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.