Beginner Beekeepers' Course
Between July/August & June/July the following year
What Will I Learn?
The management and manipulation of a colony of honey bees over the period of one year. How to use the equipment needed to undertake the work needed including the smoker, the hive tool and feeding equipment. Also, the maintenance and cleaning of the equipment and hive parts. Assembling the frames, fitting the foundation in the frames and spacing the frames in the brood chamber and supers of the hive. Harvesting and processing honey. The life cycle of the bee bee and swarm prevention and management.
Pests and diseases of the honeybee together with their prevention and treatment. How to avoid and treat stings. Health and safety in the apiary.
The topics will be covered in one to one discussions with your mentor and during monthly meetings and other training events.
Can I sit an Examination?
The aim of the course is to provide both the theoretical knowledge and the practical experience to prepare you to keep and manage your own bees.
In addition it will prepare you to sit the Scottish Beekeepers Association Basic Beekeeping examination - the first step on the SBA examinations system. The oral and practical examination normally takes place in June/July at the association Newbattle teaching apiary.
When Can I Start & What will it Cost?
The 12-month course starts with an induction session in the first week of July or August.
The 2021-22 course is fully subscribed. The next available course will start in July/August 2022.
The course fee for 2021 was £300. (subject to review each year)
There are two payment options:
The fee covers the cost of:
What is Provided?
What is a mentor?
A member who has achieved their Basic Beekeeper Certificate who will support your learning over the one year duration of the course.
Will I always have the same mentor?
As far as possible, yes. On occasion it might be that you will work with a different mentor, for example during holiday periods. There will always be someone to support you.
What happens if I cannot attend to the bee colony for any reason?
As long as you let your mentor know in good time your visit to the apiary can be re-arranged. If the absence is to be for a considerable time your mentor and the apiary manager will arrange for the colony to be managed during your absence.
Need More Information? Contact:
Rosemary Mackay - Secretary