New Zealand Certificate in Apiculture (Level 3)
New Zealand Certificate in Apiculture (Level 3)

New Zealand Certificate in Apiculture (Level 3)

New Zealand Certificate in Apiculture (Level 3)

Study apiculture and develop your beekeeping skills. This course is perfect for those who work or want to advance in the beekeeping industry, hobbyists or those who want a cetificate to verifiy their knowledge and skills.

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Key Details

Part-time over 36 weeks or up to two years

Blended Delivery - Online study with on-campus workshops

Study Modes:
Blended Delivery

2021 Semester 8: 30 August to 22 April


This programme is completely free, including equipment required.

*For Travel and accommodation costs for block courses. Please contact Telford Campus for information on room and board fees if wishing to stay on site.

This programme falls under the Government's Targeted Training and Apprenticeships Fund that will allow you to study at no cost. Accommodation costs still apply.

Get into apiculture with a certification to show your skills, knowledge and ability to work safely and productively in a beekeeping environment.

You will learn to maintain, manipulate and operate beehives to produce quality products and pollination services; assist transportation of beehives and products; establish hives in new sites and carry out beehive disease management plans.

Topics that will be covered:

  • Bees and their habitat
  • Bee Manipulation
  • Requeening 
  • Honeyflow
  • Bee and Hive health
  • Bee Feeding
You will be able to manage your own beehive, enter the apiculture industry or progress in your apiculture career with this qualification.

This course is delivered through Blended Delivery. Blended delivery – online study combined with on-campus workshops. There will be regular workshops in a classroom and at an Apiary and off-site self directed tasks, some of which will need to be conducted at an apiary.

To enrol in this programme you will need to attend a series of weekend workshops at the Telford Campus near Balclutha.

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AP200.1 Describe bee anatomy, bee behaviour and bee habitat

AP301.2 Construct a beehive

AP3.01.1 Describe apicultural equipment and their purpose

HS310.3 Demonstrate knowledge of safe work practices and work safely with bees

AP302.2 Work a hive over a beekeeping season

AP303.3 Swarm control

AP304.1 Demonstrate understanding of seasonal management of an apiary

AP305.1 Shift hives

AP306.2 Requeen a hive

AP309.1 Demonstrate knowledge of honey processing

AP309.2 Carry out manual honey extraction

Complete the 'American Foulbrood (AFB) recognition and destruction' course

AP307.1 Demonstrate knowledge of the main health issues associated with bees in New Zealand

AP307.2 Maintain a health beehive

AP310.1 Describe bee feeding, feeders and types of feed

AP210.2 Feed bees

Could include:

  • Commercial apicultural worker
  • Beekeeper’s assistant
  • Junior beekeeping position
  • Starting up a small apicultural


Face to face delivery at regular workshops in a classroom and at an Apiary with scheduled assessment, directed and self directed tasks between workshops, some of which are also conducted at an apiary.


Students must achieve a pass in each course and attend all workshop sessions to achieve a total of 65 credits as noted in the programme of study and be awarded the New Zealand Certificate in Apiculture (Level 3).

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Block Course workshop dates:


5 & 6 September

3 & 4 October

31st October & 1st November

28 & 29 November


16 & 17 January

13 & 14 February 

13 & 14 March

10 & 11 April

8 & 9 May

  • Practical Beekeeping in New Zealand – Matheson & Reid
  • Elimination of American Foulbrood Disease without the use of Drugs – Goodwin
  • Control of Varroa – A guide for New Zealand Beekeepers – Goodwin & Taylor



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