Introduction to Beekeeping Course

A 10 step guide to provide you with the knowledge, guidance, and confidence you need to start your first hive and keep happy, healthy, honey-making bees!

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Introduction to Beekeeping is more than just an online course!

With your enrollment you will receive all of the following:

Welcome Packet by Mail Including

  • Welcome Letter

  • NewBee University Pen

  • 16 Page Workbook

Online Course (Lifetime Access)

  • 10 Steps to Becoming a Beekeeper

  • Over 4 Hours of High-Quality HD Video Lessons

  • Over 2 Hours of Optional Extended Learning

  • Resources for Continuing Learning

  • The Knowledge, Guidance, & Confidence to Get Started

    Class Discussion Group

    • Ask Questions & Get Answers

    • Share Your Beekeeping Journey

    • Get Support and Guidance

    Completion Packet by Mail

    • Official Completion Certificate

    • Course Completion Gift (Surprise)

What our students are saying:

"I liked the clear explanations and things being shown in a detailed way."

- Karyn, NewBee University Student, Colorado"

"It was simple and straight forward using language and terms simple to understand and broke bee keeping down to make it really understandable. I am now more excited than ever to get started and feel like I am prepared!"

- Christa, NewBee University Student, Georgia

"Great info! On point without the confusion. Thank you!

- Nicki, NewBee University Student, Australia

"This course was straightforward, easy to follow, while still being extremely helpful by outlining the trickier details of beekeeping. This course consistently gave you pros and cons and in certain cases recommended one of the options, which makes it much easier to move forward. I loved the pacing and how the information was laid out.Thank you!"

- Ellie, NewBee University Student, New York

"I liked that I could do it at my pace, my schedule, and rewind or re-watch lectures."

- Alex, NewBee University Student, Alabama

Course Enrollment Options

Choose from 3 enrollment options below, including the opportunity to give the gift of beekeeping to a loved one!

Course Curriculum

  Chapter 1: What does it take to become a beekeeper?
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  Chapter 2: Honey Bee Basics
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  Chapter 4: Buying Your First Bees
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  Completion Test
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You might ask yourself,
"Is this course worth the cost?"

The short answer: Yes, absolutely!

Here are a few reasons why:

  • We have simplified the process of learning to become a beekeeper:

We know you are busy and sorting through tons of beekeeping sources to try and figure things out can be frustrating. We have taken the guess work out of becoming a beekeeper by creating a course focused on NewBees. We will provide you with factual, research based information, without overwhelming you with details that you do not need in order to get started and be successful. We will also provide you with information on how to continue learning once you get started.

  • You will receive much more than an online course, you will also get:

  • A Community of Support
  • Introduction / Welcome Packet by Mail
  • Beekeeping Workbook & Pen
  • Lifetime Access to Course (Including New Lessons)
  • Official Course Completion Certificate
  • Course Completion Gift
  • Bonuses: Hive Inspection Sheet, Honey Marketing Tips, & more
  • Hours of Extended Learning Videos
  • Continued Learning Opportunities

Beekeeping Workbook

  • You will actually SAVE money by enrolling in this course:

Many beekeepers make easily avoidable mistakes that kill their bees the first year. This course will help save you the heartache that comes with this loss AND you will save the $150 to $200 expense of replacing your bees. This course will also help you save $100’s by helping you avoid buying equipment you do not need to get started. By keeping your bees healthy you will also produce more honey.

Online Course

  • Without the proper knowledge and guidance beekeeping can become a choir instead of a joy:

Struggles that come from not having learned the foundations of beekeeping cause many to struggle, become frustrated, and many quit beekeeping after just a year or two. This course will provide you the knowledge and guidance you need to get started right and will be a resource to answer your questions when they arise. This will make beekeeping the joy is supposed to be rather than a frustration.

  • This course will also help you make more honey!

Starting out right and keeping bees healthy will lead to your bees making more honey! Where many new beekeepers struggle to keep their bees alive through the first winter, you will be preparing your bees for a second-year honey harvest of +30 pounds of honey! While we encourage NewBees not to count on honey the first year, the steps in this course may very well help you produce some first-year honey. An increase of just 14 lbs of honey will more than pay for this course!

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Course Enrollment Options

Choose from 3 enrollment options below, including the opportunity to give the gift of beekeeping to a loved one!

  • Video Lessons Only
  • $110 Lifetime Access
  • Over 4 Hours of HD video Lessons
  • Over 2 Hours of Extended Learning
  • Resources for Continued Learning
  • Knowledge, Guidance, & Confidence to get started
  • Enroll In Video Lessons!
  • Full Course Enrollment
  • $139 Lifetime Access
  • Full HD video Course Access
  • Welcome Packet by Mail (Welcome Letter, Workbook, NBU Pen)
  • Private NewBee Discussion Group
  • Completion Packet by Mail (Course Completion Certificate & Gift)
  • Enroll In Full Course!
  • Gift This Course
  • $139 Lifetime Access
  • Official Course Enrollment Gift Certificate Add a Personalized Message
  • Complete Course Enrollment (HD Videos & Private Discussion Group)
  • Welcome Packet by Mail (Welcome Letter, Workbook, NBU Pen)
  • Completion Packet by Mail (Course Completion Certificate & Gift)
  • Give the Gift of Beekeeping!

