More Advanced Training
Beyond the Basic with Practical Assessments
It is possible for beekeepers to learn and demonstrate more advanced practical skills via the BBKA General Husbandry and Advanced Husbandry Assessments.
Learn more about the BBKA Practical Assessments
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
Modules address more advanced theoretical aspects of beekeeping,
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".
Honey Bee Health
This year we held a two day Honey Bee Health course for members who were hoping to take the Honey Bee Health Certificate. These days involved some short study sessions and some practical activities in the apiary: disease inspection; shook swarm,; making a nucleus; bailey frame change etc. The syllabus (https://www.bbka.org.uk/honey-bee-health) covers the important aspects of Bee Health and Disease and is a very positive contribution to beekeeping skills. There was also a focus on the key pests and diseases: foulbrood, nosema and varroa.