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Beginners Beekeeping Course

There are no more places in the May Weekend course.

Please book for the May weeknight course or August weekend course


Thinking about getting bees? Got bees? Got all the gear but no bees? ... Then this course is for you!

 

Upcoming courses:

Course Full - Option 1: Weekend beginners Beekeeping Course
One Weekend & Two Monday nights:

Sat 18th & Sun 19th May 2019. 9am to 4pm
Mon Nights 20th & 27th May. 6.30 to 9.30pm

 

Places still available - Option 2: Weeknight beginners Beekeeping Course
Eight Wednesday night sessions:

May 8th, 15th, 22nd, 29th, June 5th, 12th, 19th & 26th. 7-9.00pm.

 

Places open now - Option 3: Weekend beginners Beekeeping Course

One Weekend & Two Monday nights:

Sat 3rd & Sun 4th August 2019. 9.30am to 4.00pm
Mon Nights 5th & 12th August. 7.00 to 9.00pm

 

To buy these courses you must be a club member.  Membership costs $40 per annum.  If you are not yet a member please click the 'Join the Club' button on this page to join us now.

  • The course fee for a club member is $140.  You can start attending field days giving you some practical experience while you wait for the course to start.  Club members, please login to book your course online now.  
  • If, as a club member, you want to bring one other family member (who is not a paid up club member) on the course with you, please buy them an additional family member ticket (also $140) via your member login.  

If you need to cancel your booking the following cancellation policy applies:
  Cancellation more than 2 weeks from course start – refund less $20 administration fee.
  Cancellation less than 2 weeks from course start – NO refund.

Exceptional or extenuating circumstances will be taken into account.

Course Outline

A eight session course covering: History, Biology, Hiveware, Siting a hive, The Law, Products from the hive, Seasonal Management, Bee Diseases + lots, lots more.

Kim Kneijber and Carol Downer are the tutors. They are both passionate about bee keeping and their bees.  They have been beekeeping for over 15 years and manage 30+ hives each. They bring two different and diverse perspectives, which compliment each other very well.
 

“I had had a hive for just over a year but still wasn’t confident about managing my bees, I’d even considered giving them up. This course answered all my questions and gave me the knowledge to become a much more confident beekeeper. I’ve been to ‘evening classes’ before and there has always been a huge number of dropouts but I think this course would have had at least a 90% completion rate. Kim and Carol were brilliant and never boring.”
Sally Petersen, ABC member.

Other topics:

  • History and the Law
  • Basic Costs
  • Stings
  • The Honey Bee
  • Starting with bees
  • Honey Flow
  • Hive Management
  • All about the gear you need

NB: Classes are held at Unitec, Carrington Road, Mt Albert. Participants will be notified of all details closer to the start date.