A Branch of the British Columbia Honey Producers Association

Beekeepers Mentorship Program

Program Guidelines of the Mentor Program

Program Description

This program operates under the oversight of a Mentor Manager who works with several Mentor Advisors. The Mentor Advisors each maintain communication with up to three Mentors that are paired with two New Beekeepers. 

It is not the responsibility of the mentor to maintain the new beekeepers hive. The mentor is to assist in the search for knowledge by answering questions and to help the new beekeeper to think BEE by suggesting different ideas and paths to explore. The mentor should not have to spend a great deal of time with new beekeepers. Most communication should be by telephone or email. The new beekeeper should plan to visit the mentor’s apiary where the mentor can demonstrate, explain and answer questions about their management practices. The new beekeeper can then put into practice, in their own apiary, what they have learned. 

Mentor Responsibilities:

Kamloops Beekeepers Club Responsibilities:

Mentee Responsibilities:

Beekeeper Mentorship Program Links

This is a list or resources as links that are suggested for the BITs “Beekeepers-In-Training”, in conjunction with the Mentorship Program.


  1. Extension University and Ask an Expert (articles, webinars, seminars, videos, ask an expert) https://honeybee.uoguelph.ca/
  2. BCHPA http://www.bcbeekeepers.com/ 
  3. BC Ministry of Agriculture (Apiculture) http://www.agf.gov.bc.ca/apiculture/ 
  4. American Bee Federation (archived ABF Convention education seminars) https://www.abfnet.org/ 
  5. Andy Giger’s B-Eye http://andygiger.com/science/beye/beyehome.html and http://andygiger.com/science/beye/beyeold.html 


Scholarly Papers

  1. Diurnal Behavioural Differences in Forager and Nurse Honey Bees Apis Mellifera Carnica (K Crailsheim, N Hrassnigg, A Stabentheiner) Adipologie 1996 27 235-244
  2. The honeybee queen influences the regulation of colony drone production (Wharton/Dyer/Huang/Getty) Oxford Journal of Behavioral Ecology Vol. 18 Issue. 06, 2007 http://m.beheco.oxfordjournals.org/content/18/6/1092
  3. The Ups and Downs of Bee Navigation (Laura Blackburn) Journal of Experimental Biology doi: 10.1242/jeb.002089March 1, 2007J Exp Biol 210, 845-853
    http://jeb.biologists.org/content/210/5/845.full research paper http://jeb.biologists.org/content/210/5/i.2.full article
  4. Vision and air flow combine to streamline flying honeybees (Taylor/Luu/Ball/Srinivasan) Nature’s Scientific Reports: Scientific Reports 3; Article 2614; 10 Sep 2013 doi:10.1038/srep02614