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.

Due to the NSW DPI Emergency Response for Varroa, Tocal College face-to-face beekeeping skills training delivery has been modified.

Our AHC31818 Certificate III in Beekeeping has reopened for expressions of interest with face-to-face training being conducted at the Tamworth Agricultural Institute. Please see the link in our menu to apply. Short courses will be held at various locations around the state, to inquire about a short course in your area please contact

Please see the following links for information and official updates on the unfolding NSW DPI Emergency Response for Varroa Incursion:

We have created a free online course on the Varroa mite. It is available to anyone, and is also a requirement of the NSW Hive Movement Declaration.

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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.

Tocal Beekeepers' Field Day

The 43rd Annual Tocal Beekeepers' Field Day was held on Saturday 15 October 2022 online. The focus last year was the impact of the current Varroa outbreak and emergency response. Past years' recordings are available to view.

Tocal Bee Field Day free online saturday 15 October

Free online course about the Varroa mite

Tocal College has created a free online course to educate beekeepers about the varroa mite during the NSW Emergency Response. The course is a mandatory part of the Hive Movement Declaration for NSW DPI, and also freely available to anyone.

Title screen for varroa mite course, picture of bee with varroa mite on it


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 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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