Beginning Beekeeping Skills

Learn How To Inspect Your Colonies

Once you start some honey bee colonies, you probably have a LOT of beekeeping questions about how to inspect your colonies.

Here are some questions you might have. . .

  • How often do I inspect my colonies?
  • What do I look for?
  • How do I light my smoker? How do I get the lid off of the hive?
  • Where should I stand? How do I remove a frame?
  • How do I expand my colonies and add supers?
  • How do I divide colonies? How do I maintain my colony numbers?
  • How do I prepare my colonies for winter?
  • What do bees do in the cold?
  • How do I feed my bees?

You are not alone.

Over the past 30+ years, Stan and I have helped thousands of people get started with beekeeping. You have asked some really great, important questions about bees. We gathered all of the questions and answers together to write a series of beekeeping courses. 

In our PREMIUM course, Beginning Beekeeping Skills, you will develop and expand your basic skills to go from “Newbie” to confident.

Why Take This Course?

The first hive inspections can be intimidating. Take this course to build basic skills so you can approach your colonies with confidence. This course will take you from early inspections, through your first winter, and into the next spring.

This course includes over 50 video and text lessons. We will take you beekeeping and share step-by-step strategies, inspection tips, and troubleshooting guides to help keep your colonies healthy and happy. 

Skills you will learn

How to use a smoker and hive tool to open the lid & remove frames

How to feed honey bees & avoid robbing behavior

How to add supers to provide room for expansion

How to divide or split a colony & increase or maintain colony numbers

How to prepare for winter–what to do and when to do it

How to check over wintered colonies & clean up dead hives

Take Our Online Courses Anytime, Anywhere in the World.

Begin any time of year, and refer back to the info when you need to.

100% Self-paced with pre-recored videos.

Lifetime access.

Access to updates. Whenever we update this course, you will have access to all of the new info.

52 Emails

Don’t have time to complete all of the lessons? We’ve got you covered. We took the information across all six of our courses and divided it into 52 condensed emails. You can avoid overwhelm by focusing on 1-2 topics per week in the season that you need the information.

NOTE: Weekly emails will span all six courses. You will be able to access links within courses you signed up for.

Over 100 Printable Guides

Most lessons contain printable guides, including checklists, recipes, tutorials, and more! Print and reprint them as often as you need. These are great resources for bee clubs or handouts for teaching beekeeping classes.

Access them within the lessons, or find all of them on the downloads page.

Example Printable Guides

  • Summer Hive Inspection Checklist
  • Recipe for our signature lip balm
  • Development time of honey bees
  • Queen rearing calendar
  • Beekeeping Glossary
  • Top 15 Mistakes that New Beekeepers Make
  • Queen Troubleshooting Flow Chart
  • And more!

Do You Offer Refunds?

Yes. If you finish the course and feel like you haven’t learned anything new, email us within 30 days for a full refund. 


Join thousands of beekeepers from around the country who have created successful apiaries and discovered the joy of keeping honey bees.

Here is what our customers have to say!

More Confident as Beekeepers

“Stan and Alicia, Thank you for letting us learn from you. We have learned so much and are getting more confident as beekeepers. There is a huge difference between a book education and watching Stan work:) We really appreciate your friendship.”

Andrea and kids, Spanish Fork, Utah

Folks You Can Trust

“I have known Stan and Alicia for 3 years now while trying to learn the art of beekeeping. They are perfect contacts to get you started and keep you going. Very knowledgeable and patient with everyone. . . . They teach classes, have online videos, and will give ongoing support.”

Brent DeMille, Utah

Successfully Completing This Course Requires

  • Begin this course AFTER you have
    • Completed our free course, My First Colony –OR–
    • Already have honey bee colonies –OR–
    • Have your supplies ordered for your first colonies.
  • We assume you will keep European Honey Bees.
  • The material in this class applies best to temperate regions with a winter season.
  • You will have most success as a new beekeeper if you keep bees in a Langstroth hive, but you can adapt this course to fit other hive styles. (Top Bar, Warré, and other Hives are considered “Intermediate” hives.)

About the Creators

Photo Credit to JP Morgan

Hi. We are Stan and Alicia Moulton and we own and operate The Honey Company in Spring City, Utah. We have helped thousands of new beekeepers get started over the past 30 years and 4 generations of beekeeping. Stan likes to say “I’ve killed more colonies than you ever will as I’ve learned to keep bees.” Learn from our mistakes and successes as you keep bees too. 

Class Curriculum

Purchase Beginning Beekeeping Skills Course


Over 50 lessons to help you learn what you need to know to start your first honey bee colony.

Purchase All Six Online Beekeeping Courses


(a $600 Value)

  1. My First Colony
  2. Beginning Beekeeping Skills
  3. How is My Queen?
  4. Are My Bees Healthy?
  5. Honey and Beeswax
  6. Queen Rearing

Over 275 video and text lessons to help you keep healthier, more successful honey bee colonies.