All across the world, people are realising the role bees play in getting food onto our tables. Australia is the 4th biggest exporter of honey in the world, and a growing fascination with bees among the wider community has made beekeeping an increasingly popular hobby. Tocal has industry-standard publications for beekeepers, and industry-led practical training to take that knowledge into the field.

Our trainers

Tocal College trainers are passionate about helping beekeepers at all levels to grow in their knowledge of bees and improve their beekeeping practice for healthier bees and better quality honey and hive products. From checking your hives for pests and diseases, to re-queening your hives for beneficial behaviours, learn the skills you need from experienced trainers with years in the industry.

Getting started

If you are new to beekeeping, start with our book Bee AgSkills, or do a 2-day Beginning in Bees course to get helpful hands-on training.

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Varroa mite

Varroa mite (Varroa destructor) was detected in sentinel hives at the Port of Newcastle in June 2022 during routine surveillance by NSW Department of Primary Industries (NSW DPI). Since its detection Varroa has been declared endemic in NSW, and the state is now in an official 12-month transition to management.

This free introductory course has been developed to provide a brief overview of surveillance methods, calculation of mite loads and possible treatment options.

This short online course will build your confidence in:

  • Varroa surveillance
  • Monitoring for arrival
  • Monitoring mite loads for management/treatment
  • Integrated pest management

Find the online Varroa Management course here:

Please see the following link for information and official updates on the transition to varroa management:

Tocal Beekeepers' Field Day

The 45th Annual Tocal Beekeepers' Field Day will be held on Saturday 19 October 2024 at Tocal College. You can watch previous year's presentations online!

Tocal Bee Field Day free online saturday 15 October

Free online course about Varroa management

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Tocal College offers nationally accredited beekeeping courses developed and delivered by technical experts in the field of apiculture. Tocal has been offering the Certificate III in beekeeping since 2016 to both newcomers to beekeeping as well as full-time professional beekeepers.

Short courses

Accredited qualifications

Type: Blended delivery Units: 18

AHC31818 Certificate III in Beekeeping

Bee recognised for your skills with a nationally-recognised qualification. Tocal’s AHC31818 Certificate III in Beekeeping will raise your skill levels in a crucial area of Australian agriculture.

Traineeship AHC31818 Certificate III in Beekeeping

Gain a nationally accredited qualification in beekeeping while you work in the Beekeeping Industry. A blend of face-to-face and online learning, Tocal's Beekeeping Traineeship is the qualification to get you recognised.


Quality books for beekeepers are available in print and digital format.

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