About this course

Want to know more about Native bees? This one-day course takes you into the fascinating world of these amazing and diverse insects. Solitary bee? Stingless bee? Learn some of the differences, which can be kept, and how to care for them.

The course aims to develop knowledge and skills in:
  • The difference between Solitary and Social bees
  • Basic bee anatomy and different nest structures
  • What Native bees do and how to care for them
  • Where to get Native stingless bees.

At a glance:

Location: Paterson campus
Course duration: 1 full day
Start date: No dates available
Number of units: Non-accredited
Indicative fees: $280 GST incl.
Accredited Course: No


  • Knowledge of the difference between Solitary and Social bees
  • Knowledge of basic biology/anatomy of Native bees
  • Ability to recognise different nest structures
  • Awareness of some Pests & Diseases of Native bees
  • How to obtain and/or split a colony of Native stingless bees.

$280 GST incl.

This course is delivered by experienced Melliponists. The course is designed to inform and enable those who want to gain or increase their knowledge and skills. The emphasis will be on how to obtain, keep and reproduce (“split”) a colony of Native stingless bees.

The NSW AgGuide “Australian Native Bees” is included in the total course fee of $250.00.

The course is a mix of theory presented by Melliponists via PowerPoint, discussion and resources. Practical aspects include opening a Native stingless bee box, tasting of “Sugar Bag” (Native stingless bee “honey”) and comparing different box types.

There are no entry requirements.

This one-day course is non-accredited.

Following the one-day course, an optional online component will be offered to those with a Native bee colony. If you successfully complete both the one-day face to face and the online component, you will attain the Unit of Competency from AHCNRM301 – Establish an Australian native stingless bee colony.

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