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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:


One Saturday & Two Monday nights:
Saturday - 9.30 am to 4 pm
30th & 31st July
Monday Nights - 7 to 9 pm
1st and 8th August
Wednesday Nights - 8 weeks
Monday Nights - 7 am to 9 pm
1st, 8th, 15th& 22nd June
6th, 13th, 20th, 27th July

Note - there is a break for the National conference June 29th. 


  • 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.

All bookings are made subject to the understanding and condition that, as a result of Covid-19 restrictions, part or all of the course may need to be delivered as a Zoom virtual meeting. Course attendees should have the ability to participate in Zoom meetings, and no refunds will be made due to a change in how we deliver the course.

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.