Project Description

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

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Course Code Course Name
VPAP2.01 Feed Bees
VPAP2.02 Open and Close Beehives
VPAP2.03 Understanding of Honey Bees
VPAP2.04 Plant Trees or Shrubs
VPAP2.05 Managing Bee Behaviour
VPAP2.06 Pollination by Bees
VPAP2.07 Beekeeping Equipment
VPAP2.08 Weather
VPAP2.09 Health and Safety
VPAP2.10 Hazards in Rural Workplace
VPAP2.11 Locate Hazards in Rural Workplace
VPAP2.12 Write to Communicate
VPAP2.13 Read Text
VPAP2.14 Spoken Interactions
VPAP2.15 Number to Solve Problems
VPAP2.16 Statistical Information
VPAP2.17 Measurement to Solve Problems
VPAP2.18 LUV (Light Utility Vehicle)
VPAP2.19 LUV (Drive Light Utility Vehicle)
VPAP2.20 Control 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.

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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