Course Overview

Interested in bee keeping? Want to join a growth industry that is dynamic and rewarding?

New Zealand horticulture depends on bees for pollination so you'll be playing a vital role in the industry. You could learn your trade right here with this course.

You'll learn all about hive management, bee behaviour, disease control and safe working strategies. And you get the chance to practise, because the success or failure of any hive is based on the decisions you make as a bee keeper.

So you're set with all the bells and whistles, we'll kit you with the equipment, tools and resources to undertake and successfully complete the course. You'll have your own beehive, bee suit, smoker and hive tools, along with valuable resource material about beekeeping in New Zealand. Not to mention the tasty honey you'll harvest as part of your practical learning.

Become a registered bee keeper and play a part in New Zealand's booming horticulture industry. You will also ensure Kiwis continue to enjoy awesome natural honey for breakfast.

Upon successfully completing the requirements you'll receive the award of:

  • New Zealand Certificate in Apiculture (Level 3)
Locations Rotorua, Tauranga
Next intake To be confirmed View more details
Study options

1 year part-time

Total credits 65
StudyLink assistance Available
Indicative Fees $1,200 for domestic students View full fees information
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Career opportunities

  • Assistant Beekeeper for a commercial operator
  • Independent Beekeeper with a small number of beehives

Topics you'll cover

  • PRMY.3101: Lifecycles, Behaviour and Products
  • PRMY.3102: Bee Transportation, Site Selection and Nutrition
  • PRMY.3103 :Beehive Maintenance, Feeding and Harvesting
  • PRMY.3104: Principles of Beehive Health
  • PRMY.3105: Beehive Pest and Disease Control

Course Fees

Indicative Fees * $1,200 for domestic students

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Student Loans and Allowances

This course meets the requirements for student loan applications through StudyLink.

  • A student loan helps to pay for your course fees (the compulsory fees), study materials e.g. books, equipment, and living costs. You'll have to pay this money back.

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Course Entry Information

Entry criteria

Standard Entry Criteria

Admission, entry, selection, and enrolment into programmes will be in accordance with the Academic Regulations and/or, where approved, specific programme regulations.

For courses at levels 1-3, domestic and international students will be required to:

Provide evidence of ability to complete academic requirements.

Other Considerations

You must be physically capable of completing the practical aspects of the course.

English language requirements

Level 3 certificate IELTS General or Academic score of 5 with no band score lower than 5 or completed New Zealand Certificate in English Language Level 3 with an endorsement of either General, Workplace or Academic, or meets a relevant English Proficiency Outcome as outlined by NZQA.

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Course Locations and Intake Information

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Study options

  • 1 year part-time

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