This is an entry level programme for students with an interest in the beekeeping and agricultural industry. The programme is aimed at teaching basic bee-farming knowledge and skills to students with little or no experience in agriculture, so they can be successfully employed as junior employees in the apiculture/beekeeping and agricultural industries, and can proceed to higher levels of education within these industries
||Open and Close Beehives
||Understanding of Honey Bees
||Plant Trees or Shrubs
||Managing Bee Behaviour
||Pollination by Bees
||Health and Safety
||Hazards in Rural Workplace
||Locate Hazards in Rural Workplace
||Write to Communicate
||Number to Solve Problems
||Measurement to Solve Problems
||LUV (Light Utility Vehicle)
||LUV (Drive Light Utility Vehicle)
On completion of this programme, students will have knowledge and strategies for identifying future employment pathways, have the necessary basic knowledge and skills for working safely in regards to the beekeeping industry, in a rural workplace, and in the use of LUVs.
Students will also be able to gain their NCEA Level 2
Students will be able to apply progress to higher levels of learning such as those listed below.
- Ref: 2223 – New Zealand Certificate in Apiculture (Level 3)
- Ref: 2224 – New Zealand Certificate in Apiculture (Level 4)
- Ref: 2225 – New Zealand Certificate in Apiculture (Level 4) (Queen Bee Rearing)
This programme runs for 26 weeks.
- 16 years of age and above at the time of commencing study or 15 with a school leaving certificate.
- Meet the relevant funding pool requirements for TEC
- An interest in beekeeping, agriculture and working outdoors
English Second Language Students
Applicants whose first language is not English, or who come from a country where the language of instruction in schools or other teaching institutions is not English, require an ELTS (International English Language Testing System) score of 5 or above (or equivalent) for enrolment. Tertiary Education Commission eligibility criteria may apply, please contact Land Based Training on 0508 872 466 for further information
Life Skills/Work Experience
Applicants must have a desire to work in the Apiculture industry.
All applicants will be required to meet with the tutor or field officer of the programme they are applying for prior to starting – this will be an informal conversation which will include covering the programme expectations and getting a better understanding of suitability for the programme. Where there are more applicants than places available or the programme is not the best fit, a waiting list will be kept or our team will work with you to provide a suitable alternative. On completion of this conversation the tutor will assist with filling in the full application form to move into the next part of the enrolment process.