This programme is designed to provide graduates with the skills and knowledge required to carry out apiculture operations in apiculture environments. Learners will gain industry relevant skills and can apply these skills under limited supervision. Skills include use of apiculture equipment, lifecycles of bees, disease management, roles of plants in beekeeping, constructing and establishing beehives, swarm management, beehive products, transportation of hives, feeding bees, honey harvesting and extraction and safe chemical handling. Students will also make their own hive and they will own it at the end of the programme
||Plants for Bees and their Roles
||Lifecycle and Behaviour of Bees
||Swarming and Swarm Management
||Constructing and Repairing Beehives
||Bee Nutrition and Feeding
||Establishing Hives in New Sites
||Carry out Honey Harvesting
|Beehive Pests and Diseases
||American Foulbrood (AFB)
||Safe Chemical Use in Beekeeping
||Pests and Diseases of Honeybees
|Beehive Disease Management
||Requeen a Beehive
||Beehive Disease Management Plan
Graduates of this programme will be able to:
- maintain, manipulate and operate beehives to produce quality
- assist to transport beehives and bee products, and establish hives in new sites
- apply knowledge of pest and disease control methods to carry out beehive disease management plan.
This qualification is an entry point for apiculture training and may lead onto the New Zealand Certificate in Apiculture (Level 4) [Ref: 2224], or the New Zealand Certificate in Apiculture (Level 4) (Queen Bee Rearing) [Ref: 2225].
A graduate of this certificate can work as an assistant beekeeper for a commercial operator
Duration of Study
21 weeks full time or 40 weeks part time
Applicants should demonstrate an ability to succeed in tertiary study, shown by the completion of any of the following qualifications or courses of study:
- Step 3 Reading and Step 4 Numeracy on the Literacy and Numeracy for Adults Assessment Tool (LNAAT)
Hives: As LBT has hives across the county and students will have access to these hives while attending the programme.
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 5.5 or above (or equivalent) for enrolment.
Life Skills/Work Experience
Applicants who do not meet the academic entry criteria above may be admitted to the programme/course of study if they are able to demonstrate:
- Equivalent apiculture knowledge and skills; (minimum of 2 years)
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.
The following will be required for you to successfully complete this programme however they do not all need to be bought at the start (your tutor will talk to you about what items will be needed when):
|Complete Bee Suit (standard basic suit)
|Full Depth Box x1
|Galvanized Lid x1
|Frame Feeder x1
|Hive Mat x1
|Kitset Frames x10
|Wax Foundation x12
|Practical Bee Keeping Book
|LEVY (The rate of levy for 2021 is $40 ($46 including GST) per beekeeper and $1.70 ($1.87 including GST) per bee colony owned by each beekeeper as at 31 March 2022.) https://afb.org.nz/levy-payments/
Applicants will require to cover the cost of Programme Fees and Course Related Cost of beekeeping equipment. At the end of the programme graduates can use this equipment to manage their own hive. Applicants can request a copy of the programme Fees and Course Related Cost at any time and this information is also in the Student Handbook. The equipment listed above is required to be purchased or supplied by the student to complete the programme. The approximate values indicated are approximate and for reference only (as prices will vary depending on who and where you purchase the equipment from and all prices will continually change with inflation).