Beek Apprenticeship

The Fall 2020 Apprenticeship is now closed for registration. Please sign up be notified when the Spring 2021 program is open for registration! 

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 Apprenticeship FAQ

What are the dates for the Fall 2020 program?
We are no longer accepting registrations for the fall program.  The Spring 2021 session will start in January 2021.  Please sign up for the waitlist to be the first to be notified when the session is open for registration!

What does the program cost?

The apprenticeship tuition is $1350.  You will also be responsible for a 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. If you choose to pay within 30 days in full, your program will be discounted $100.

Will additional costs are associated with the program?
Other than your tuition and materials/equipment fee, you can expect no additional costs! Your tuition includes gloves, a hive tool, smoker, bee brush, a Two Hives Honey workbook, the Idiot’s Guide to Beekeeping, a ventilated jacket and veil (or an upgrade to a full suit), a lunch each day at one of Austin’s most popular farm-to-table restaurants, 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?
Each workshop will be held no more than 20 miles from the downtown Austin area. Ten days 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 farm-to-table 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) prevent 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 in 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 January and again in August. In the meantime, check our schedule of classes.

This sounds amazing. What do I do next?
Sign up to register and we will be in touch soon!

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

What are the dates for the Fall 2020 program?
September 5 – October 3 – October 24- November 14- March 20- April 10

*Inclement Weather Date: June 5

What does the program cost?

The apprenticeship tuition is $1350.  You will also be responsible for a 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. If you choose to pay within 30 days in full, your program will be discounted $100.

Will additional costs are associated with the program?
Other than your tuition and materials/equipment fee, you can expect no additional costs! Your tuition includes gloves, a hive tool, smoker, bee brush, a Two Hives Honey workbook, the Idiot’s Guide to Beekeeping, a ventilated jacket and veil (or an upgrade to a full suit), a lunch each day at one of Austin’s most popular farm-to-table restaurants, 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?
Each workshop will be held no more than 20 miles from the downtown Austin area. Ten days 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 farm-to-table 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) prevent 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 in 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 January and again in August. In the meantime, check our schedule of classes.

This sounds amazing. What do I do next?
Sign up to register and we will be in touch soon!

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