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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  • BeeBase Email Outage
    18 August 2022
    During the period Midday 12th August to Midday 17th August, some automated emails from BeeBase will not have been sent. 

    Therefore, if you did not receive an email when expected please re-submit your request. 

    Some systems affected included:
    • Password reset emails
    • Username reminders

    All emails are now being processed as normal
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  • Advice Note - Wasps
    12 August 2022
    Many beekeepers are reporting the presence of large numbers of wasps in apiaries and around their bee hives. Please refer to the National Bee Unit factsheet on how to manage wasps: Wasp facts.

    Mae llawer o wenynwyr yn cofnodi presenoldeb nifer enfawr o wenyn meirch mewn gwenynfeydd ac o amgylch eu cychod gwenyn. Cyfeiriwch at daflen ffeithiau yr Uned Wenyn Genedlaethol ar sut i ddelio â gwenyn meirch: Ffeithiau gwenyn.


  • Interception of Honey Bee Queens at Dover
    08 August 2022
    The NBU were called to a consignment of queen bees that were being imported through Dover Port without the Health Certificate. This led to action being taken resulting in the Queen bees being humanely destroyed.


    Information on how to legally import honey bee Queens can be found on the imports/ export page at https://www.nationalbeeunit.com/index.cfm?pageId=126