Discover the fascinating world of sustainable beekeeping and how to become a beekeeper in UCOL's New Zealand Certificate in Apiculture.
Locations: Palmerston North, Whanganui
Duration: 5 months full-time
Dates:Palmerston North24 Jul 2017 - 24 Nov 2017Whanganui24 Jul 2017 - 24 Nov 2017
Domestic Fees:*$2,790.08Scholarship info
* Fees are indicative only, and are inclusive of the student services levy and GST (goods and services tax). Fees for multi-year programmes are for one year of study.
Learn how to start beekeeping by acquiring the skills and knowledge to work safely and productively in a beekeeping environment, and contribute to this sustainable primary industry.
UCOL's New Zealand Certificate in Apiculture is taught by bee keeping industry professionals and delivered via blended delivery and practical learning in real environments.
In addition to gaining skills and knowledge valued by employers, you'll have the opportunity to complete an industry approved American Foulbrood Recognition course.
Graduates of the qualification will be able to perfom the following tasks working as an assistant beekeeper for a commercial operator or as an independent beekeeper with a small number of beehives:
Globe trotter Jake Schultz is the visionary behind UCOL’s urban horticulture and basic beekeeping programmes.
NCEA Level 1 (including 10 Literacy credits and 10 Numeracy credits at Level 1)
Equivalent academic achievement
On a case-by-case basis at the discretion of the Executive Dean
English language proficiencyInternational student applicants whose first language is not English must have an IELTS General or Academic score of 5 with no band score lower than 5 (or equivalent, including TOEFL). IELTS scores used must be taken from a single IELTS Test Report Form (i.e. combining scores from more than one test is not permissible). UCOL is a TOEFL iBT testing centre. The English Proficiency test is accepted for English language entry into all UCOL programmes.
UCOL's New Zealand Certificate in Apiculture (Level 3) comprises 65 credits.
Students need to be aware of possible allergic or anaphylactic reactions that may occur following interaction with bees.
If you have any special needs or requirements, put these in writing and advise the Programme Leader before the course begins.
Learning is a blend of theory, technical skills and practical work experience to help students gain a good mix of essential skills and knowledge in the classroom, on-line and on the land. You'll need access to a computer and Internet to complete on-line learning requirements.
Work experienceWork experience of up to 80 hours is part of the programme. You'll need to budget for associated travel costs.
Additional qualificationStudents will be given the opportunity to complete the American Foul Brood (AFB) Recognition Course and Exam, which is an initial compliance component for individuals to meet industry requirements specific to the Disease Elimination Conformity Agreement (DECA).
Application checklistIt will make the process easier if you prepare the following before you
Note that you will need to provide any verified documents in person, via post or email.
The programme includes the opportunity to complete the American Foulbrood (AFB) Recognition Course and Exam leading to application for Disease Elimination Conformity Agreement (DECA).
The programme is approved by the New Zealand Qualifications Authority under the provisions of the Education Act 1989, and Universal College of Learning (UCOL) Trading as Universal College of Learning (UCOL) is accredited to teach it.