Our Queen Bee Rearing programme is designed to give you the tools you need to rear queen bees either for a commercial operation or grow your own queen-rearing business, this programme will teach you to not only work independently with queens but also how to supervise others.
Bees are of vital importance for the wider New Zealand community due to their pollination activities which benefits parks, gardens, and food crops. Providing a supply of healthy and high quality queen bees further supports the industry by creating genetic diversity replenishing existing stocks, and providing new stock for hives.
||Biology and Behaviour of Bees
||Bee Genetics and Breeding
||Queen Rearing Management Plan
||Queen Bee Rearing Equipment
||Fundamentals of Bee Breeding
||Bee Nutrition and Feeding
||Disease and Pest Control
Graduates of this programme will be able to:
- Prepare a seasonal queen bee rearing management plan.
- Implement a seasonal queen bee rearing management plan.
- Manage compliance and pest and disease risk throughout the queen bee rearing process.
- Maintain records of queen bee breeding, queen bee production, and distribution to clients.
- Analyse seasonal queen bee rearing and pest and disease management plans and recommend improvements.
On completion of the Queen Bee Rearing programme, students can build on the New Zealand Certificate in Apiculture (Level 4) or other small business management qualifications.
Graduates of this qualification will be able to work in the apiculture industry as specialists in rearing queen bees, or as commercial beekeepers supplying their own hives or other beekeeper’s hives with queen bees.
Duration of Study
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:
- Attained NCEA L1 or equivalent
Hives: LBT has hives across the county – 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:
- Minimum of 1 year within the apiculture industry
All applicants are to complete and apply Form before the required date. Where there are more applicants than places available, entry to the programme will be in order of receipt of application.