New Zealand Certificate in Apiculture
NZQA Level 3 (65 Credits)


Learn how to work safely and productively with honeybees. Help secure a long-term sustainable honeybee population and provide safe bee products to your community. Once qualified you will be able to work under limited supervision in a commercial beekeeping operation, or independently in a small-scale operation. This qualification is an entry point for apiculture training. Use it to kick start your career!

  • Locations: Tauranga, Hamilton, Christchurch and Invercargill
  • Next intake: July 2024
  • Study options: 34-weeks, part-time.
  • Delivery Format: training includes 18 face-to-face training days (block-courses) which is run over 2 consecutive days each month for nine months. The remainder of the programme is delivered via distance and online learning.


  • New Zealand Resident or citizen
  • No academic requirements. Open entry
  • Must not have any allergies to bee stings or pollen.

Career opportunities:

Assistant beekeeper for a commercial operator

Independent beekeeper with a small number of beehives

The topics covered are:

  • Hive Construction
  • Hive Management
  • Bee Behaviour
  • Trees for Bees
  • Harvesting
  • Shifting Bees
  • American Foulbrood recognition and destruction course
Mark Amir
Apiculture student
I have been learning about Beekeeping from Daniel Martin and it has been a great experience. He is a very thoughtful teacher who puts a lot of thought into how he presents the material. His lessons were engaging, useful, and he was very patient with everyone in class always encouraging us to try. I would highly recommend Daniel Martin courses to anyone interested in learning about Beekeeping from the Master.

Daniel Martin are one of the few teachers that inspire students like me to always strive to be better at everything I do. I remain ever grateful for your impact.

Thank you, Sir, for being excellent at what you love doing best, teaching! About Bees, your dedication is worth emulating. Thanks, Sir
Francisco Cabrera Ziliani
Apiculture student
I thoroughly enjoyed the course! The tutor support was excellent. Our teacher, Dan, was always there to assist us with any questions we had. He took the time to explain everything in the best possible way.

During the course, I developed various skills. I learned how to identify bee queens, diseases, pollen, nectar, and honey. I also gained knowledge about determining when the brood is ready to be capped out. Additionally, I learned how to build hives, shift bees, and engage in activities like harvesting and identifying diseases.

Of course, there were some challenges along the way, particularly with the language aspect for me. However, overall, the course was fantastic.

I would definitely recommend this course to others. I had a 100% positive experience. The people involved were amazing, and we had the opportunity to visit beautiful places. I learned so much and had an incredible time.