About this course

Is your colony strong enough to take on pollination jobs? How much will you make from pollination? And for the horticulturist, is your farm suited to pollination? How would you know? This one-day course at Tocal is for both beekeepers and horticulturists to make the most of the symbiotic benefits of using bees for large-scale pollination.

The course aims to develop knowledge and skills in:

  • the process of pollination, managing and assessing hives for pollination
  • pricing and formalising a pollination contract
  • monitoring pollination performance of bee colonies
  • individual crop pollination requirements and risks to pollination efficiency
  • pollinators in the crop.

At a glance:

Location: Statewide
Course duration: 1 day
Start date: No dates available
Number of units: 1
Indicative fees: $545 GST-free
Accredited Course: Yes


  • Assess pollination service requirement
  • Price and formalise agreement for pollination services
  • Monitor pollination performance of bee colonies
  • Comply with industry and legislative requirement

The total cost of the course is $545 GST-free which includes all learning resources, morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea.

Participants study the following topics:

  • What is pollination? Flower structures and pollination scenarios
  • What are pollinators? The birds, bees, bats and other insects
  • Bee biology for pollination
  • Commercial pollination logistics
  • Pollination standards: hive grading
  • Individual crop requirements
  • Orchard design to maximise pollination
  • Hive management in the crop
  • Hive assessment & auditing
  • Post-pollination hive management
  • Contracts between beekeeper and grower
  • Pesticides and pollinator impact
  • Protected cropping pollination
  • Honey bee biosecurity
  • Native bees and novel honey bee uses.

  • Each participant receives the Pollination using honey bees Ag guide.
  • This course is delivered using both indoor and outdoor instruction.

There are no entry requirements for this course.

This course has been mapped to the national unit of competency AHCBEK408 Provide bee pollination services.

Additional Information

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