Helping people to discover the fascinating world of sustainable beekeeping and quality bee products, UCOL is now in its second year of offering the New Zealand Certificate in Apiculture. Students learn how to install, track and maintain beehives as well as gain the skills and knowledge needed to work safely and productively in a beekeeping environment.
Taught by industry professionals, students learn through a mix of practical learning in real environments, online resources and self-directed time. Students gain a qualification alongside the knowledge, skills and practice to perform optimally in this sustainable primary industry.
In the five month, full-time programme students are also given the opportunity to complete the American Foul Brood (AFB) Recognition Course and Exam, which is an initial compliance component for individuals to meet industry requirements specific to the Disease Elimination Conformity Agreement (DECA). Graduates are able to work as an assistant beekeeper for a commercial operator or as an independent beekeeper, and job prospects are high!
Apiarists interested in taking on UCOL students for work placements can contact UCOL on 0800 GO UCOL (0800 468 265).