instructor

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.

Here is what our customers are saying about our instructor, Mike Haberland:
"Amazing presenter, kept us entertained and engaged"
"Knowledgeable, patient, and helpful"
"Super informative"
"Very informative, helpful, and kind!"
"Very knowledgeable and clear explanations, fun and entertaining!"

Beekeeping Resources to Help Budding Apiarists

Glossary of Beekeeping Terms:

NJ Honey Bee Suppliers:

Recommended Reading:

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

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


Registration Fees:

Registration Fee TBD
NJ Beekeepers Association Member Discount Fee TBD
PA Beekeepers Association Member Discount Fee TBD
Master Gardeners Discount Fee TBD
Cancellation Fee TBD


Beekeeping Basics, Penn State Extension Free Included with your course materials at no additional charge!

A Field Guide to Honey Bees and Their Maladies, Penn State Extension

This convenient pocket field guide is available to purchase on your own or through our office with your registration. Our copy is a physical book that can be taken into the field with you. This resource is also available as a free, pdf document (download here).

TBD Optional; please include your selection and payment at checkout if you wish to purchase

Any optional purchases and/or textbooks will be mailed to you. A mailing address must be supplied during registration. We cannot send a UPS package to a PO Box.

Substitutions are permitted. View cancellation policy.


No meals will be provided.

Accessing this Online Course

This course is offered online within the Canvas learning management system. It will take approximately 14-15 hours to complete, and participants will have 2 weeks to complete the coursework at their own pace.

Equipment needed to access this training: Computer or tablet (phones are not recommended for optimal viewing and interaction)


  • If this is your first time registering with us, please provide your own unique email address when registering; do not provide an email address that you share with co-workers.

  • If you have previously taken classes with us and have used an email address that you share with your co-workers or supervisor, you must update your account with a unique email address. Click the Register Online button below and sign into your account. On the left side toolbar, click My Account. On the drop-down menu, click Edit Profile/Password. Scroll down to the Email Address field (not the secondary email address field!) and enter your own, individual (not shared!) email address here. Click the Submit button at the bottom to save. If you need assistance updating your account, please email or call (848-932-9271, option 2) our Registration Department.

Pre-registration is required.


Sorry, registration is not currently available for this course.

Would you like to be notified when the next offering is scheduled? 
Here are 3 convenient ways to be added to our mailing list:
1. Click here to join our mailing list (please reference "Bee-ginner's Beekeeping: The Basics of Apiculture" or Course Code AE0401) 
2. Call us at 848-932-9271, select option 3
3. E-mail us at ocpe@njaes.rutgers.edu

Program Questions? Contact Us!

Program Coordinator: Pamela Springard-Mayer, 848-932-7463
Administrative Assistant: Jackie Findra, 848-932-7180

Attention U.S. Veterans

This course is approved by the New Jersey State Approving Agency for Veterans Training for educational benefits through the GI Bill®. For more information about the GI Bill, click here.

GI Bill® is a registered trademark of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). More information about education benefits offered by VA is available at the official U.S. government website at http://www.benefits.va.gov/gibill.