There are three types of NewBees,

The Hesitant

The Bee Killers

& The Learners

Which one are you?

HESITANT: You might be interested in becoming a beekeeper, but are hesitant and don't feel like you have what it takes (time, money, location, knowledge, etc) if that describes you, this course will put your mind at ease and help you through the process.

LEARNER: If you're a learner than your in the right place. You like to learn, we love to teach! BUT some learners feel like they have to learn everything before they start and this can lead them to be hesitant. Our course will provide you the knowledge you need to get started AND additional "Extended Learning" opportunities to take your honey bee and beekeeping knowledge to the next level. (Side Note: I'm a learner (over thinker) too, can't get enough about bees! :)

BEE KILLER: I know that sounds harsh, and no one sets out in beekeeping to be a bee killer however that is what many NewBees turn into. This is usually because these NewBees underestimated the learning it takes to become a beekeeper. They jumped in and got started, but didn't have the foundation needed to be successful and keep their bees alive. If you are afraid of being a bee killer, let me help you. Not only will this course save you the sadness of having killed your bees (and it is sad) but you will save more than the cost of this course by simply not having to purchase bees again (or worse, many beekeepers quite after their first or second year when their bees die, therefore also losing the money they invested in their equipment and the joy this hobby cold have offered for years to come).

So if you want to:

get over your HESITATION,

becoming a LEARNER

and avoid being a BEE KILLER

Our Introduction to Beekeeping Course is the place to start!

Introduction to Beekeeping is an online beekeeping course focused on walking you through the foundational information that you must know to begin beekeeping, keep your bees alive, and continue to learn and love beekeeping for years to come. The course is focused on providing you with rich visuals to help you see and understand what is being learned. Through the abundant use of in the field videos, photographs, and graphics you will be taken for an up close beekeeping experience and learn the workings of the honey bee, the hive, and the beekeeper.

To ensure you have a spot in this course sign up below to be notified when open enrollment begins, this course has limited enrollment and enrollment is only open for two weeks, so please enroll early and don't miss out on this opportunity to become a beekeeper!


Your Instructor

Matthew "Mr. D" Doucette
Matthew "Mr. D" Doucette

My name is Matthew Doucette, founder of NewBee University. I have a Masters in Education, but more importantly a love of bees and a passion for sharing that love with others. I am pleased to be able to have the opportunity to bring new students into the wonderful world of beekeeping and helping them build the foundation to making this a long term hobby. I look forward to working with you and helping you start your first hive!

Frequently Asked Questions

Is this course worth the cost?
The short answer: YES! This course, the workbook, and completion packet cost $139, but will actually SAVE you money as a beekeeper. The reason is that many beekeepers lose their bees the first year. This course is designed to give you the foundations you need to keep your bees alive, this alone will more than pay for the cost of this course (Replacing bees costs between $150-$180). Keeping your bees happy and healthy will also save you the frustration of not knowing what to do with your bees and the heartache that can come from your bees dying. This heartache drives many NewBees out of beekeeping after just one or two years, before they ever truly experiencing the joys of beekeeping. Happy & healthy bees will also make more honey. If by taking this course your bees can make just 15 pounds more honey, which I have no doubt they will, your investment in this course will again have more than paid off (15 pounds @ $10/lb = $150). This course is also packed with tons of added value such as the workbook, NewBee pen, extended learning resources, completion certificate, completion gift, classroom discussion group and more. Your investment in this course will pay for itself many times over!
How long do I have access to the course?
How does lifetime access sound? After enrolling, you have unlimited access to this course for as long as you like - across any and all devices you own.
What if I am unhappy with the course?
We would never want you to be unhappy! We are here to help you get the most out of this course and we want you to feel prepared to get your first hive. If you have any problems or questions along the way, please contact us so we can help. If we are not able to help you in the way that you need and you are unsatisfied with your course purchase, contact us in the first 30 days (and before completing your course final exam and receiving your completion packet by mail) and we will give you a full refund.
When does the course start and finish?
You can only enroll in this course during open enrollment periods. If you are not ready to enroll now or it is not an open enrollment period be sure to enter your email for updates. Once you have enrolled you will be able to work at your own pace. We suggest starting your course sometime in mid to late winter the season before you want to start keeping bees. This will provide you plenty of time to plan and to order bees. If you wait until spring it will get a bit more difficult to order bee and get everything lined up in time to start your first hive.