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BBKA

Examinations

Structure from

Junior Certificate to

Master Beekeeper

& NDB

Junior Certificate

For the under 18 age group, this consists of practical tasks like making a frame and presenting a Beekeeping diary.

Basic Certificate

A practical and oral exam testing all the basic things a Beekeeper should know.

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General Certificate in Beekeeping Husbandry

A practical exam for those who prefer hands-on Beekeeping.

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Beekeeping Microscopist

A practical exam covering bee anatomy, bee diseases and pollen slide preparation. Takes approximately 2-2½ hrs

Theory Modules

Seven written exam papers, each 1½ hrs, for those who are prepared to study all aspects of Beekeeping.

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Show Judge

Requires experience of managing and / or stewarding at Honey Shows plus passing the General Husbandry or Theory Modules 1 and 2.

Advanced Certificate in Beekeeping Husbandry

A qualification for those who wish to lecture on Beekeeping and teach the craft to others. It involves practical tasks and discussions on a wide range of Beekeeping topics.

Advanced Theory Certificate

Awarded for passing all seven Theory Modules.

After passing the Basic Certificate there are several routes to learn more about Beekeeping.

Intermediate Theory Certificate

Awarded for passing Theory Modules 1,2,3 and one other.

East Devon Beekeepers
Beginners Course

Designed for novices, we aim to get you started with information, tuition and mentored support.

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Master Beekeeper

This is awarded when you have passed the Advanced Certificate in Beekeeping Husbandry and the Advanced Theory Certificate.

The Master Beekeeper qualification is an appropriate pre-requisite for the
National Diploma in Beekeeping

Basic Certificate

To take the Basic Certificate you should
have managed at least one colony of
bees for a minimum of 12 months.

As a branch we would like to see as many people as possible take their Basic Certificate.  Over the past few years we have had quite a few new members who will now be in a position to study for this assessment but anybody who meets the requirement is encouraged to take this exam.

The Basic Certificate is the starting point and entry requirement for all other examinations and assessments in Beekeeping.  It is a practical test which assesses the basic skills and knowledge of the craft.  To take the Basic Certificate you should have managed at least one colony of bees for a minimum of 12 months.

At first glance the syllabus seems daunting, but closer inspection will show that it merely lists the basic things which all beekeepers should know. The assessment is completely practical/oral and takes place mainly at the hive in a local apiary and lasts for about an hour.

A short training course run by East Devon Beekeepers helps to prepare you for Assessment with the exam in June or July.  If you are interested, please contact either Richard Simpson or John Badley by the end of April.


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General Certificate in Beekeeping Husbandry

Have you been beekeeping for 5 years
and passed your Basic Assessment?
Then this is the next practical step.

This assessment is designed for beekeepers who prefer the practical approach rather than the written examinations.  On the day, your assessment is conducted by two BBKA Assessors and consists of:

  1. inspection of the candidate's apiary, equipment and honey handling equipment.
  2. manipulation of one or more colonies of the candidate's bees.
  3. demonstration of a method of selective queen rearing.

You will need to keep records of your hives for a year as these may be used by the Assessors. Your application form and cheque need to be sent off to the DBKA Examinations Officer by the closing date of 28th February.

More information may be obtained from John Badley or the BBKA website.

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Theory Modules

A chance to test your knowledge
on all aspects of apiculture.

The Modules are written examinations held at a centre in your region with each paper taking 1½hrs. You can take up to 4 modules in each session. There are seven modules to be studied:

Module 1 - Honey bee Management

Module 2 - Honey bee Products and Forage

Module 3 - Honey bee Pests, Diseases and
                 Poisoning

Module 5 - Honey bee Biology

Module 6 - Honey bee Behaviour

Module 7 - Selection & Breeding of Honey bees

Module 8 - Honey bee Management, Health and
                 History

Module 8 must be the last module to be taken, otherwise they can be tackled in any order.

After passing modules 1, 2, 3 and one other from 5, 6 and 7 you are awarded the Intermediate Theory Certificate and after passing all modules you are awarded the Advanced Theory Certificate.

The entry requirements to sit the modules are the Basic Certificate and at least 2 years beekeeping experience.

More information may be obtained from John Badley or the BBKA website.

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Basic syllabus for 2016


Book list


General Beekeeping
Husbandry syllabus for 2016


BBKA Exam Info 2016

Basic Syllabus 2016 pdf Book List pdf General Beekeeping Husbandry British Beekeepers Association

More information at:

BBKA Exam Info 2016

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