Intermediate Beekeeping | Lackawanna College

Intermediate Beekeeping

At A Glance

Learn advanced techniques in beekeeping with this certificate program.
Begin this career as a hobbyist making $29,000 per year and become a master beekeeper making up to $73,060 per year.
Students can complete this three-month program during the evening to start their new hobby or career.
Continue this passion and work your way to becoming an entrepreneur selling delicious honey locally.

Welcome to Intermediate Beekeeping-Certificate Program

You’ve finished the first step in this certificate program and now, due to your love of nature, want to continue following your passion. This certificate program is the best way to continue to be aspiring beekeeper.

The Lackawanna College Environmental Center’s Beekeeping Intermediate Certificate is another step toward your professional career as a beekeeper. Through this certificate series you’ll learn what it takes to blossom into a successful beekeeper.

Your Career Starts Here

Beekeeping continues to grow through the years, and increased 5.3% over the previous decade. The demand continues to be steady and job security is high due to the hands-on nature of beekeeping.

The median average wage of a master beekeeper is up to $73,060 per year, making $35 per hour.

Lackawanna’s Intermediate Beekeeper Certificate can help you turn your hobby into a career. Jobs in this field can range from urban beekeepers to beekeeper farmers with a wide range of locations.

More About the Program

The Lackawanna College Intermediate Beekeeping Certificate major is designed to support both new and seasoned beekeepers. Beekeeping can be challenging, and our Intermediate Beekeeping Certificate combines relevant, scientific and real-world knowledge to help you develop your ability to keep bees.

You’ll gain an increased knowledge of honey bee biology and practical beekeeping, have the ability to manage a honey bee colony over an extended period of time, and learn how to be prepared for environmental and hive challenges. All through the teaching of a certified beekeeper, who maintains an apiary.

The Intermediate Beekeeping Program runs every Thursday from 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

After completing our program, you will earn an Intermediate Beekeeping Certificate and can begin the Advanced Beekeeping Certificate.

This program supports a beekeeper’s preparation for the Eastern Apicultural Society (EAS) of North America’s nationally recognized Master Beekeeping certification process. The EAS Master Beekeepers Program has existed for many years as a level of beekeeping expertise certified through the rigorous testing established and maintained through the Eastern Apiculture Society. The Master Beekeepers work together to support the educational arm of the EAS.

At Lackawanna College, we offer some of the most affordable courses in northeastern Pennsylvania. Tuition for the Intermediate Beekeeping certificate major is $250, excluding textbook cost.

The Course Work

Courses in the Intermediate Beekeeping Certificate program include:

  • Honey, Wax & Pollen Processing
  • Mating Biology
  • Preparing for Winter
  • Honey Extraction
  • Hive Splits
  • Swarming & Hive Capacity
  • Disease Management
  • Natural vs. Treatment Beekeeping