Our training

Due to the CV19 epidemic we will not be able to train any more new beekeepers until 2022. Applications will commence winter 2021.

Our training course takes a practical approach with the aim of providing a good grounding in day-to-day apiary management and confidence in handling honeybees.  To take our full course you first need to undertake ABKA's two spring introductory sessions (see Learn with Us).  

Course participants will receive a copy of our workbook and be partnered with a 'Bee Buddy' (one of our experienced beekeepers). The first beekeeping season is spent gaining practical, hands-on experience in the buddy's apiary.  In the following year, we support new beekeepers to get their own bees and run three further training modules.

We do not recommend anyone to get their own bees in year 1.  Our programme develops the skills and confidence you need before you choose a location and invest in the equipment to set up your own apiary in the spring of Year 2.

Course fee £130 which includes

  • Bee buddy sessions (at least six)

  • A copy of the ABKA training workbook

  • Three training modules in Year 2

  • One year’s full membership of ABKA – this runs from the autumn so covers the first season keeping your own bees.  ABKA membership also includes public liability insurance, bee product and disease insurance.

  • By default, membership of British Beekeepers’ Association (BBKA) providing further information and a monthly copy of the magazine BBKA News

Email our Education Officer to register your interest in our next course.

Year 2 training modules

Safety during inspections and identifying anaphylaxis, how to make up frames, disease recognition, treatment and prevention.

Module 1
Module 2

How to prepare for getting your own bees and your priorities for your first full season and swarming.

Module 3

How to prepare your bees for winter, common and exotic pests, robbing and the storage of equipment