Beek Apprenticeship

A Masterclass in Beekeeping

Over 6 Saturdays, you will receive 50 hours of in-person instruction, and more than half of those hours will be spent suited up inspecting bee hives.

By dedicating one Saturday a month, you will see the vast seasonality involved in beekeeping, and receive hands-on instruction to learn how what we can expect each season, what interventions may be required, and how to respond to what has become unpredictable Texas weather.

Your registration includes all the tools and gear you’ll need as a beekeeper, all your texts, and lunch at one of Austin’s favorite restaurants each month.

 Apprenticeship FAQ

What are the dates for the Fall 2024 apprenticeship?

August 17, 2024
September 21, 2024
October 26, 2024
November 9, 2024
March 1, 2025
April 5, 202
June 7, 2025 (weather date)

If you have to miss a session, you can make up ONE session with the next Apprenticeship group with notice 24 hours before that session is held!

What does the program cost?

The apprenticeship tuition is $1450.  You will also be responsible for an additional deposit to cover program materials, lunch, and your beekeeping protective gear and equipment. The cost of the deposit ranges from $184-405, depending on which protective gear package you choose.  You will be billed in two installments for the tuition. If you choose to pay the tuition within 30 days, in full, your program will be discounted $100. If you sign up today, you are ONLY paying the deposit to cover materials, lunch and gear and will be billed for the remainder. 

Will additional costs are associated with the program?
Other than your tuition and materials/equipment deposit, you can expect no additional costs! Your deposit includes gloves, a hive tool, smoker, bee brush, a Two Hives Honey workbook, printed beekeeping texts and materials, a ventilated jacket and veil (or a full suit depending on your deposit), a lunch each day from a local restaurant, and beverages each session. If you already own any of these items, choose ‘no gear’ at checkout and we will reach out to confirm what items you need and adjust your invoice accordingly.

How many people will be in the program?
The class will be capped at 20 folks to ensure the experience is intimate and as hands-on as possible.

I am already a beekeeper. Is this program for me?
Absolutely! This program has been very successful for everyone from those brand new to bees to beekeepers that have had hives for over 5 years. We take great care to ensure everyone is challenged at every stage. We are happy to connect you with some of our graduates to discuss their experience if you like. If you already own beekeeping tools, email us and we will work with you so you are not paying for gear you already own.

Where will sessions be held?
The classes will be held at our Honey Ranch a few miles east of Austin. The bee work will occur at various sites in the Austin area. One week before each session you will receive that month’s readings, agenda, and locations.

My schedule conflicts with one of the Saturdays!
If you are concerned that you will miss one of the days, email us and let’s discuss if we can make it work! You can make up to 1 session with the next apprenticeship class.

I am a bit nervous about being around bees, but I really want to get over this fear and become a beekeeper. Can they sense my fear, and if so, does that make me a likely target for getting stung?
Unlike wasps and yellow jackets, honeybees do not act in a predatory manner, and are actually incredibly docile and rarely attack unless they feel threatened. Please know that you are in very good hands. If you ever feel uncomfortable and need to take a break, we will ensure that is allowable and you are given the ample time you need.

How much time will we have for a lunch break? Should I plan to bring a sack lunch?
Each month lunch will be provided from a different Austin-based restaurant.

I have dietary restrictions!
That’s ok! Whether you are vegetarian, vegan, or gluten-free, we can accommodate you. You will let us know during your registration!

Is it okay to take photos during the classes? How about video recordings of your teaching?
We are ok with photos, and we would love for you to tag us on social media! Short video recordings of class are ok, but we ask that you refrain from videos longer than 30 seconds. Make sure any photos or videos being taken aren’t taking your attention away from the task at hand.

If inclement weather prevents us from inspecting hives, will we still meet? How will I be notified if there is a last minute change in the schedule?
If weather (strong rains or temperatures below 60 degrees) prevents us from working hives, we may or may not move forward with the classroom portion of the day, depending on the topic. Any inclement weather days will be rescheduled, and you will be notified of changes in schedule via email.

I wasn’t able to participate in this session. Will you be offering this program again? If so, when?
Yes! The apprenticeship is held twice per year, once starting in February and again in August. In the meantime, check our schedule of classes.

This sounds amazing. What do I do next?
Register here!

I have more questions! Where do I go?
Just email us! We are happy to answer any and all questions.