4770 N Peachtree Rd, Dunwoody, GA 30338
Location: The Barn at Brook Run Park, Dunwoody GA
Cost: $50 per person
Registration deadline: April 24
Please bring: A pen, your protective gear (veil & gloves minimum) and water
General Information about Certified Testing
The University of Georgia Master Beekeeper Program gives participants the opportunity to increase their knowledge of all things dealing with bees and beekeeping. The Certified Beekeeper level is the first step of a four-step program. In the past, candidates were required to attend the Young Harris Beekeeping Institute held in May in Young Harris, Georgia. Now, MABA has been authorized by UGA to administer the exam here in Atlanta for the Certified level.
For beekeepers interested in gaining Certification level, testing in Atlanta by MABA offers benefits of:
- Convenience of testing in Atlanta verses Young Harris
- Time saved from attending the Young Harris Beekeeping Institute (4 days)
- Saving the cost of the Beekeeping Institute ($300) plus testing fee ($45) plus food and lodging
Requirements for getting GMBP Certified in Atlanta:
- Must have had at least one year of beekeeping experience prior to the test.
- Must pass a written and practical test.
The practical test includes being able to:
- Describe the parts of a beehive
- Light and properly use a smoker
- Recognize the various stages of brood, different castes of bees, and find or at least describe the queen
- Differentiate between brood, pollen, capped honey
- Recognize propolis and describe its functions
- Describe the layout of a brood nest, i.e., placement of honey, pollen and brood.
Official text for the program is the 2007 edition of First Lessons in Beekeeping, by Keith Delaplane, Dadant & Sons.
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We’re excited to see you at the testing!