Your learning curve at both theory and practical levels will have been steep in your first year rewarded, hopefully, by successfully bringing colonies through their first Winter
British Beekeepers' Association (BBKA) Basic Assessment
Year two will normally involve managing colonies more independently, but with ongoing support as required. In either years two or three, many beekeepers prepare for and take a "Basic Assessment". This is an enjoyable practical/verbal assessment administered by the British Beekeepers' Association to confirm that a minimum standard of competence has been reached for a person to be referred to as a "beekeeper". The branch provides a short refresher course to help in the preparation for the assessment.
Learn more about the BBKA Basic Assessment
Beyond the Basic
Beekeeping embraces a very wide range of topics at a level beyond the "Basic". Finding out about these is supported by a series of BBKA Modules
Whilst modules address more advanced theoretical aspects of beekeeping, it is also possible for beekeepers to learn and demonstrate more advanced practical skills via the BBKA General Husbandry and Advanced Husbandry Assessments
In addition, the branch provides a variety of other training activities and workshops such as skep making, honey processing, swarm collecting and the use of wax for moulding, polishes and cosmetics.
As beekeepers become more experienced and perhaps qualified, those that wish to pass on their knowledge and skills to others and become involved in teaching, examinations and assessments are highly valued.
Ultimately, those with the motivation and capability may pass all their examinations and assessments and are then termed "Master Beekeepers".