About this course

Be recognised for your skills with a nationally-recognised qualification. Tocal’s AHC31818 Certificate III in Beekeeping will raise your skill levels in an important agricultural industry.

This qualification is aimed at commercial beekeepers, or beekeepers with multiple hives. There are 18 units of competency in total, which are delivered through a combination of face-to-face training, online training, and workplace assessment. Units include managing swarms, transporting hives, requeening a colony, and WHS processes—full list of units below.

At a glance:

Location: Online or Blended Delivery
Course duration: Maximum of two (2) years
Start date: EOIs open
Number of units: 18
Indicative fees: $7,070 (excluding the NSW government Fee Free Training scheme where eligible)


The qualification consists of 18 units of competency in total, delivered through a combination of face-to-face training, online training and workplace assessment (for trainees only). You can expect to attend 14-16 days of face-to-face training held in 4-day blocks here at Tocal College in Paterson, NSW.

More information is available in the Student Handbook for this course.

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 Certificate III in Beekeeping is currently subsidised by the State Government. The fee payable depends upon eligibility and access to concessions or exemptions. Currently, students can expect to pay:

  • $0 for NSW residents
  • $7,070 full commercial fee for all students not eligible for NSW fee free training.

For more information and to check your eligibility visit https://skills.education.nsw.gov.au/nsw-fee-free/agriculture-forestry-fishing.

Additional Information

Download the Student Handbook for this course here.

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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