“Loved the practical aspect of the course which drove home the theory.”

Vanessa Panther - Telford Certificate in Apiculture


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Telford Certificate in Apiculture

Why Study With Telford?

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. Telford is New Zealand’s national training institute for beekeeping.

Beekeeping involves more than just producing honey. 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 Telford can train you to be skilled and highly employable. Telford offers small classes with a hands on training emphasis.

Programme Content

Information for students

Telford is the national training provider for Apiculture.  

Please note: Our full time programme is run from Kaitaia.

Our emphasis is on theoretical and practical learning, which is why part of the course involves work experience with commercial beekeepers.

During the 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 First Aid, Food Safety and basic chainsaw skills, as well as the commercial aspects of the industry such as marketing and administration.

You may wish to study apiculture through Telford’s Correspondence Courses. These courses are ideally suited to the hobbyist beekeeper.

This programme includes:

  • Hive management
  • Hive construction and maintenance
  • Entomology
  • Bee behaviour
  • Apiculture Industry
  • Honey production
  • Business administration and marketing
  • Botany and pollination
  • Bee breeding and rearing
  • Bee diseases

Career Opportunities

Graduates become directly involved in operating, owning or managing small to large scale Apiculture operations in New Zealand and overseas.


Telford Certificate in Apiculture

Unit Standards Towards

  • National Certificate in Apiculture (Level 2)
  • National Certificate in Apiculture (Level 3)


One academic year (37 weeks) starting in May.

Entry Requirements

Applicants must:

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

If English is not your first language you will be required to provide evidence of competency, for example an overall IELTS test score of 5.5 overall band score, with 5.5 for reading and writing, and with no individual component less than 5.0.

Students are encouraged to apply early.


Kaitaia, Northland. In partnership with Te Runanga o Te Rarawa School of Honey Gatherers.

Course Fees

Domestic students

Correspondence Courses

Telford has a wide variety of part-time correspondence courses

Visit us at an expo, or come for a campus tour or enrol in Telford’s Taster Week

For more information please fill out our enquiry form or call us on 0800 TELFORD (0800 835 367)