About this course

Looking to increase your hive numbers, manage swarm behaviour, and boost honey production? This two-day course at Tocal will help you do just that, as well as prepare strong healthy hives for pollination services and queen bee rearing.

The course aims to develop knowledge and skills in:
  • re-queening colonies
  • manipulating honey bee brood for particular purposes.

At a glance:

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


  • Understand the principles and practice of brood manipulation
  • Understand biosecurity issues involved when moving bees
  • Knowledge of bee behaviour
  • Bee handling techniques
  • Awareness of different types and purposes of brood manipulation to achieve a desired result
  • Understand principles, practices and conditions required for re-queening a colony
  • Understand queen bee behaviour, brood pattern and factors that may affect brood production
  • Awareness of criteria for selecting a new queen bee
  • Understand how to remove an unwanted queen bee
  • Knowledge and methods for storage and introduction of a new queen bee

$720 GST-free

Day 1

  • Castes of bees, bee development, hive box configurations
  • Spring timing, Honey bee nutrition, conditions
  • Equipment needed, risks to colony, biosecurity
  • Inspection and manipulation process
  • Ways to find a queen bee
  • Types of brood manipulation with a view to swarm management

Day 2

  • Monitoring hives after manipulations
  • Queen health and replacement
  • Colour coding
  • Obtaining and caring for new queen
  • Timing for replacement and removal of queen
  • Introducing new queen
  • Monitoring colony after new queen installed
  • Swarms
  • Creating an artificial swarm
  • Hiving a swarm
  • Assessment and evaluation

  • Participants will receive a copy of PowerPoint presentation slides.
  • This course is delivered using indoor and outdoor instruction which includes working with live bees.

There are no entry requirements for this course.

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

  • AHCBEK302 Manipulate Honey bee brood
  • AHCBEK303 Re-queen a Honey bee colony.

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