Vocational Pathway – Apiculture (Level 2)

Vocational Pathway – Apiculture (Level 2)2023-10-02T16:31:31+12:00

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

Course CodeCourse Name
VPAP2.01Feed Bees
VPAP2.02Open and Close Beehives
VPAP2.03Understanding of Honey Bees
VPAP2.04Plant Trees or Shrubs
VPAP2.05Managing Bee Behaviour
VPAP2.06Pollination by Bees
VPAP2.07Beekeeping Equipment
VPAP2.09Health and Safety
VPAP2.10Hazards in Rural Workplace
VPAP2.11Locate Hazards in Rural Workplace
VPAP2.12Write to Communicate
VPAP2.13Read Text
VPAP2.14Spoken Interactions
VPAP2.15Number to Solve Problems
VPAP2.16Statistical Information
VPAP2.17Measurement to Solve Problems
VPAP2.18LUV (Light Utility Vehicle)
VPAP2.19LUV (Drive Light Utility Vehicle)
VPAP2.20Control Weeds

Outcome Statement

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.

Entry Criteria

Applicants Must:

  • 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.

Selection Criteria

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.

Vocational Pathway – Apiculture (Level 2) FAQs

What is this course about?2023-07-04T11:40:52+12:00
  • This is an 80 credit, Vocational Pathway course, which give you an introduction into the apiculture sector. 
  • You will gain your Level 2 NCEA certificate with a vocational pathway in Apiculture. Upon graduation, you will have an understanding of various parts of Apiculture that will assist you in other courses, or to get a job within the Apiculture sector. 
  • You will complete modules, from learning how to feed bees, to using farm vehicles, and communication skills. 
Who can do this course?2023-11-27T12:21:16+12:00
  • You must be a NZ or Australian citizen or have NZ residency. You cannot do this course if you are here on a work visa. 
  • Be aged 16-year-old or older (15½ with MOE Exemption) 
  • Meet the relevant funding pool requirements – TEC Youth Guarantee 
  • Call us on ‘0508 TRAIN ME’ if you have any other questions about enrolments and eligibility. 
How will the course benefit me in the workforce?2023-07-04T11:42:59+12:00
  • By the end of this course, you will have completed a Vocational Pathway in Primary Industries (Apiculture). This is an NZQA accredited programme and will allow you to go further into your Apiculture career. 
  • This course will give you a practical introduction to apiculture and give you the skills and correct information needed to for entering the Apiculture sector. You will also gain your level 200 Numeracy and Literacy Qualification, which is looked for by any employer.  
How long does this course run for?2023-07-04T09:37:34+12:00

This course runs for 26 weeks, full time only. 

How is this course structured?2023-07-04T11:41:52+12:00
  • This course is only available full-time. Course runs 4 days a week, with 1 day being available for catch up. 
  • This is a paper and practical based course. Learning will be partially assessed on paper-based theory work, and partially assessed by practical based assessments. 
How much does the course cost?2023-07-04T09:43:15+12:00
  • This course is Fees Free! No cost required when you meet the relevant funding pool requirements. 
  • You will have access to LBT equipment, gear and resources needed for this course. 
What qualifications do I need to apply?2023-07-04T09:33:44+12:00

You don’t need any qualifications to apply! This is an entry level course and will help build you up to do higher level courses. 

Where is this course held?2023-07-04T11:44:16+12:00

This course is currently held in Palmerston North, with more locations to come. Call us on ‘0508 TRAIN ME’ to register your interest or find the closest course to you. 

Learn more by enquiring today…

I got my level 3 Dairy Farming through Land Based Training. It was so cool. I met nice people and the tutor is awesome. I class them all as the naki whanau

Pip Davis

Yeah the best course around to be honest. Learnt so much!

Brandon Te Kahu

I’m a level 2 Horticulture student and the tutors are so awesome and supportive. The other students are cool, we are a fun bunch. I have learnt so much in a short amount of time.

Kelly Wheatley

Awesome course, learning heaps & loving it! Free knowledge, a priceless gift I will always be grateful for.

Meredith Everett

Contact Info

191 St Hill Street Whanganui, 4500

Phone: 0508 TRAIN ME

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