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Beginners Beekeeping Course

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


Upcoming courses:


Weeknight beginners Beekeeping Course

Eight Wednesday night sessions:
June 16th, 30th, July 7th, 14th, 21st, 28th August 4th and 11th - 7.00pm to 9.00pm. 


Weekend beginners Beekeeping Course

One Weekend & Two Monday nights:

Sat 12th & Sun 13th June 2021 - 9.30am to 4.00pm
Mon Nights 12th & 21st June - 7.00pm 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 $160. 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 living in the same household sharing the same email address (for club communications)) please buy them an additional family member ticket, the cost is $160

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.