This Introduction to Beekeeping course is designed to provide new beekeepers with both the practical skills and the background knowledge to start beekeeping with confidence.
Day 1 is an all day program with presentations, hands-on equipment and it is highly interactive. Come prepared with any questions you may have. Background instruction incorporates equipment selection and bee biology in addition to details of the Apiary and Biosecurity Codes of Practice.
The following Saturday involves 1-2 hours hands-on skill building exercises at the club apiary, Heidelberg Lower Hall, St John's Anglican Church, 1 Burgundy St, Heidelberg 3084.
Our highly qualified tutors have experience with both conventional Langstroth hives and the new Flow hives as well as top bar hives.
Included in the course fee are a comprehensive handbook and a copy of the textbook The Australian Beekeeping Manual which retails at $50.
The hive session is weather dependent and in the event of completely unsuitable weather, we will schedule an alternative date or dates for the hive inspection.
A certificate of completion will be awarded once the online quiz has been successfully attempted.
No previous experience is required and loan protective equipment is available for the hive session. Lunch, tea and coffee will be provided.
Note: You can register additional participants (eg family members) at a reduced cost - only one copy of the textbook will be provided.
Quotes from RECENT participants
… very well run, very well catered for, very informative and hence very enjoyable.
Great Course, far more valuable than I thought it would be.
Great course and excellent presentations. Realised how much more there is to learn!
So great to connect with so many very knowledgeable people about keeping bees. Thanks for a very well run day.
The course was great. I think once I get started with my own colony I will have many more questions.
Learned so much, awesome presenters, great hands on, food was nice.
Great course, highly recommended to persons that are considering in keeping bees. The course was presented professionally, comprehensive detailed and easy to understand.