About this course

For experienced bee breeders and researchers, this two-day course will help raise your skill level both in collecting semen and artificially inseminating queen bees.

The course aims to develop knowledge and skills in:
  • practicing good hygiene and technique with artificial insemination equipment
  • collecting honey bee semen
  • artificially inseminating queen bees
  • basic bee breeding programs (closed population).

At a glance:

Location: Paterson campus
Course duration: 2 days
Start date: Multiple intakes
Number of units: 1
Indicative fees: $1,090 GST-free


  • Practice good hygiene and technique with artificial insemination equipment
  • Collect honey bee semen
  • Artificially inseminate queen bees
  • Understand basic bee breeding

The course fee is $1,090 GST-free, which includes all learning resources.

Day 1

  • Introduction
  • Breeding program theory
  • Insemination video: Part 1
  • Workspace hygiene and mixing saline solution
  • Artificial insemination instrument setup
  • Drone eversion and hygiene requirements
  • Honey bee semen collection and troubleshooting
  • Queen insemination
  • Workplace cleanup and storage

Day 2

  • Workplace setup
  • Insemination video: Part 2
  • Honey bee semen collection
  • Queen insemination, marking, caging
  • Semen collection and insemination troubleshooting
  • Post-insemination queen care
  • Nucleus colony management
  • Insemination instrument cleanup and storage

There are no entry requirements for this course.

This course has been mapped to the national unit of competency AHCBEK402 Perform queen bee artificial insemination.

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