2021 Courses

Online Course

Following on from the very successful course run for some 10 years, we plan to run our course again in January and February. This time it will necessarily be an online course, but there will be a practical part if suitable arrangements can be made. If you are interested in keeping bees or know someone who is and are unsure of how to get started this is the perfect introduction.

Details in the 2021 course brochure: download.

For more information about the course and how to make bookings: beginners-course@rbka.org.uk.

RBKA Education: Beyond the Introductory Course

If you are looking to extend your beekeeping knowledge and extend your beekeeping skills then the following may be of interest. If you want to know more about any of the following or join a training group then contact Jenny Morgan RBKA Education Officer educationrbka@gmail.com


Once you have your bees you can ask to have a mentor to enable you to have some support with your beekeeping.

Club Apiary

During the beekeeping season there are regular meetings at the club apiary. Sign up to the RBKA members Facebook group to keep informed of dates and times.

Junior Certificate

Under 18 and want to test your beekeeping knowledge? Then this could be the one for you

The Junior certificate consists of 4 elements

  • 10 minutes of oral questions

  • A short written paper

  • Making a frame

  • Present your beekeeping diary

Basic Assessment

If you have been beekeeping for over a year then you can join our Basic Assessment group. The Basic Assessment is the first step on the BBKA qualifications ladder. It is a practical assessment of your ability to conduct hive inspections and your knowledge of bees their behaviour, life cycle, swarming and diseases. You need to have passed your Basic Assessment to be able to take any further BBKA qualifications.

As an association we encourage everyone to have their Basic Assessment Certificate as it indicates a basic level of competence to keep bees. Many organisations are asking for those keeping bees on public land or wishing to demonstrate live bees at an event to have this basic qualification.

Contact Jenny Morgan RBKA Education Officer educationrbka@gmail.com to join the training.

If you have your Basic Assessment then there are several qualifications you can take:

BBKA Modular Examinations

There are seven examinations covering different aspects of beekeeping. Each module has a detailed syllabus and an hour and a half exam is set on the topics in the syllabus. You will have to do extended reading and make sure you have an understanding of the depth of knowledge required to answer the questions. The exams take place in March and November each year. Details can be found on the BBKA website.

All attending the study group are expected to attend regularly and contribute as this has proved to be a successful method of preparing for the examinations. Contact Jenny Morgan RBKA Education Officer educationrbka@gmail.com to join study group.

BBKA General Husbandry

If you are considering taking your General Husbandry then make sure you sign up for the BBKA training events advertised in the BBKA News and on the website. Start your own queen rearing and keep detailed records of your beekeeping. A detailed knowledge of all aspects of beekeeping as well practical manipulations at your apiary and a visit to your extraction and bottling area are a part of the assessment.

Attend the Spring Convention, The National Honey Show and as many talks, practical demonstrations as possible to increase your knowledge of beekeeping. Study the syllabus carefully it takes about two years to prepare for the assessment.

BBKA Bee Diseases Certificate

You need a detailed knowledge of disease vectors and pathogens, manipulations conducted to minimise infection, disease legislation. You will be expected to conduct specified manipulations as well as answer questions. This exam takes place at an apiary other than yours. Contact Jenny Morgan RBKA Education Officer educationrbka@gmail.comto join training group.

If you have any questions about training or improving your beekeeping knowledge contact Jenny Morgan RBKA Education Officer educationrbka@gmail.com.

Locally there have been other courses worth watching for next year :

Wisborough Green Division - West Sussex Beekeepers Association

Berkshire College of Agriculture

Black Horse Apiaries

Further Beekeeping Reading and Useful websites

The following are a few of the many sources of information you may find helpful

Beekeeping Websites


National Bee Unit

National Honey Show

Norfolk Bees u-tube

Schools: Bee Talks and Beekeeping

If you want a beekeeper to come into school and talk about bees and beekeeping or to help you set up beekeeping in school contact Jenny Morgan RBKA Education Officer educationrbka@gmail.com


Honeybee  Inside Out                   Celia Davis

Honeybee Out and About            Celia Davis

Honeybee Biology                               Winston

Haynes Manual Beekeeping         Claire Waring

Bees and Honey                              Ted Hooper