New Zealand Certificate in Apiculture
Level 3

New Zealand Certificate in Apiculture (Level 3)

  • Locations and dates


    29 August 2022


    29 August 2022
  • Study options


  • Length

    36 weeks part-time, including 3 weeks of study breaks.

  • Total credits


  • Fees

    2022: $3,012 plus $130 Student Services Levy

    Compulsory Student Services Levy applies ($2 per credit).

    Fees listed are for each year of the programme, indicative only and may vary with course selection.

    View course details for individual fees.

  • National qualification code


Free programme. New programme.

The international demand for manuka honey and other beehive products has prompted Apiculture to become one of our fastest-growing primary industries.

This programme is eligible for fees-free under the Targeted Training and Apprenticeships Fund (TTAF). Find full details about the fund here.(external link)
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The impact of this is a shortage of skilled workers and has led the Apiculture industry to be listed on New Zealand’s Immediate Skills Shortage List.  

Graduates of this new programme will be able to work as an assistant beekeeper for commercial operators, as an independent beekeeper with a small number of beehives or even develop their own business.  

Alternatively, you will be able to pathway into Level 4 Apiculture training, either as a Leading Hand or specialising in queen bee rearing.  

During this programme, you will gain the knowledge, skills, and confidence to manage your own beehives throughout a beekeeping season and be exposed to commercial apiarists in your local area. You will also complete an American Foulbrood (AFB) disease recognition course as part of this programme. 

This programme is delivered with blended learning, with two Saturday block courses per month at the Marlborough Campus, and two Sunday block courses at the Richmond Campus. Please see the programme delivery block for more information.








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