Certified Beekeepers Program; You’re invited to apply

The Certified Beekeepers Apprentice Program is organized through the New Mexico Beekeepers Association in cooperation with the City of Albuquerque. This comprehensive program provides quality education on backyard beekeeping in the context of responsible urban farming. Classes are taught by recognized, expert New Mexico beekeepers and include supervised, hands-on lessons, using top-bar and Langstroth honeybee hives. As part of the program, students receive a full-color handbook covering the essentials of beekeeping. Students who complete the two-year curriculum and 40 hours of volunteer service will be awarded a Beekeepers Certification.

The program has been developed to achieve six essential objectives:
1. Consistent training in the best practices of backyard beekeeping
2. Development of healthy, gentle hives suitable for an urban environment
3. Community education and outreach
4. Mentoring access for beekeepers
5. Volunteers for community hives

The Certified Beekeepers sessions are scheduled for seven Saturdays

Enrollment in the Certified Beekeepers program includes a paid one-year membership (for 2016) in the New Mexico Beekeepers Association.

Sessions will be held at the City of Albuquerque’s Open Space Visitors Center, located on Coors Blvd. NW.

First-year students may apply online.

For more information:
[email protected]


  1. Roger Witt on January 26, 2017 at 3:18 PM

    Does anyone know the dates for the 2017 Certified Beekeepers sessions? I have applied for the 2017 Program.

    • Jessie Brown on February 4, 2017 at 2:16 PM

      Howdy Frank, did you successfully hear from Christina Bondy? Let me know if you are still looking for dates. Kindly,
      Jessie Brown

  2. bsjeepster on April 20, 2017 at 8:57 PM

    Will there be a 2017 program? I would like to attend.

    • Christina Allday-Bondy on April 30, 2017 at 10:12 PM

      The 2017 Program has started and has been full since last fall. We use rolling admissions so your best chance of getting into the 2018 class is to apply online NOW while there are few on the list.

  3. Gina Gamel on October 1, 2017 at 7:03 PM

    I have applied for the certified beekeeping program, was wondering when or if I will hear back from someone.

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