New Zealand Certificate in Apiculture & Primary Industry Skills (Level 3)

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About this programme

This full-time conjoint programme includes the New Zealand Certificate in Apiculture (Level 3) and New Zealand Certificate in Primary Industry Skills (Level 2).

If you’ve ever wanted to have your own beehive or work in the beekeeping industry, this programme is for you. New Zealand’s agriculture and horticulture industries are dependent on the pollination of fruit and crops for their survival. You can learn all the skills required for successful apiculture, and combine it with the knowledge to successfully grow the best species of flowering plants to provide pollen for your bees.

What you will learn

Graduates of this qualification will be able to:

  • You’ll learn all the fundamentals of beekeeping, as well as how to manipulate hives and implement disease control measures. You’ll be able to transport hives safely and establish them in new sites.

  • You’ll also learn basic skills in organics, nursery production, and plant propagation, and how to apply these alongside your beekeeping activities.

  • With knowledge of both apiculture and horticulture, you’ll be well placed to run a beekeeping business, or manage your own hives.

Apiculture 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
Primary Industry Courses Level Credits
2284.0001 - Introduction to Primary Industries 2 30
2284.0002 - Safe Work Practices 2 10

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)
New Zealand Certificate in Primary Industry Skills (Level 2)

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 year

Start Dates

Dargaville: 27 May 2019

Cost Incl. GST (Approx):

Domestic: $1,108.05

Student levy may apply


International: Programme not open to international students

Programme Code

NZ2223 & NZ2218

Phone 0800 162 100
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