New Zealand Certificate in Primary Industry Skills - Apiculture
Level 2

New Zealand Certificate in Primary Industry Skills (Level 2) - Apiculture

  • NMIT is part of Te Pūkenga

    This means that you will now graduate with a Te Pūkenga qualification. Read more

  • Locations and dates

    No start dates are currently available. Register to be informed when new dates are added.
  • Study options

    Full-time and part-time

  • Total credits

    40

  • Fees

    Zero fees

    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

    NZ2218

Free programme. New programme.

Feel the buzz and kick-start your career in the apiculture industry today by learning a range of work-ready skills.

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Apiculture tutor Dion Mundy stands next to the beehives at the Marlborough Campus.

Ease into the basics of this beekeeping programme, designed for backyard beekeepers or anyone curious about the industry and keen to gain useful general knowledge.

In just six months, you'll learn the basics of beekeeping and build two hives, all in time to extract your honey in February. We'll even supply you with the materials for your first beehive.

By having two hives, you can use one to help support the other if a hive is weakened by disease, limited food sources or other issues. Don't worry, we'll teach you all about hive health too. 

Dion Mundy, apiculture tutor at NMIT in Marlborough, says,

“The programme is designed to be fun, engaging and a great introduction to the world of beekeeping. If you’re interested in beekeeping, then join the Marlborough Beekeeper’s Association(external link), get a mentor and sign up to study." 

You will learn 16 practical apiculture production tasks, including:

  • Safe handling of bees
  • Assessing beehive health and placement
  • Bee biology
  • Opening and closing hives
  • Horticulture and tool maintenance
  • Machinery use around beehives
  • Honey extraction (using campus facilities)
  • The legal requirements for owning bees and producing honey

This is the ideal pathway into the New Zealand Certificate in Apiculture, Level 3(external link), to become an assistant beekeeper and to support you in completing an American Foulbrood (AFB)(external link) course.

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