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


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