Georgia Master Beekeeper Program: Public Service Requirements
Candidates for the Journeyman rank or higher must document a certain number of public service credits. "Public service" is defined as volunteer service or educational activity oriented around bees and beekeeping and conducted for the benefit of the public. It is “outward” focused toward the non-beekeeping public, not inward toward beekeepers and places a premium on the personal involvement of the candidate. Educational activities in conjunction with commercial ventures generally do not qualify. Newspaper articles about the candidate do not qualify; however, original publications by the candidate may qualify (this, however, is redundant with Master Beekeeper subspecialty #6 and cannot be applied toward both requirements).
One Public Service Credit (PSC) equals a single, documented event of a qualified public service. Multiple repetitions of a particular activity may count, but only if they involve separate events or invitations. For example, two presentations to fifth grade science classes may qualify as 2 PSCs, but not if they are two successive class periods on the same day.
Documentation is required in the form of evidence presented in a portfolio. Primary evidence includes original media: conference programs, testimonial letters from third parties, newspaper clippings, photographs, or video recordings. Secondary documentation may lack material evidence of the activity, but must at least include a written statement with the title of the event, date, place, time, topic, target clientele group, description of the activity, and its outcome. In general, documentation must be material evidence, in writing; and more detail is better than less. Program directors reserve the right to accept or reject documentation during program audits. Those candidates do best whose portfolios are 3-ring binders with categories plainly tabbed and labeled and the evidence presented in an orderly fashion. Loose scraps of paper are not acceptable. In short, make it easy for the auditors to check off their list.
The following activities are pre-approved for satisfying PSC requirements. Other activities may be admissible, but candidates are advised to contact program officers about specific cases: Robert Brewer at (706) 896-2024 firstname.lastname@example.org or Keith Delaplane at (706) 542-2816 email@example.com.
- Presenting bee-related lecture or workshop to non-beekeeping group (youth or adult).
- Officership in local beekeeping association.
- Volunteer swarm removal (not to exceed 2 PSC).
- Volunteer bee colony removal from structure (not to exceed 2 PSC).
- Appointment by local County Extension office or other municipal agency
as expert contact on bee-related questions or issues (not to exceed 2
- Assisting with youth organizations' (4-H, Scouts, FFA, etc.) bee related project work.
- Mentoring a new beekeeper through at least one complete season.
- Public demonstration on beekeeping topic at fair, festival or similar public event.
- Providing a hive of bees to pollinate a public garden.
- Establishing and maintaining observation hive for school or civic group.