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Sweet Briar College’s campus in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, is more than just a beautiful place. Our 2,840 acres of farmlands and vineyards, forest and wetlands, meadows and historic buildings are a learning lab that helps students write their own future.

Join us on Saturday June 10th & Sunday June 11th 2023 for a 2-day conference set in the beautiful foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains at Sweet Briar College.

 Our keynote speakers include:

Dr. Juliana Rangel

Dr. Jay Evans

Dr. Kiara Wagoner

Dr. Scott McArt

Melissa Wright VDACS

Katie Martin DWR



The Master Beekeeper Program will host the written exams for Apprentice, Journeyman and Master Beekeeper as well as offer practical hive inspection testing for Apprentice and Journeyman students who have successfully passed their written exam during the 2023 Membership meeting at Sweet Briar College June 10-11, 2023.

Master Beekeeper lab training/testing will be held both Saturday and Sunday for all students registered for the Master Beekeeper exam only.

All students, please preregister for the Master Beekeeper Program testing during your conference registration which opens with early registration in April 2023. Walk-up registrations  are not accepted during the conference. 

We hope you are planning to attend the 2023 Spring VSBA conference and additional Master Beekeeper Program information can be found on the VSBA Master Beekeeper page.

Safely & Respectfully,

Frank S. Walker

VSBA MBP Director

  • Workshops for all levels of beekeepers from beginners to experienced will be offered in conjunction with our main speaker events. Workshop registration is limited and we encourage early registration if you plan on attending any of the following workshops:

  • Honey Bee Microscopy with Dr. James Wilson
  • Honey Show Preparation with EAS Master Beekeeper Karla Eisen & Bob Wellemeyer
  • In the Apiary a Hands on Experience with Master Beekeeper Brooke Savage 
  • Pollinator Meadows Tour & Discussion Led by Sweet Briar College

We will have limited apiary sessions for on-site practical's during the conference

  • All Master beekeeper candidates must pre-register to take the exams.
  • All exams will be at a scheduled time block for each student.
  • Study materials can be found on the master beekeeper program page here

Retakes for the exam need to contact us at to be scheduled.


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