Introductory Training

beekeeping training at the apiary

Warwick & Leamington Beekeepers (WLBK) offers training at Introductory. Intermediate and Advanced levels, as well as providing workshops such as skep-making, swarm collection  and making use of wax.

WLBK Taster Days

Each Summer, WLKB offers one or more "Taster Days". These provide the opportunity to handle bees (if the delegate wishes), and decide whether beekeeping is for you.  Others attend just for general knowledge and personal satisfaction.
Further information on our Beekeeping Taster Days

WLBK Introduction to Beekeeping Course (ITB)

W&L Beekeepers holds weekend courses in April, covering the major basic theory elements of managing honey bees.  The course enables attendees to enjoy looking after their own beehives safely and competently and is a first step in beekeeping. The course complements hands-on training which is available at most of the branches that course participants may wish to join.  Being a Member of Warwick & Leamington Beekeepers is not a pre-requisite to joining our Introduction to Beekeeping Course.
Further information on our Introduction to Beekeeping Course

WLBK  "Hands on" Practical Beekeeping Training (PBT)

For those wanting to complement theory with practice, our branch will then provide its novice members with a more experienced beekeeper as a mentor,  one evening per week practical training at our training apiary near Kenilworth/Warwick Uni and will give guidance on sourcing equipment and a colony of bees.

Further information on our Practical Beekeeping Training
Your learning curve at both theory and practical levels will have been steep in your first year, and 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.

Having received introductory theoretical and practical training during the first years of beekeeping, the branch then provides a pathway in the following  years towards more advanced training.