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 experience of up to 80 hours is part of the programme. This could include working with another beekeeper, experience on your own hives (if student has hives), or with the UCOL apiary. This component is required for completion of the course for full practical skills experience. You'll need to budget for associated travel costs.
Students will be given the opportunity to complete the American Foulbrood Recognition course and exam, which is an initial compliance component for individuals to meet industry requirements specific to the Disease Elimination Conformity Agreement (DECA).
Your personalised timetable will be available just prior to classes starting, and will comprise:
- at least 15 hours of independent learning time in addition to class time
- 30% of the course is online for further tutorials, course material, independent learning, quizzes and assessments
- practical experience of 80 hours (approximately 4.7 hours per week).
Both the Whanganui and Palmerston North cohorts will have a combined class on Tuesdays in Whanganui for lectures. Palmerston North students will have transportation for class out to Whanganui.
The Palmerston North cohort will have class at the hives in Ashhurst on Wednesdays.
The Whanganui cohort will have class at the hives up the Whanganui river on Thursdays.
Recognition of Prior Learning
Applications for Recognition of Prior Learning, including Cross Credit, Credit Transfer and Assessment of Prior Learning may be made on the
Recognition of Prior Learning Form
where a student believes all learning outcomes for a course have already been met.
It will make the process easier if you prepare the following before you
- National Student Number (NSN) (If you don't have a NSN, you may
request one from NZQA, or you can supply a verified copy of your birth certificate, passport or Whakapapa statement.)
- Evidence of your highest level of academic achievement (and evidence of prior learning, if applicable)
- Evidence that you meet the entry requirements of the programme
- Check if you're eligible for additional support or a
scholarship. If you're 19 years or younger, you may be eligible to enrol in one of
our free Youth Transition programmes.
Note that you will need to provide any verified documents in person, via post or email.
- Practical Beekeeping in New Zealand - Andrew Matheson, Murray Reid (Approximately $60)
- Elimination of American Foulbrood Disease without the Use of Drugs – Mark Goodwin (Approximately $30)
- Control of Varroa - Mark Goodwin (Approximately $30)
Recommended text (optional)
- A Beekeeper's Year - A Practical Guide to Caring for Bees and Beehives - Janet Luke (Approximately $30)
- One full-length beekeeping suit (snug fit) with hood - approximately $172
- One pair of beekeeping gloves – approximately $45
Liquid smoke (from Davis Trading in Palmerston North) - approximately $10