Beginning Beekeeper ~ 25 Hours

Beginning Beekeeping is an entry level course for the beginning beekeeper. No prior experience needed to participate in the course. The Beginning Beekeeping course will prepare participants to take the test to become a certified beekeeper, although taking the test is not a requirement to participate in the course.

  • Class is held at the JCC Arboretum, on Thursday evenings from 6:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
  • Registration fee = $110

In order to be tested and become a certified beekeeper, you must:

  • Be a current North Carolina State Beekeepers Association (NCSBA) member.
  • Pass a written test, which is administered through a local NCSBA chapter or given at one of the statewide conferences or testing events.
  • Pass a practical test administered by a Certified Level Beekeeper or higher, as presented in the “Practical Examination” form. A minimum of four months beekeeping experience is needed prior to taking practical test.
  • The Practical test will only be valid if given after the candidate successfully passes the Certified Level written exam.
Course Code Date(s) Day(s)/Time(s) Registration Deadline
SEF-3001-10F September 19-November 14, 2024 Thursday
September 12, 2024

Per JCC policy, Community Programs are offered as self-supporting courses and are not eligible for a refund as these programs are funded by registration fees collected. Students are eligible for a 100% refund if the class is canceled by the College.

NOTE: Review all fields carefully when filling out the Instant Enrollment form. If you have trouble with the form, refer to the Registration and Payment Options button to manually register and pay for the class.


If you would like to see a course offered, or you have an idea for a course you would like to teach - such as jewelry making, painting, mixed media, drawing, canning, handmade greeting cards, and more - complete the Community Programs Interest Form.

For more information contact:

LaShawndra White
Director of Community Programs & Cleveland Campus
(919) 464-2404