Bee Keeping Journeyman

The Journeyman Level Beekeeping course is the second step in UM's Master Beekeeping Certificate Program. Throughout nine weeks of engaging online discussion, this course delves deeper into the life and ecology of the honey bee. Topics include the honey bee’s interaction with native pollinators, the plants they work with, honey marketing and labeling, evaluating scientific literature, and bee poisoning and pollinator protection.

Students receive detailed instruction on the honey bee’s internal anatomy and the structures and uses of their external anatomy. Instruction includes the use of microscopy and other tools used in diagnosing diseases and pests, as well as alternative methods for the treatment of these ailments. By the end of the course, students will understand the honey bee’s place in the ecosystem and how their unique anatomy contributes to their interactions with the world both inside and outside the hive. Course syllabus.

The course is structured with weekly topics, discussion forums, assignments, and quizzes. However, there are no scheduled class meeting times when all students need to be logged in and “attending” the course at the same time. Instead, students work on the course at whatever times best fit their schedule. Instructions for logging on to the online course will be sent to registrants about one week before the class begins. Participants must have access to an internet-connected computer and should allow for 5-7 hours per week of study time. The course is taught online through Moodle, the University of Montana’s online learning system. View the computer system requirements.

Upon successful completion of the course, 4.5 CEUs (Continuing Education Units) will be awarded and a certificate issued.

The course offers optional academic credit and has been approved for three credits through the University of Montana Division of Biological Sciences as BIOB 291 Journeyman Beekeeping.  Students who opt to take the course for academic credit must pay an additional $135 credit recording fee. Students must be a minimum of age 16 in order to register for the credit section.


  • Registration for the Journeyman Level course is open to those who successfully completed UM's Apprentice Level Beekeeping Course or to experienced beekeepers who have tested out of our Apprentice course. See "Test out of the Apprentice Level Course" near the bottom of this page.
  • Ability to successfully overwinter your colony to illustrate you have put into practice the lessons taught in the Apprentice level.
  • If you are a new beekeeper, we also suggest a minimum 1 year break between the Apprentice and Journeyman courses. This break allows participants to apply skills learned before progressing to the next level.
Non-Credit Certificate: online

Total Credits: 0


💲 Cost of course: $430

🕓 Length of course: 7 - 9 Months

💲 Average salary: Under $50,000

💻 online: Yes

Hands On Learning: Yes

Dual Enrollment: No

Credential Type: Non-Credit Certificate: online

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