Upcoming Classes

Fall 2018
Oct 2 - Nov 27
Class is closed
Winter 2019
Jan 8 - Feb 26
$125 per student
$24 book
Seats are available
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All classes are held Tuesday evenings from 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. There are eight indoor classes each session. An additional review session is scheduled around early April. Hive inspections are scheduled based on weather at a later date. Overall the course offers a minimum of 20 hours of instruction.

The BCBA class addresses primarily hobby-level beekeepers interested in using Langstroth style beehives. Top bar style equipment is discussed. Management issues common to all beekeeping equipment are focused upon.

Whether you are just beginning to learn about the marvelous world of honey bees, already have beehives, or would simply like to be better informed about the issues facing the honey bee this class will be invaluable. The instructors come from a wide variety of backgrounds; be prepared to hear more than one answer to a single question!

The program’s mission is to develop knowledgeable beekeeping ambassadors to help educate and inform the larger community. The welfare of bees and beekeeping is of utmost importance, now more than ever, so the program aims to improve awareness of beekeeping issues in Boulder County, Colorado and beyond.

The Beekeepers Handbook by Dianna Sammataro and Alphonse Avitable

Class Topics

  • A Beginner’s Year
  • The History of Beekeeping in Colorado
  • Honey Bee Biology
  • Bees & Wasps of Colorado
  • Honey Bee Health
  • Alternative Approaches to Beekeeping
  • The Hardware of Beekeeping
  • The Beekeeper’s Year


Classes are in Longmont at the
Boulder County Fairgrounds
Natural Resources Building
9595 Nelson Rd.
Longmont, CO 80501
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After completing your online registration please mail a check or money order to the address below to hold your space in the class. The winter/spring class usually fills and a waiting list will be established.

P.O. Box 383
Niwot, CO 80544-0383


For more information send an email to

This class is operated solely by the non-profit Boulder County Beekeepers Association. Registration fees are applied to class expenses and instructor fees. Membership fees in the BCBA are processed through a separate venue – please see the website. Since 1998 this class has been modified and updated in order to keep up with current trends and issues. Suggestions are always welcome!