About this course

Due to the NSW DPI Emergency Response for Varroa, all Tocal College face-to-face beekeeping skills training has been postponed until further notice.

This two day course provides beekeepers with the skills to recognise, monitor and manage the impact of pests and diseases on honey bee colonies.

You will develop knowledge and skills in:

  • interpreting the Australian Honey Bee Biosecurity Code of Practice
  • applying biosecurity principles and practices to an apiary site and honey bee colonies
  • identifying and applying the compulsory monitoring and recording requirements of the Code of Practice.

This course is an approved bee pest and disease management course; completion of this course meets the biosecurity training obligations for beekeepers under the Australian Honey Bee Industry Code of Practice.

At a glance:

Location: Statewide
Course duration: 2 days
Start date: No dates available
Number of units: 3
Indicative fees: $720 GST-free
Accredited Course: Yes


  • Identify the suitable PPE required and WHS risks
  • Assess the health and condition of brood
  • Assess the health and condition of adult bees
  • Identify the climatic factors that predispose honey bees to the various pests and diseases
  • Identify the appropriate samples to assist in the identification of the pest or disease
  • Identify the necessary actions to reduce the impact of pests and disease of honey bees
  • Industry development and adoption of the Bee Biosecurity Code of Practice

$720 GST-free

Participants will study the following topics:

  • Seasonal cycle of honey bee colonies
  • Why pest and diseases are important
  • What is disease, and what causes disease
  • Different pathogens and transmission methods
  • Four main brood diseases
  • Opening a hive and inspecting for brood disease (practical)
  • Collecting samples for diagnosis (practical)
  • Adult bee diseases
  • Hive pests
  • Non-infectious disorders
  • Exotic pests and disease
  • Surveillance programs for exotics
  • Exotic incursion responses
  • Management strategies for disease prevention
  • Industry development and adoption of the Bee Biosecurity Code of Practice

  • Participants will receive course notes and a copy of the AgGuide Healthy Bees.
  • This course is delivered using both indoor and outdoor instruction.

There are no entry requirements for this course.

This course has been mapped to the following national units of competency:

  • AHCBEK313 Manage pests and diseases within a honey bee colony
  • AHCBIO305 Apply biosecurity measures
  • FBPOPR2066 Apply sampling procedures.

Additional Information

For information on students rights and responsibilities, and the Tocal College Code of Practice see Industry qualification student policies.

The Honey bee Biosecurity course "meets the Australian Honey Bee Industry Biosecurity Code of Practice; Section 9.2 a) approved pest and disease management course."

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