Beekeeping Course – Level 1

Prerequisite: None. Come to learn about the world of beekeeping and how to keep your own hive!

Course Length: 16 hours + one field day (To be determined based on applicants and Dr.Bee beekeeping team scheduling)

This course is designed for those who wish to learn about the basics of honeybee biology, hive products, and the fundamentals of beekeeping. Suitable for hobbyist beekeepers, backyard growers, or people looking get more involved in the beekeeping industry.

What will I study? Everything that you need to know to start beekeeping as a hobbyist.

Course content covers:

  • bee biology and colony behaviour;
  • hive management (spring, summer and fall management plus overwintering bees);
  • building bee hives and frames, and use of hive equipment ;
  • hive manipulations;
  • removing and extracting honey;
  • pharmacological properties and uses of honey, pollen, propolis and royal jelly;
  • bee nutrition and feeding hives;
  • prevention and control of pests and diseases of bees;
  • marketing hive products;
  • plants and crop pollination
  • beekeeping by-law in B.C.
  • organic beekeeping

What you can expect at the end of Beekeeping Level 1 – Participants will have the option to start to keep a few hives during the course. Upon completion, participants will be able to manage up to 20 hives. A 20 hive operation has the potential to produce over 2000 lbs of honey plus various types of honeybee products.

Participants who complete the course and are interested in furthering their knowledge of beekeeping will be provided with further training and may be offered a part-time / full-time position in the beekeeping industry in the future. Currently there is a high demand for skilled beekeepers in Canada.

Date: June 16 – 17 2018 (Sat and Sun)
Class times: 9:30 am to 5:30 pm
Cost: $215 + Tax

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*Price includes the textbook “Beekeeping in Western Canada”
**Course registration fee is refundable 30 days prior to course date
***Availability limited to 15 people

Contact us for any questions or concerns

Beekeeping Course – Level 2

Prerequisite: beekeepers who completed level 1 or have minimum 2 years beekeeping experience.

Course Length: 8 hours.

This course is suitable for sideline beekeepers.

Course content covers:

  • swarm control and hive splitting;
  • 2 queen system colonies;
  • Queen bee rearing;
  • hive re-Queening;
  • production and processing of hive products (bee venom, pollen, propolis and royal jelly);
  • comb honey production

Date: May 12 2018 (Sat)
Class times: 9:30 am to 5:30 pm
Cost: $99 + Tax

Download the registration form here

*Price includes the course queen grafting tool
**Course registration fee is refundable 30 days prior to course date
***Availability limited to 15 people

Contact us for any questions or concerns

Beekeeping Course – Level 3

Prerequisite: beekeepers have taken level 1 and level 2 or having 5-year beekeeping experience.

Course Length: 10 hours.

This course is suitable for sideline or commercial beekeepers.

Course content covers:

  • Queen Selection and breeding program;
  • certification of your honey house;

Date: June 23 2018 (Sat)
Class times: 9:00 am to 6:00 pm
Cost: $109 + Tax

Download the registration form here

*Course registration fee is refundable 30 days prior to course date
**A minimum of 10 registrations are needed for this course to take place

Contact us for any questions or concerns