About this course

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.

The course aims to develop knowledge and skills in:
  • identifying bee life cycles
  • the mechanisms of a bee colony
  • the terminology used in the beekeeping industry
  • identifying beehive component parts
  • managing bee colonies for survival and productivity
  • inspecting and manipulating a bee hive.

At a glance:

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


  • Identify bee life cycles
  • Understand the mechanisms of a bee colony
  • Understand the terminology used in the beekeeping industry
  • Identify beehive component parts
  • Manage bee colonies for survival and productivity
  • Inspect and manipulate a bee hive

The total cost of the course starts at $720 GST-free, depending on location.

Day 1

  • Protective clothing and occupational health and safety
  • Opening a hive, hive components and assembly
  • Bee biology and seasonal management
  • Honey flora
  • Legislation
  • Diseases and pests of bees

Day 2

  • Extracting and storing honey
  • Inspecting hive for disease
  • Honey marketing, food safety and record keeping
  • Purchasing hives
  • Other products from the hive
  • Industry structure
  • Evaluation and close

  • Participants will receive a copy of the publication Bee Agskills and additional course notes.
  • This course is delivered using indoor and outdoor instruction.

There are no entry requirements for this course.

This course is mapped to the following national units of competency:

  • AHCBEK205 Prepare and use a bee smoker
  • AHCBEK203 Open and reassemble a beehive.

Additional Information

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

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