New Zealand Certificate in Apiculture (Level 3)

Dargaville, Kaitaia, Kerikeri, Whangarei
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The Targeted Training and Apprenticeship Fund (TTAF; also known as free trades training) supports learners to undertake vocational education and training without fees. 

Note: The TTAF covers fees until 31 December 2022. For courses continuing/starting after 1 January 2023, partial or full fees may apply.

About this programme

The lucrative and rapidly expanding apiculture industry wants more Kiwis to become beekeepers. Demand for pollination services also continues to increase with NZ’s primary industry dependent on the pollination of fruit and crops for its survival. If you have ever wanted to have your own beehive or want to work in the apiculture industry then this programme is for you.

What you will learn

Courses Level Credits
AP301000 - Beekeeping Fundamentals 3 15
AP301001 - Manipulating Hives 3 20
AP301002 - Beehive Disease Management Planning 3 15
AP301003 - Beehive Disease Management Control 3 15

Graduates of this qualification will be able to:

  • Maintain, manipulate and operate beehives to produce quality products and pollination services

  • Assist to transport beehives and bee products, and establish hives in new sites

  • Carry out a beehive disease management plan.

Entry Requirements

All applicants must:

  • be at least 16 years old at the time the programme commences

  • be able to read, write and communicate in English at a basic level

  • be physically able to complete the programme-specific outcomes.

Qualification gained

New Zealand Certificate in Apiculture (Level 3)

Courses and programmes may be cancelled, postponed or have their content or configuration changed from time to time (including during the academic year) at the discretion of NorthTec. Fees are an indication, include GST and apply to domestic students only. View terms and conditions

From 1 January 2023, all NorthTec learners will be part of Te Pūkenga. Please note that these programmes of study are currently under review as part of the reform of vocational education training and may be subject to change.

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Full time/Part time


1 semester full-time
1 year part-time

Start Dates

Dargaville: February

Can be studied conjoint with NZ Certificate in Horticulture (General) (Level 3)

Kaitaia: 23 Mar 2022 (Part time)
July 2022 (Part time)

KeriKeri: February (Full time)

Whangarei: February (Part time)

Cost Incl. GST (Approx):

2022 Fees: TBC

Student levy may apply

International: Programme not open to international students

Programme Code


Phone 0800 162 100
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