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Learn how to become a beekeeper

In order to learn the craft of beekeeping by way of introduction, the best way is to find a branch near to your home which will run an 'introductory course to beekeeping' or taster days throughout the year.

Please see here to find your most local branch

Examinations and Assessments

As part of our charitable aims we raise the standards of beekeeping practices through a series of courses and exams
We have a long and well established exam course which is constantly being developed to keep up with new research in the field of beekeeping. Our exams start with a Basic covering basic skills and knowledge of the craft all the way up to becoming a Master Beekeeper.

Please log into the Members Area and select Examinations and Assessments for more information

Correspondence Courses

Further study for the BBKA examinations can be very satisfying but for some people, attending day or evening classes is not convenient. Correspondence courses are a form of distance learning enabling you to study beekeeping while working at your own pace. An arrangement will be made with a qualified tutor for you to send written answers to set questions that are designed to take you step by step through the syllabus.
These courses cover the Basic Certificate (12 question papers) as well as the seven modules (5 question papers each) that form the route to the Intermediate Theory Certificate and then onto the Advanced Theory certificate. There is also a course which covers the learning for the oral aspect of the Microscopy assessment.

Please click here for more information about Correspondence courses
This is in the members area so you will need to have registered and be logged in.

The BBKA have lots of resources available to help you learn about bees in the BBKA shop.

Buy The BBKA Guide to beekeeping