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

Qualification: Certificate
Level: 3
Dates:

2019 Semester 10: 07 October to 11 September

2019 Semester 9: 02 September to 14 August

Duration:

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.

Entomology

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.

Botany

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.

$435.00

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).

English Language Requirements

Applicants, whose first language is not English, or who come from a country where the language of instruction in schools is not English, are required to provide evidence of having achieved one of the following:

NCEA Level 3 with University Entrance, or

an International Baccalaureate Diploma or Cambridge A- level qualification for which the teaching and assessment was conducted in English; or

Cambridge Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (CELTA), or Trinity College London Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (CertTESOL); or

Successful completion of all primary education (being the equivalent of New Zealand primary school years 1 to 8) and at least three years of secondary education (being the equivalent of three years from New Zealand secondary school years 9 to 13) at schools in  either New Zealand, Australia­, Canada, the Republic of Ireland, South Africa, the United Kingdom and the United States one of the countries listed in Rule 18.5 where the student was taught using English as the language of instruction; or

Successful completion of at least five years of secondary education (being the equivalent of New Zealand secondary school years 9 to 13) at schools in either New Zealand, Australia, Canada, the Republic of Ireland, South Africa, the United Kingdom and the United States where the student was taught using English as the language of instruction; or

Successful completion of a Bachelor ‘s Degree, Graduate Certificate, Graduate Diploma, Bachelor Honours degree, Postgraduate Certificate, Postgraduate Diploma, Masters’ Degree or Doctoral Degree, the language of instruction of which must be in English and which must be  from a tertiary education provider from New Zealand, Australia, Canada, the Republic of Ireland, South Africa, the United Kingdom or the United States or

Successful completion of one of the following internationally recognised proficiency tests listed below to the level required of the programme of study and with all scores achieved in a single test during the two years preceding the proposed date of enrolment.

Certificate at Level 3

  • IELTS test - General or Academic score of 5 with no band score lower than 5
  • TOEFL Paper based test (pBT) - Score of 500 (with an essay score of 4 TWE)
  • TOEFL Internet based test (iBT) - Score of 35 (with a writing score of 14)
  • Cambridge English Examination – B2 First or B2 First for schools with a score of 154. No less than 154 in each skill.
  • OET - Minimum of Grade C or 200 in all sub-tests
  • NZCEL - a) Expiring Level   b) Current: Level 3 (General) or (Workplace) b) Level 3 (General)
  • Pearson Test of English (Academic) – PTE (Academic) score of 36 with no band score lower than 36
  • Language Cert - B1 Achiever IESOL (LRWS) with PASS and no less than PASS in each skill
  • Trinity ISE - ISE I with no less than distinction in any band

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