For those who would prefer to gain a practical qualification in Beekeeping, this is the route to take. You may also choose to undertake the Assessment after completing BBKA’s Modular study which would be helpful, but not essential.

To qualify for the Assessment you need to have kept bees for at least 5 years and have at least 3 hives and need to be proposed by a Competent Person who is familiar with your beekeeping.

Applications need to be submitted to BBKA by the 28th February in the year you want to be assessed, and the Assessment will take place from May to July in your Apiary by two approved Assessors who are experienced beekeepers .

The Assessment will cover your practical skills in handling bees and also your knowledge of important aspects of beekeeping and bee products, and your record keeping over the previous year.

Information about the Assessment and the Syllabus to cover can be found on the BBKA website.

 

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

  • Module 1 - Honey bee Management
  • Module 2 - Honey bee Products and Forage
  • Module 3 - Honey bee Pests, Diseases and Poisoning
  • Module 4 - Not currently Active
  • Module 5 - Honey bee Biology
  • Module 6 - Honey Bee Behaviour
  • Module 7 Selection & Breeding of Honey bees
  • Module 8 - Honey bee Management, Health and History

If you undertake Modules 1,2, 3 and one other, you are given an ‘Intermediate Theory Certificate’ and when you have completed all 7 you qualify for the ‘Advanced Theory Certificate’.

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.

In order to undertake the modular study you will have to have successfully completed the Basic Assessment. Details of how to undertake this can be found under ‘Training’ on this website.

Exams take place in mid March and November every year and applications and fees need to be sent to the local Warwickshire Exam Secretary, or the BBKA head office at Stoneleigh at least 6 weeks before the exam date ie at the beginning of February and October.

Details of the syllabus and reading lists can be found on the BBKA website.

Forming a Study Group to work together on a module can be helpful as a way of sharing and discussing difficulties and exploring things you are unsure of. In Rugby we have used the distance learning correspondence courses provided by BBKA as the basis for structuring the study group, but you can use this form of study on your own. If you form a study group Warwickshire will refund half the cost of the correspondence course. The correspondence course will supplement your modular study but does not cover all aspects of the syllabus.

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  • LAST CHANCE: to answer our survey on how training and information sources for beekeepers and bee farmers can be improved
    20 April 2021
    With thanks to those of you who have already responded. For those of who haven’t yet had chance to answer the survey there is still time but it closes tomorrow. For further details please see below.

    Gyda diolch i'r rhai ohonoch sydd eisoes wedi ymateb. I'r rhai nad ydynt wedi cael cyfle eto i ateb yr arolwg mae amser o hyd ond mae'n cau yfory. Am fanylion pellach gweler isod.

    Defra and the Welsh Government want to ensure that beekeepers and bee farmers have access to training and information that can help them implement effective biosecurity and maintain good standards of husbandry, so as to minimise pest and disease risks and improve the sustainability of honeybee populations.

    A short questionnaire is available for current beekeepers, people who have recently stopped keeping bees as well as bee farmers to give their views and opinions on the type, accessibility and range of training and information available and how it could be improved. It should take no more than 15 minutes.

    Please go to https://eu5se.voxco.com/S2/87/healthy_bees/ to complete the survey by 21 April.

    Defnyddiwch y ddolen hon i gwblhau'r arolwg erbyn 21/04/2021.
  • Seasonal Bee Inspector (SBI) Vacancies
    19 April 2021
    The National Bee Unit currently has a number of Seasonal Bee Inspector (SBI) vacancies advertised in the following areas South Kent & East Sussex, South West Devon and South East Wales

    If you are interested in applying for the job, full details can be found on Civil Service Jobs.


  • Reporting Varroa
    12 April 2021
    Amendments to the Bee Diseases and Pests Control (England) Order 2006, the Bees Diseases and Pest Control (Scotland) Order 2007 and the Bee Diseases and Pests Control (Wales) Order 2006 come into force on the 21st of April 2021 requiring all beekeepers and/or officials in GB to report the presence of Varroa in any of the hives that they manage. This amendment will allow Great Britain to comply with the Animal Health Law which is necessary for future working relationships with the European Union.

    To make this simple, a tick box will be introduced to BeeBase, the voluntary register for beekeepers managed by the National Bee Unit. This will be the easiest way to report Varroa but an alternative mechanism will be provided for those who do not wish to register on the BeeBase system. Details of this alternative system will be provided after 21st April. If Scottish Beekeepers wish to, they can report varroa by contacting the Scottish Bee Health Inspectors (BeesMailbox@gov.scot).

    Although Varroa is known to be widespread, it continues to be one of the most serious pests faced by beekeepers. Reporting Varroa will contribute to the overall pest and disease surveillance work of the National Bee Unit and the Scottish Bee Health Inspectorate. We are grateful for your assistance with this new simple measure.

    No action will be required until after 21st April.