While beekeeping is a practical activity, the more you know about it, the more enjoyable it becomes, and the better results you will get from your hobby, whether this is obtaining honey, or keeping strong healthy colonies of bees.

The British Beekeeping Association has recognised this and provides British beekeepers with two routes to obtaining educationally recognised qualifications.

 1) If you are academically inclined you may want to consider studying for the 7 Modular exams.

These modules cover all aspects of beekeeping from the management of colonies, bee biology and behaviour and disease through to more specialized aspects like queen rearing and breeding which are covered in some depth.

2) If you prefer a more practically based approach you could consider taking the General Husbandry Certificate leading on to the Advanced Husbandry Certificate.

To undertake these qualifications you need to have kept bees for at least 5 years and to have your Basic Assessment Certificate.

To obtain the General Husbandry Certificate you will need to demonstrate to a high level your beekeeping skills, your approach to honey production and queen rearing in your own apiary. You are assessed on site by two experienced beekeepers appointed by BBKA.

Details of this qualification can be found on the BBKA website.

Once you have obtained both the Advanced Theory Cetificate and the Advanced Husbandry Certificate you are now a Master Beekeeper.
The next stage (if you still have the energy! ) is to take the National Diploma in Beekeeping.


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  • Asian hornet confirmed in the Ascot area of Berkshire
    08 October 2021
    A beekeeper in the Ascot area of Berkshire filmed live insects near a hive, photographed a dead Vespa velutina and reported the sighting using the using the ‘Asian hornet Watch' app.

    Further information regarding the Asian hornet can be found on our Asian hornet page of BeeBase and on Defra's news page. Please direct all media enquiries to the Defra Press Office: 0330 0416560
  • Implementation Plan Published
    04 October 2021
    A new implementation plan has been published which sets out how Defra and the Welsh Government will work together with stakeholders to deliver the Healthy Bees Plan 2030 to improve honey bee health and husbandry in England & Wales.

    More than fifty actions have been developed in partnership with industry and stakeholders for beekeepers, bee farmers, bee associations and government to work on together, to protect honey bees from a variety of pests, diseases and environmental threats over the next 10 years.

    Healthy Bees Plan 2030 Implementation 

    Healthy Bees Plan 2030 Implementation - Welsh Version


  • Seasonal Bee Inspector (SBI) vacancy
    23 September 2021
    The National Bee Unit currently has a Seasonal Bee Inspector (SBI) vacancy advertised in:

    •  East England: Norfolk.
    •  North West England: West Yorkshire.
    •  North East Wales: Flintshire, Denbighshire & Wrexham.
    •  Mid-South Wales: Swansea, Neath Port Talbot, Rhondda Cynon Taf, Merthyr Tydfil.

    If you are interested in applying for these jobs, full details can be found on Civil Service Jobs 


    If you have any questions regarding the position, please contact the Regional Bee Inspector for the area.