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SYNOPSIS of Classes

AFRICANIZED BEES – Report of the Africanized Bees and their approach to Alabama. What you need to prepare for as they arrive.


ALABAMA LAW –  Presenting the Alabama Law and Regulations on honeybee pollination and requirements for the Beekeeper. {A, J, M} The candidate for each level must successfully answer questions pertaining to Alabama Beekeeping Law.


APPRENTICE BEEKEEPING – This class will discuss details of hive parts, there use and the proper nomenclature required for the Apprentice Level Beekeeper. {A} The Candidate for Appetence must identify numerous items used by the beekeeper.


BASIC HONEYBEE ANATOMY – An unbelievable journey looking at the Honeybee and its ability to accomplish all that it does in its short life.  Here you will have the opportunity to learn how the worker bee does the things she does and be able to identify the basic parts of the bee. Oriented to the Apprentice and Journeymen Level this class will discuss the anatomy of the bee providing the necessary information to describe and identify the parts of the bee anatomy. {A, J} Using a picture, the Candidate for Appetence and Journeyman must identify selected parts of the anatomy .


BEE DIGESTIVE SYSTEM - This class is oriented to the Master Level Beekeeper. It deals with the detailed description of the honeybee’s internal digestive system. {M} Using pictures, the Candidate for Master must identify parts of the digestive system.


BEE HEAD & THORAX – Oriented to the Master Level Beekeeper this class will examine the details of the head and thorax of the honeybee. {M} Using pictures, the Candidate for Master must identify parts of the Head & Thorax.


BEES, WASPS, BEETLES – A class designed for all levels of beekeeping looks at the differences between these insects. This will be helpful in identifying the different insects. {A, J} The Candidate must identify and discuss the differences between bees, wasps and beetle.


CIRCULATORY SYSTEM - This will be oriented to the Master Level Beekeeper this class will examine the circulatory system of the honeybee. {M} Using pictures on the written exam, the Candidate for Master must identify parts of the circulatory system.


COMMON PROBLEMS – A guided discussion  focusing on some of the problems beekeepers are likely to encounter. {A, J} Given conditions, the Candidate must identify some of the problems found in beekeeping.


DISEASE AND PEST AND MEDICATIONS; This is a practical look at the diseases and pests present in beekeeping. You will also be exploring the proper treatments available in Alabama. {A, J, M} The candidate must be able to identify the disease/pest and select the legal and accepted method for treatment.


FLOWER & POLLINATION – You will be looking at the anatomy of the flower and the relationship to the forager bee. This will also include the importance of pollination and the role of the honeybee. {A, J} On the written exam using several diagrams the candidate must identify the parts of the flower and their function. Additionally, must explain the importance and explain pollination.


 HONEY JUDGING – As a Master Beekeeper Candidate there will be a need to have some knowledge of the things to look for as you evaluate honey. This class will examine the finer art of honey judging. {A, J, M} The candidate must ascertain, given several samples, the best in class honey and provide an explanation for the judgement.

 

HONEY PROCESSING – For all levels of beekeeping this class will share some great insights as to the harvesting of honey, from hive to bottle. Here is an opportunity to draw on several years of beekeeping experience. {A, J, M} The candidate must determine, given several examples, the correct honey label based on USDA guidance.


INSTALLATION, MARKING, BANKING QUEENS - Considering the importance of the queen in the colony, proper installation and queen management is critical. {J, M}


NERVOUS SYSTEM – Oriented to the Master Level Beekeeper. It deals with the detailed description of the honeybee’s internal nervous system. {M} Using pictures on the written exam, the Candidate for Master must identify parts of the nervous system.


OPEN HIVE – The open hive is an examination required for the Apprentice Level. It is not a demonstration. The candidate will be required to demonstrate his or her ability to light and maintain a smoker. Additionally, demonstrating the proper way to open a hive and there in identifying worker bees, drones, the Queen, Brood and honey, etc.. {A}

HOWEVER, The OPEN HIVE is a demonstration for the BEGINNER BEEKEEPER.


PREPARING HONEY FOR SALE – Here we will share the dos and don’ts of packaging and labeling your product for a better sales presentation. {A, J} The candidate must determine, given several examples, the correct honey label based on USDA guidance.


QUEEN REARING – A detailed examination of the art of raising Queens and the details of the biological importance. {J, M}


SEASONAL HIVE MANAGEMENT – An insight to managing your colonies during the changing seasons and what is occurring in that colony. {A, J, M}