Apiculture (Level 3)2022-04-28T18:45:15+12:00

Project Description

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

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Course Code Course Name
Beekeeping Environment
LBTBP3 Plants for Bees and their Roles
LBTLB3 Lifecycle and Behaviour of Bees
LBTWB3 Wintering Beehives
LBTSC3 Swarming and Swarm Management
LBRHP3 Beehive Products
LBTBF3 Basic Fencing
Beekeeping Tasks
LBTAE3 Apiculture Equipment
LBTCR3 Constructing and Repairing Beehives
LBTFB3 Bee Nutrition and Feeding
LBTEB3 Establishing Hives in New Sites
LBTEH3 Extraction Process
LBTPT3 Transport Beehives
LBTHH3 Carry out Honey Harvesting
Beehive Pests and Diseases
LBTAB3 American Foulbrood (AFB)
LBTCH3 Safe Chemical Use in Beekeeping
LBTPD3 Pests and Diseases of Honeybees
Beehive Disease Management
LBTRQ3 Requeen a Beehive
LBTDM3 Beehive Disease Management Plan
LBTVM3 Varroa Destructor

Outcome Statement

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.

Education Pathways

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].

Employment Pathways

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

Entry Criteria

Academic Achievement

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)

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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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):

Item Approximate Value
Complete Bee Suit (standard basic suit) $170.00
Gloves (standard) $40.00
Hive Tool $15.00
Nucleus Hive $250.00
Varroa Treatments $20.00
Smoker $40.00
Levy $30.00
Full Depth Box x1 $22.00
Galvanized Lid x1 $21.80
Frame Feeder x1 $11.00
Hive Mat x1 $11.40
Base x1 $21.00
Kitset Frames x10 $19.00
Wax Foundation x12 $18.00
Practical Bee Keeping Book $52.17
Varroa Book $35.00
AFB Book $35.00
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/ $46.00 minimum
Approximate Total $827.00

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).

Apiculture (Level 3) FAQs

What is this course about?2021-06-23T12:19:50+12:00
  • This is a 65 credit NZQA course teaching you how to be an assistant beekeeper or to run hives of your own.
  • You will achieve your NZQA Level 3 in Apiculture. Upon graduation of this course, you will be a confident, capable assistant beekeeper for commercial operations or as an independent beekeeper with a small number of beehives.
  • 19 modules – from Apiculture equipment to extraction to wintering down.
Who can do this course?2021-06-23T12:20:46+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.
  • The minimum age is 16.
  • If you are still attending school, you will require a letter from your school allowing you to do this course.
  • Call us on ‘0508 TRAIN ME’ if you have any other questions about enrolments and eligibility.
How long does the part time course run for?2021-06-23T12:21:15+12:00

It runs for 20 workshops over a 40-week period, the beekeeping calendar (approximately August to end of May).

How long is a workshop for the part time course?2021-06-23T12:47:08+12:00

Each workshop runs for 8 hours. Around 5 hours of theory and 3 hours of Practical work in the hives.

Do I have other hours of work that are required between the workshops?2021-06-23T12:46:58+12:00

You have additional ‘Self Directed Learning’ hours required to complete assessments, assignments and practical hours in yours/other’s beehives. These hours must be documented in a Hive Diary.

How much does the course cost?2022-05-13T09:54:04+12:00
  • The course is currently ‘fees free’ so you have no fees.
  • There are course related costs though. You can find more on these in the Course Related Costs section above.
  • You will require a laptop or tablet to study this program.
Can I miss any workshops?2021-06-23T12:34:52+12:00
  • You cannot miss any more that three workshops over the duration of the course, you will fall behind and miss out on vital information.
  • Let your tutor know if you are unable to attend a workshop and they can help you out.
What do I get as part of the course?2022-04-22T10:33:47+12:00
  • Practical book to be completed throughout but you can keep on completion
  • Supplementary guide with the key information you need to complete the course
  • Access to our online learning platform (Canvas)
  • Disease Recognition Test paid for
  • Lots of Knowledge!!!
How will the course benefit me in the workforce?2022-04-21T12:15:43+12:00

By the end of this course you will have completed the National Certificate in Apiculture (Level 3) which is an NZQA recognized qualification. This is the foundation of beekeeping and is sought after in the Apiculture Commercial Sector. If you have this certification, you have a much higher chance of being employed by Apiculture Companies.

Where are the Level 3 Courses held?2021-06-23T12:36:32+12:00

There are over 16 locations in the North Island and Christchurch and Nelson in the South Island. Call us on 0508 TRAIN ME and find out if there is one near you!

How often are the part time workshops held and are they held on long weeks/holidays?2021-06-23T12:38:53+12:00
  • The workshops are held one day a fortnight, full 8-hour day (mainly weekends).
  • We do not have the workshops on long weekends unless organized with the tutor and students.
  • There may be a couple of back-to-back weekend workshops if required (season pending).

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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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