Regional beekeeping classes

The below listed classes are available to anyone interested in getting started in beekeeping or is simply curious about honeybees and beekeeping

Please check back here for new class updates.

The intent of this page is to list all beginners beekeeping classes that are offered by any of the affiliated regional beekeeping associations.

NOTICE: If you are working toward becoming an Alabama Certified Master Beekeeper, these classes do not meet the requirements of the Alabama Master Beekeepers lecture series.  

If you are a member of an affiliated regional beekeeping association and know of any planned classes, please send dates, times, location, sponsoring organization, point of contact (preferably email or phone number), URL of your Webpages (if your association has a Webpage) and any other class related information to the Webmaster.

The following organizations have notified the Webmaster of the following classes.   
Associations are listed in the order they were reported to the webmaster.


Chilton County Area

Beginner Beekeeping Course

Mondays, January 15 through March 5, from 6 to 8 pm

Clanton Recreation Center, 305 Lay Dam Road, Clanton, AL

 Cost: $40.00 per person which includes 2018 membership to Chilton County Beekeepers Assoc. Registration deadline is December 30, 2017, a late fee of $10.00 will be added after the cutoff date.

Space is limited so register early.


Textbook: ACES BACKYARD BEEKEEPING (ANR-135) Published by Alabama Cooperative Extension Services You can download free copy


Make check payable to Chilton County Beekeepers Association.

Click here for a registration form, Print and mail form for each person to:

   Larry Wyatt
CCBA President
2660 county road 42
Jemison, Al 35085


Class Schedule  

First Sessoin Who is a beekeeper? What is a “standard” honeybee hive? Larry Wyatt instructor, pages 1-3 & pages 6-9 (as ties into pages 15-21) January 15, 2018
Second Session What is the honeybee life and contribution to pollination? Stings. Don Short instructor, pages 3-6 & pages 1-2 (as ties into pages 15-21) January 22, 2018
Third Session How do you acquire honeybees? What tools & safety do beekeepers use? How does one get the honeybees into the hive? Terry Collier instructor, pages 8-12 (as ties into pages 15-21) January 29, 2018
Fourth Session How do the frames and comb change to allow honeybee survival? Is there excess honey to extract? —From install, first year versus second year, Bill Evans instructor, pages 12-15 February 5, 2018
Fifth Session How can beekeepers assist honeybees in feeding, housing and water? Gary Farmer instructor pages 15-19 & pages 37-40 February 12, 2018
Sixth What Pests, Parasites, Diseases can harm honeybees? Beth Taylor instructor, Pages 26-36 February 19, 2018
Seventh Session How do beekeepers determine when to harvest honey, pollen, wax or propolis? Beekeepers who breed more colonies to pollinate crops or to sell to other apiaries? Pages 20-25 February 26 2018
Eight Session Test & Certificate Presentation, Instructors available for Question/Answer Forum. March 5 , 2018


Madison County Area

Practical Beekeeping Class 

 Anyone interested in becoming a beekeeper or that is just curious about honeybees and beekeeping is welcome to attend.    

This is a free class

The class is intentionally scheduled after the busy end of year holidays are over and the pace has slowed for most of us. January seems to be when most outside activities have slowed and the weather is more conducive to sitting inside a warm class room leaning about honeybees. It also gives time to order your honeybees and equipment, get it built, painted and be ready to start beekeeping in early March, which is the best time to start beekeeping

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2018 Class Schedule

First Session Thursday January 18, 2018
Second Session Thursday February 1, 2018

Class sessions typically run the full 3.5 hours including a 10 minute break.    Click here for additional information.

The class meets from 5:30 PM to 9:00 PM in the auditorium at the Huntsville Public Library "main library" at:

915 Monroe St.

Huntsville, AL 35801

Phone: 256 532 5940

Click here for a map

This class is based on the DVD video series by Dir. Keith Delaplane entitled:
Honeybees and Beekeeping - A Year in the Life of an Apiary
Published by the University Of Georgia
This video is divided into 8 different segments each just under 30 minutes in length. All sessions can be viewed on line at:

The class includes basic beekeeping fundamentals as well as all activities required by a new beekeeper for one full year in the apiary. This class has traditionally been spread over 4 different sessions, at 2 week intervals.  At each session, one segment of the above video was shown followed by a PowerPoint discussion and expansion on the information included in the video, then a break followed by a repeat using the next sequential video segments.

However, due to limitations in the use of the library meeting room, we are now limited to only one room reservation per month. In order to get the class completed in time to start beekeeping in the class year, we have been forced to remove the video and consolidate the PowerPoint information into only 2 sessions.

Therefore it is suggested that all attending the class view half of the video segments, from online, before each class session.     

  New file 11/10/2017

Last Updated 11/10/2018 brf/lw