AABA's Beekeeping Short Course

Beekeeping - A Honey of a Hobby

Each winter AABA offers a beginning beekeeping course for anyone interested in learning the basics of beekeeping. The course is now full. 

 AABA will begin registration again in September 2022 for the 2023 Short Course, or check with the  Maryland State Beekeepers Association (https://www.mdbeekeepers.org/) for other courses that may be open and available.

The Syllabus

The course consists of seven (7) sessions and covers the following material:

  • Introduction to Beekeeping
  • Equipment
  • Honey Bee Biology
  • Spring / Summer Management
  • Fall / Winter Management
  • Maintaining Healthy Bees
  • Nectar Sources
  • Honey Extraction
  • Products of the Hive

How to Install Bees

In the final class, students will be shown how to install bees. Many students order bees during the class and start their first hives after completing the course. By that time, even those completely new to beekeeping will have the knowledge and the connections to start their own apiary.

The 2022 Short Course Schedule

AABA is offering the 2022 Short Course as a hybrid format. This is a seven-session course with an optional equipment lab. Plan to attend all Zoom Sessions and final Session Field Day.

Lecture Location: Lectures 1 through 6 held via Zoom
Equipment Lab and Session 7 Field Day hosted by:
HoneySmith Bees
1182 Patuxent Rd,
Odenton, MD 21113

Session 1:  Wednesday, January 19th, 7 – 9 pm
Optional Equipment Lab*: Saturday,  January 22nd  (times to be assigned after session 1)
Session 2: Wednesday, February 2nd,  7 – 9 pm
Session 3: Wednesday,   February 9th, 7 – 9 pm
Session 4: Wednesday, February 16th, 7 – 9 pm
Session 5: Wednesday,  February 23rd, 7 – 9 pm
Session 6: Wednesday, March 2nd, 7 – 9 pm
Session 7  Field Day*:  Saturday, March 26th,  (times to be assigned)  

*In-person classes. Small groups will be assigned times.  

Required Textbook:  The Beekeeper’s Handbook, by Diana Sammataro & Alphonse Avitabile, 5th Ed.

Course Fee:  Student - $50.00.  Additional Family (Spouse and/or Children) - $25.00 per person.
(Course fee includes a one-year membership in AABA for 2022).


If you have questions, please contact our Beekeeping Short Course coordinator at shortcourse@aabees.org.