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UF/IFAS Honey Judge Program

Next Training: March 6 & 7, 2020

To sign up for the UF/IFAS Introductory Honey Judge and/or Advanced Honey Judge Training: please click here.

The UF/IFAS Honey Judge Program is a training and certification program for honey show judges. Participants in the program learn the art and science of judging honey, candles, mead, and much more using the time-honored judging traditions initially developed in Wales. 

There are three levels in the UF/IFAS Honey Judge Program:

  1. Honey Judge Candidate
  2. Certified Honey Judge
  3. Senior Honey Judge
  • Program Requirements by Level

    Honey Judge Candidate Requirements (Level 1)

    1. Participate in UF/IFAS Honey Judge introductory training.

    Certified Honey Judge Requirements (Level 2)

    1. Achieve the level of HJ Candidate.
    2. Steward three honey shows under three different Welsh or Florida Honey Judges.
    3. Earn 50 exhibiting points by showing items in honey shows.
    4. Develop a HJ Portfolio of Evidence.
    5. Assemble and present a Judging Kit.
    6. Take and pass the HJ Final Examination.

    Senior Honey Judge Requirements (Level 3)

    1. Achieve the level of Certified HJ.
    2. Participate in UF/IFAS Honey Judge advanced training.
    3. Judge three honey shows under or alongside three different Welsh or Florida Honey Judges.
    4. Earn 75 exhibiting points by showing items in honey shows.
    5. Develop a Senior HJ Portfolio of Evidence.
    6. Critique five personal exhibits.
    7. Take and pass the Senior HJ Final Examination.
  • Program History

    The Honey Judge Program at the University of Florida began in 2008, under the moniker ‘Welsh’. The University of Georgia Young Harris Beekeeping Institute and the Institute of Northern Ireland Beekeepers initially introduced the Welsh Honey Judge Program to the United States (US) in 2008.

    In 2013, the US Welsh Honey Judge Program underwent a significant revision with the purpose of allowing program participants to acquire more skills and knowledge in honey judging. This revision resulted in the addition of the new rank of Senior Welsh Honey Judge.

    In 2019, the program underwent its second major revision, with the purpose of tightening and reinforcing the standards that the program establishes, while ensuring that local Florida judges are able to participate fully in the program. Rebranding under a new title, the UF/IFAS Honey Judge Program, this revised program has reestablished the value and prominence of Florida Honey Judges. Furthermore, reevaluating the program has led to clearer and more stringent requirements for the UF/IFAS Honey Judge Program, which is among the most robust honey judging programs in the world.

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