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Beekeepers can now achieve nationally recognised qualifications, with units of competency developed by the industry to reflect the beekeeping sector.

Beekeeping Training Workshops

Each workshop is aligned to outcomes from the nationally recognised qualification 'Certificate III in beekeeping' and can be completed as stand-alone programs with successful participants being awarded a nationally recognised 'Statement of attainment'. Or complete the required workshops to build into the full 'Certificate III in Beekeeping'

Workshops may be subject to minimum numbers.

  • Workshop 1

    covers routine beekeeping activities; working safely around and with bees; process of using a bee smoker, keeping it alight and functioning while carrying out bee husbandry tasks and monitoring the effects of smoke on bees; applying knowledge of food safety regulations when handling frames and honey.

  • Workshop 2

    covers the process of opening and reassembling a beehive in order to carry out routine bee husbandry and related tasks; assess weather conditions and nectar availability; minimise risk of robbing and hive stress.

  • Workshop 3

    covers the process of constructing and repairing beehives. Checking that materials present no risk of contamination to environment or apiculture products; marking beehives; selection and use of appropriate tools; timber treatments approved for beehives.

  • Workshop 4

    covers the process of collecting bee swarms and relocating swarms safely; managing the swarming behaviour of honey bees.

  • Workshop 5

    covers the process of manipulating a honey bee brood; determining when and how honey bee brood should be manipulated to achieve desired result.

  • Workshop 6

    covers the process of requeening a honey bee colony with a replacement queen; identifying the need to requeen; selection of replacement queen bee; placement in hive; monitoring activity of new queen bee and threat of competition.

  • Workshop 7

    covers the process of removing a honey crop from a hive. Determining ripeness of nectar honey; removing bees and frames/combs from hive; handling frames/combs filled with honey so that they are not contaminated with dust, dirt or water. Work in accordance with Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) policies and procedures and maintaining the health and safety of all people in the workplace.

  • Workshop 8

    covers the process of extracting honey and operating honey extraction equipment safely to extract honey fit for human consumption; correct honey storage; honey sampling; quality assurance and food safety requirements.

  • Workshop 9

    covers the process of inspecting a honey bee colony for indicators of disease or evidence of pests that may affect brood or adult honey bees; taking appropriate follow-up action to ensure colony is maintained in healthy and productive condition.

  • Workshop 10

    covers the selection and establishment of an apiary site; identify flora and assess its productivity including its potential for pollen and nectar flow; communication with land owners/managers; determine site selection criteria to meet the nutritional requirements of colony.

  • Workshop 11

    covers rearing queen bees and selection of breeding stock; grafting larvae of suitable age; assess and maintain nutrition and health of larvae and drones; maintain records.

Non-Accredited Workshops

General Information workshop for the community

  • Workshop 12 - Getting Started

    Why are bees important; what equipment do I need; where do I get my bees from; pests and diseases; laws and regulations; how do I get more information ? beekeeper training programs and beekeeping clubs

  • Workshop 13 - In the hive

    Hive components; bee behaviour; bee communication ? the bee dance; life cycle of the bee; what do you need to maintain a healthy hive; feeding bees

General Information Workshop for Beekeepers

  • Workshop 14 - Bee security for the future Impacts of Varroa and the Australian honey

    Identification ? mite cycle, reporting; living with Varroa; management ? what do we do; Varroa resistant bees; effects to industry; Biosecurity Code of Practice

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