Telford Certificate in Apiculture (Level 3)


New Zealand’s primary sector is dependent on healthy pollination of fruit, seed and nut crops for its survival. Beekeeping has an essential role to play in this process and a Certificate in Apiculture can train you to be skilled and highly employable. We offer small classes with a hands-on training emphasis.

Programme content

  • Agricultural chemicals
  • Agrimaintenance
  • Alternative hive products
  • Bee behaviour
  • Beekeeping equipment
  • Botany
  • Business administration
  • Entomology
  • Health and safety
  • Hive manipulations
  • Honey processing
  • Marketing in the apiculture industry
  • New Zealand beekeeping
  • Pests and diseases
  • Pollination and hive management
  • Queen bee rearing.


Career Opportunities
Beekeeping offers many exciting career opportunities, both in New Zealand and abroad, ranging from the hobbyist beekeeper through to ownership of a commercial beekeeping operation, research, or industry consultancy. Graduates become directly involved in operating, owning or managing small to large scale apiculture operations in New Zealand and overseas.

Duration: One academic year

Entry Requirements

To gain entry, applicants must:

  • Be aged 16 years or over
  • Have the academic and physical capability to successfully complete the course
  • Be proficient in English.


What you will study:

The emphasis is on both theoretical and practical learning, which is why part of the course involves work experience with commercial beekeepers. During the 37-week course you will learn about hive management and manipulation, disease identification, queen bee rearing, bee behaviour, pollination, colony behaviour and extracting honey. You will also have the opportunity to learn the commercial aspects of the industry, such as marketing and administration. Please note, the running of this programme in 2017 is subject to approval and enrolment of adequate student numbers