New Zealand Certificate in Apiculture (Level 3)

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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.

This is a full-time course four days/week (Mon-Thu) - includes placement and work experience days.

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

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Full time


1 semester

Start Dates

Kaikohe: 2 Nov 2020
15 Feb 2021

Cost Incl. GST (Approx):

Domestic: Fees free

International: Programme not open to international students

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