Apiculture information for students

Thank you for your interest in the Apiculture programme which is run in Kaitaia for anyone interested in the art and science of bee keeping – and a career in a developing industry.

The Certificate in Apiculture is taught in the North Island and opens up a wide range of career options.

Industry employment pathways include working with Manuka honey; medicinal honey products; and the packing/distribution industry. The Certificate in Apiculture is offered in Northland because it is deemed the centre of the 'Medical Grade Manuka Industry' a growing industry that has yet to reach its full potential.

The certificate programme in Apiculture runs for 37 weeks from May 2017 to March 2018, Monday to Friday 8:30am until 4:30pm with a half day on Friday.  The emphasis is on both theoretical (open book assessments) and practical learning – and the programme involves work experience with commercial beekeepers.

The cost of the programme for 2017 is $3970, plus some student levies. The fee structure is available for viewing on: http://www.telford.ac.nz/Students/Fees/

Accommodation is available in Kaitaia, and some assistance will be given with locating this, but it is each student’s responsibility to source their own accommodation.

Items are required to be purchased by the student prior to attending the course:

  • Pollination Suit (overalls and veil in one) - $140
  • Apiary gloves – $35
  • Steel-capped boots – $130
  • Some stationery

As well as text books:

  • The Hive and Honey Bee – $86.09
  • Control of Varroa: a guide for New Zealand Beekeepers (2nd edition) - $34.03
  • Elimination of American Foulbrood without the use of drugs (2nd edition) - $30.43
  • Queen Bee: Biology, Rearing andBreeding – $40.00

Costs are indicative and these can be purchased from Ecrotek or Ceracel, the books can also be purchased on www.trademe.co.nz.

Lincoln University owns 300 Langstroth bee hives 'a national commercial standard hive' that are utilised to show a full year’s bee hive management, and to teach students how to safely handle bees as well as best practice around manipulation of hives. Students learn skills that can be transferred to many areas of the industry as well as those practical hands-on skills needed to own or operate small to large scale apiculture operations in New Zealand or overseas.

Anyone interested in a career in apiculture is welcome to apply for the full time programme. To date students have ranged from 16 to 68 years old and include people changing career path, brushing up on industry skills, or starting out from school.

For more information contact:
David Stapleton: email David.Stapleton@telford.ac.nz or telephone 027 237 5754.