Beginning in bees
Get a basic knowledge of beekeeping in this two-day introductory course run by Tocal College. It’s the ideal start to help you manipulate bee hives, carry out general management, and understand how a bee colony works.
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.
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.
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. To register your interest for a position in the Full Certificate III in Beekeeping, please view the Beekeeping certificate III page here.
The Tocal Beekeepers' Field Day has been running for 41 years. Starting from 9 am on Saturday 17th October, there will be a full program of informative presentations streamed on our YouTube and Facebook pages. Run in collaboration between the NSW Department of Primary Industries, Tocal College, Amateur Beekeepers Association of NSW, Hunter Valley Amateur Beekeepers Association, Hunter Valley Branch of the NSW Apiarists Association and the Wheen Bee Foundation.
This long-awaited publication focuses on the value of Australian plants to nectarivores – honey bees in particular. It is the culmination of 30 years of research by Dr Doug Somerville. Over 500 plants are photographed and described for identification, mapped, and given a star rating for their value to honey bees. ‘Honey and pollen flora of South Eastern Australia’ will be an invaluable tool for beekeepers.
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.
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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