About this course

Be recognised for your skills with a nationally-recognised qualification. Tocal’s Certificate III in Beekeeping will raise your skill levels in an important agricultural industry.

This course enables students to gain nationally accredited training and qualifications in beekeeping, amounting to the AHC31818 Certificate III in Beekeeping.

At a glance:

Location: Paterson campus
Course duration: Maximum of two (2) years
Start date: Two intakes per year
Number of units: 18
Indicative fees: from $1,400


The qualification includes a blend of face-to-face, online modules and workplace assessment, including practical components with hands-on exercises involving bee hives and various beekeeping equipment. The applicant must successfully complete thirteen (13) core units and five (5) elective units.

Possible job roles for this qualification include:

  • Beekeeping
  • Honey Processing
  • Wax processing
  • Hive building
  • Queen bee breeding
  • Bee sales
  • Pollination services.

Due to the demand for this qualification, Tocal College has a staged application and selection process. This is a trade level qualification, and priority will be given to beekeepers currently working in the bee industry, new full-time trainees of commercial beekeepers, and beekeepers seeking to diversify and/or scale up their beekeeping business operations.

For beekeepers not requiring the full qualification but wanting to increase their skills, Tocal College offers accredited industry short course training in bees.

Up to two (2) years.

Assessment methods may include:

  • written reports
  • case studies and scenarios
  • oral presentations
  • quizzes
  • observations
  • interviews.

The principles of assessment will be followed and all assessments will be valid, reliable, flexible and fair and carried out by qualified assessors. Students will be advised of the assessment requirements prior to the assessment taking place.

Support is available via:

  • email and phone – refer to the contact details listed within your course
  • face-to-face mentoring sessions on-campus – you can book an appointment with your trainer
  • Canvas (the online learner management system).

The Smart & Skilled course fee is considered a student contribution to the full cost of training, the difference being subsidised by the State Government. The fee payable depends upon eligibility and access to concessions or exemptions. Currently, students can expect to pay:

  • $1,400 for NSW Smart and Skilled supported first qualification (non-traineeship)
  • $1,690 for NSW Smart and Skilled supported second or further qualification
  • $6,860 full commercial fee for all students not eligible for NSW Smart and Skilled support.

For more information visit the Smart & Skilled website.

Additional Information

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

Student may decide to progress to further study within the College. Tocal also has articulation (credit for study at Tocal) arrangements in place with a number of Australian universities.

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