Telford Certificate in Apiculture Knowledge (Level 3) - Telford Distance

Qualification: Certificate
Level: 3

2019 Semester 10: 07 October to 11 September

2019 Semester 8: 05 August to 31 July

2019 Semester 9: 02 September to 14 August


One year, part-time

Location: Telford Distance
Credits: 60

This programme will improve a student's knowledge about apiculture and beekeeping.

This course is perfect for those who work or want to advance in the beekeeping industry; beekeeping hobbyists; want a certificate that verifies beekeeping knowledge and skills; or those that want to study part-time while working.

Students will learn: 

  • Beekeeping history, legislation, operations and safety 
  • Honey bee classification, races of bees, anatomy and physiology 
  • Protective equipment, hive smoker and beestings 
  • Bee behaviour 
  • Hive manipulations 
  • Introductory queen bee rearing 
  • Effect of agricultural chemicals on honey bees 
  • Transporting beehives 
  • Honey removal and processing 
  • Marketing in the apiculture industry 
  • Business administration for beekeepers 
  • Hazard identification and control procedures in the agriculture industry 
  • Beehive, and beehive frame assembly and repair 
  • Disease in the bee colony 
  • NZ beekeeping industry and career and training opportunities 
  • Physical characteristics of bees and their behaviour 
  • Endemic and exotic bee diseases, disorders, pests and conditions 
  • Plants and their role in beekeeping 
  • Role of bees in pollination 
  • Production of beehive products 
  • Varroa Mite and its control in the beekeeping industry 
  • American Foulbrood and its control in the beekeeping industry 
  • Basic personal health and safety strategies.

This programme is delivered part-time by Telford Distance via SIT2LRN Distance Learning Online.

New Zealand Beekeeping

New Zealand's apiculture history and industry sector.

  • The evolution of beekeeping
  • Career opportunities in the beekeeping industry
  • The legislative constraints on the beekeeping industry
  • Establishing an apiary.


Different classifications, races, physiology, development and behaviour of bees.

  • Classification of honey bees
  • Physiology and anatomy of bees
  • Behaviour and development of bees.

Bee Behaviour

Bee behaviour and how it contributes to hive activity and honey production.

  • Division of labour with a colony
  • Ways in which bees communicate
  • Drifting - what it is and how it occurs.

Health and Safety

Basic personal health and safety strategies.

  • Health and safety - rights and responsibilities, hazards and risk, first aid strategies.

Beekeeping Equipment

Beehive and frame assembly and repair, beekeeping equipment and safety.

  • Safety when working with hives
  • Parts and use of a smoker
  • Process for dealing with bee stings
  • Beehive construction and repair.

Hive Manipulations

Learn why and how a hive is manipulated for stocking, feeding and extraction, and capability equipment and processes involved during hive manipulations.

  • Setting up and maintaining a hive through the seasons
  • Nutritional needs of the hive and the process of feeding
  • Queen bees in the hive.


The relationship and role of flowers in beekeeping.

  • Parts of flowers and the process of flowering
  • Relationship between flowering plants and bees
  • Influence of weather, seasons, and soil on flowering patterns and honey flow.

Pollination and Hive Management

The role of bees in pollination.

  • Pollination of orchards and pastures
  • Management of bees for pollination purposes
  • Process of transporting bees and beehives.

Pests and Diseases

Identifying pests and diseases that impact the health in a bee colony.

  • The diseases, disorders and pests that impact on the health of a colony
  • The management of an infected apiary
  • Varroa mite – life cycle, history, symptoms and treatment
  • American Foul Brood – life cycle, history, symptoms and treatment.

Agricultural Chemicals

Advantages and disadvantages of agrichemicals as they relate to beekeeping.

  • The impact of pesticides in the beekeeping industry
  • The use of agrichemicals in the beekeeping industry.

Honey Processing

Production of honey

  • Removal of honey from the hive
  • The honey house.

Alternative Hive Products

Hive products other than honey.

Queen Bee Rearing

Queen bee rearing and introduction into the hive.

  • Introduction of queens to the hive
  • Queen bee rearing and breeding.

Marketing in the Apiculture Industry

Marketing processes and options in the apiculture industry.

  • Marketing of honey
  • Quality control for beekeepers.

Business Administration

Basic business administration for beekeepers.

  • Record keeping, apiary cash flow and budgeting
  • Taxation that affects bee-keeping business
  • Legal requirements for an employment agreement.


The qualification is designed for individuals who are hobbyists or who want to work in the beekeeping industry.

Applicants must:

  • Be aged 16 years or overHave a current student visa (if you are an international student).
  • If English is not your first language, you must demonstrate that you have reached a satisfactory standard in one of the two accepted English language tests:
  1. TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) – you must achieve 61 iBT, 500 paper, Essay rating (TWE) 
  2. 4IELTS (International English Language Testing System) – you must achieve an overall band score of 5.5.