Course Outlines

Beginning Beekeeping

  • History of beekeeping
  • Different types of bees – females, males and queens
  • The life of a bee colony through the year
  • Parts of a beehive
  • What clothing and equipment do I need?
  • Looking after bees in your hive
  • What to do during Spring and Summer
  • What to do during Autumn and Winter
  • Extracting Honey
  • Where to get your first bees
  • Pests and diseases of the honey bee
  • Legal requirements
  • Hive Inspection (subject to weather conditions on the day)
  • A practical booklet will be provided to course participants

The beginners course has been developed from and is based upon the basic core and elective units of VET Beekeeping Certificate III.


Participants who plan to take part in opening and inspecting a hive will need to provide their own protective clothing. This should include either a protective overall/jacket and suitable gloves. A pair of thick long socks should also be included and closed footwear should be worn.

The course is held with a minimum number of participants. If this number is not reached within one week of the start of the course you will be invited to attend the next course.

In poor weather we may not be able to open and inspect a hive. If this occurs you will be given the opportunity to postpone this activity.

The cost for the day will be $220

Includes morning and afternoon tea – BYO lunch.

People attending the advanced beekeeping course can purchase The Australian Beekeeping Manual at the reduced price of $39.

Dates for the course are listed here.

Beekeeping – a taster

  • Why keep bees?
  • Who keeps bees?
  • The life cycle of bees
  • Parts of the hive
  • Locating the hive
  • Inspecting the hive
  • Harvesting honey
  • Children and bees
  • Animals and bees
  • Where do I get bees from?
  • Pests & diseases
  • The rules
  • Questions

The taster lasts about two and a half hours and will provide participants with the information necessary to decide if beekeeping is a hobby that they would like to take up.

There will not be any practical work involving live bees or opening a hive for an inspection.

The taster is managed by Edendale Farm and people interested in attending should visit the farm’s web page for enrollment details.

For Edendale Community Environmental Farm Web page click here here.