Join the Club

Member Login

American Foulbrood Course (DECA)

We strongly recommend obtaining a copy of the book ‘Elimination of American Foulbrood Disease without the Use of Drugs’ and also request attendance is after a period of at least 12 months beekeeping. 

AFB is a brood disease and a 12month period of beekeeping should see the beekeeper noticing what is happening in the brood area. Differential diagnosis is an important part in AFB recognition and comes with experience.

Full Day course teaching on the Detection and Elimination Of American Foulbrood Disease within hive.

This course is the complete training on detection and elimination of American Fouldbrood Disease. Applicants complete a short test at the end of the training.  Those that are successful then receive in the mail a certificate and an agreement with the Pest Management Agency which forms your Disease Elimination Conformity Agreement (DECA)

"A Disease Elimination Conformity Agreement, or DECA, is a formal agreement between you as a beekeeper and the Management Agency. The agreement sets out a 'code of beekeeping practice' to ensure that the incidence of AFB in your hives will reduce to zero over a period of time and remain at that level o­nce achieved." quoted from

Scheduled AFB Recognition Courses

Please refer to our website  below to register for an AFB Recognition Course in your area - register online and make your payment to secure your place.  We have courses running up and down the country throughout the year - check out the nearest course to you.


Auckland / Waikato 2019

Huntly – 5 October – St Johns Hall – 9am

Glenfield – 19 October – Glenfield Memorial Hall – Glenfield – 9am

Hamilton – 16 November – Anglesea Motel – 9am

Any queries regarding these courses, please contact Janette on 



If you are planning on attending an AFB Recognition Course it is strongly recommended that you purchase and study a copy of the book titled "Elimination of American Foulbrood Disease without the Use of Drugs" commonly referred to as the yellow book.  This worthwhile publication can be obtained from:

  • The Bee Club store (open during field days)
  • Your local beekeeping supplier
  • Apiculture New Zealand

                – click here to go to the apinz online store         

                   Cost: $35.00 (plus postage costs $7.50)