Young Harris Beekeeping Institute:
Welsh Honey Judge Level 1 Requirements
Welsh Honey Judge (WJH) licensing requires that four steps be completed:
One can become a certified Welsh Honey Judge (WHJ) in 1 year. It takes at least one additional year to achieve the rank of Senior WHJ, although candidates for both levels may proceed through the certification process at their own pace.
Year 1 is when the candidate takes introductory classes toward becoming a WHJ. Candidates will attend the YHC / UGA Beekeeping Institute and participate in the Thursday training course entitled “Honey Judge Training – Beginner” or similar. During this course, candidates will view a presentation on “Judging Bee Products for the Show Bench” and participate in a hands-on workshop on judging beekeeping products for exhibiting. The candidate will be required to bring 1 jar of extracted honey (1 lb queenline jar) for this lesson and one beeswax candle for judging. These items may be produced by the candidate, or purchased, provided that they are 100% pure honey or beeswax, respectively.
Stewarding Honey Shows
After receiving beginner training at the Institute, candidates are eligible to complete and document experience as a honey show steward from a minimum of 2 honey shows. One opportunity for stewarding may be available at the Institute honey shows: reservations are limited for these stewarding opportunities. Additionally, candidates may either be invited to steward a honey show or self-initiate a honey show and volunteer to steward. If candidates elect to do this, they must do it through an “official” organization such as the Georgia Beekeepers Association , one of the many local beekeeper associations in Georgia, or through a county or state fair. Regardless, the candidate should choose an organization and help them initiate and conduct a honey show. Candidates must document participation in the show. Documentation should include (1) completion of the "Honey Show Documentation Form" and (2) at least one additional piece of evidence (copies of prize cards, ribbons awarded, photographs of the event, sign up list, article about the show in a local paper, etc.).
During the candidacy/stewarding period to becoming a WHJ the candidate is highly encouraged (though not required) to participate in as many organized honey shows as possible, both as a steward and as an exhibitor. This participation should include exhibiting honey and bee products, judging small, local shows and stewarding larger shows. Documentation of all honey show activities will be reviewed during the oral exam process and should be displayed professionally in a portfolio (e.g. organized by date in a 3 ring binder with associated pieces of evidence). Although not required, the WHJ Board strongly suggests candidates begin assembling their Senior Judge Portfolio to document participation in honey shows as stewards and exhibitors.
Assembly and Presentation of Judging Kit
All candidates must assemble a Welsh Honey Judge kit. The judge’s kit must include certain items and be presented to the WHJ Board at the time of the oral exam.
Candidates who have completed steps 1-3 will be eligible to take the oral exam. The candidate must exhibit competency and understanding of the principals of Welsh honey judging during the oral exam. Candidates must register for the oral exam/practical and may incur additional fees. The oral exams are offered only at the Young Harris Institute.
Candidates successfully completing all of the required steps will be certified as WHJs. The new WHJs will be awarded a white judge’s coat, hat, and certificate during the awards ceremony at the Young Harris Institute. Incumbents are expected to wear their coats and hats whenever discharging their duties as a WHJ-qualified steward or judge.
Questions about the WHJ program may be addressed to Kieth Fielder.