Workshops and Certifications

Basic Beekeeping Workshop

Saturday, February 9, 2019 9:00am - 4:00pm
Located at Center for Agriculture and Natural Resources

In this six-hour class designed for beginners, learn about the lives of honey bees and the basic requirements and responsibilities of keeping bees. Our instructors will cover everything you need to know to get started on your own hives and what to expect in the first season.

Register Now for Basic Beekeeping


Pork Cutting & Processing Workshop- FULL

Two-Day Course: Friday - Saturday, January 25-26
Located at SUNY Cobleskill Meat & Fisheries Processing USDA Lab
$175 fee includes materials

Everybody is raising pigs these days, ever wonder how to process your own? Here's your opportunity! Friday you will learn how to slaughter and cut. Saturday is processing day. Learn how to breakdown a hog, make sausage, demo brining, and do some taste testing. All materials needed are provided for the workshop.

Please call the office at (518) 255-5528 for your name to be placed on a waiting list for any vacancies that may come up.


Artificial Insemination Training

Three-Day Course: Tuesday - Thursday, January 22-24
Located at SUNY Cobleskill
$250 fee includes materials and 0.7 Continuing Education Units

This class is designed to practice the techniques needed to successfully artificially inseminate cattle. Training on all artificial insemination techniques will be carried out on live animals.

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Basic Fiber Certificate: Sorting, Grading, Classing

Basic: Friday, February 1st 8:30am-5pm
Located at Heart & Soul Alpacas and Spinnery
$150 fee includes materials and 0.8 Continuing Education Units

Basic Fiber Sorting and Grading is a day-long workshop. The goal for the Basic Course is to have natural fiber producers gain the knowledge to return to their farm and organize their fiber for production. Management, harvesting and sorting are the building blocks for the workshop with hands-on time to gain experience. 

Participants will receive a Basic Fiber Certificate for completing the class.

Advanced Fiber Certificate: Sorting and Grading

Advanced: Saturday, February 2nd to Monday, February 4th 8:30 am-5pm
Located at Heart & Soul Alpacas and Spinnery
$475 fee includes materials and 2.4 Continuing Education Units

Advanced Fiber Sorting and Grading is a three-day, hands-on course for 2.4 CEUs. It is geared to those individuals who want more in-depth education and/or are interested in developing a business sorting for other fiber bearing livestock owners or fiber purchasers. This advanced class is for participants who have already completed the Basic Fiber class (whether on Feb 1 or a previous class date).

Participants will receive an Advanced Fiber Certificate for completing the class.

Register Now for a Fiber Workshop

There is a three step process towards earning the official certification in Fiber Sorting, Grading, Classing. Learn more about the three-part program >>



If you have any questions, please contact Deb Pernat at
518-255-5528 or pernatdg@cobleskill.edu

Office Hours:

Monday-Friday 8:00am - 4:15pm
Closed 12-1pm daily