Albuquerque Beekeepers

Urban beekeeping in New Mexico's largest city.

We still have a few precious seats available in the New Mexico Beekeepers Association Certified Beekeeper Apprentice Program. It's an amazing comprehensive beekeeping class series.

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
6. Streamlined approach for managing swarms

The 2018 Certified Beekeepers sessions are scheduled for seven Saturdays.

Enrollment in the Certified Beekeepers program includes a paid one-year membership 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, unless otherwise announced.

First-year students may apply online.

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I just joined the group and saw this last week.  I sent in the application, but haven't heard back yet about whether there were still spots or what the schedule was for the program.  Does that mean the slots are closed for this year?  I would really love to take a class here that would prepare me to be able to start a hive, but I haven't seen any other full programs like this one posted anywhere.

Hi Selena,

your application did not come through. My apologies, we've been having trouble receiving some of the applications this year. The program started on April 7th. Let me find out if we are still accepting students. 



Selena, we met last night and do have space for you in the class. If you are still interested, please send me an email at We would have to get you registered before the next class, which is this Saturday., April 21st.




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