About this course

Can you treat it, or will it kill your colony? This two-day course at Tocal will help you manage the major pests and diseases of the hive, and promote awareness of exotic threats to the industry.

The course aims to develop knowledge and skills in:
  • identifying the suitable PPE required and WHS risks
  • assessing the health and condition of brood
  • assessing the health and condition of adult bees
  • identifying the climatic factors that predispose honey bees to the various pests and diseases
  • identifying the appropriate samples to assist in the identification of the pest or disease
  • identifying the necessary actions to reduce the impact of pests and disease of honey bees.

At a glance:

Location: Statewide
Course duration: 2 days
Start date: Multiple intakes
Number of units: 2
Indicative fees: $590 GST-free

Details

  • Identify the suitable PPE required and WHS risks
  • Assess the health and condition of brood
  • Assess the health and condition of adult bees
  • Identify the climatic factors that predispose honey bees to the various pests and diseases
  • Identify the appropriate samples to assist in the identification of the pest or disease
  • Identify the necessary actions to reduce the impact of pests and disease of honey bees

$590 GST-free

Participants will study the following topics:

  • Seasonal cycle of honey bee colonies
  • Why pest and diseases are important
  • What is disease, and what causes disease
  • Different pathogens and transmission methods
  • Four main brood diseases
  • Opening a hive and inspecting for brood disease (practical)
  • Collecting samples for diagnosis (practical)
  • Adult bee diseases
  • Hive pests
  • Non-infectious disorders
  • Exotic pests and disease
  • Surveillance programs for exotics
  • Exotic incursion responses
  • Management strategies for disease prevention.

  • Participants will receive course notes and a copy of the AgGuide Healthy Bees.
  • This course is delivered using both indoor and outdoor instruction.
  • This course is also delivered online.

There are no entry requirements for this course.

This course has been mapped to the following national units of competency:

  • AHCBEK306 Manage pests and disease within a honey bee colony
  • FDFOP2013A Apply sampling procedures.


Additional Information

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