NZ Certificate in Apiculture Level 4

Study with us and learn how to work safely and productively with honeybees.

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NZ Certificate in Apiculture
NZQA Level 4 (60 Credits)
This programme is intended for people working in the apiculture industry who want to learn the knowledge and skills to manage a viable apiculture business. It is for people who are single-source, comb, or medical grade manuka honey producers; pollination service providers; or self-marketing producers.

  • Locations: Tauranga, Hamilton, Christchurch and Invercargill
  • Next intake: July 2024
  • Study options: 34-weeks, part-time.
  • Delivery Format: training includes 3 visits from our tutor. 90% of the programme is delivered via distance.
  • New Zealand Resident or citizen
  • Must not have any allergies to bee stings or pollen.
  • Have completed NZ Certificate in Apiculture Level 3
  • Employed in the commercial beekeeping industry or owning beehives as an individual.
Career opportunities:
Graduates are expected to have completed an industry-approved American Foulbrood recognition and destruction course. Graduates of this certificate can work as an independent beekeeper or as a supervisor or leading hands in a commercial beekeeping operation.

The topics covered are:
  • Implement and monitor a seasonal beehive management plan.
  • Implement and monitor a beehive nutritional management plan.
  • Describe the nutritional requirements of bees and feeding regimes for bees in different seasonal conditions.
  • Describe flowering plants and their role in beekeeping.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the role of bees in an arable crop, orchard and pasture pollination
  • Implement and monitor a bee disease management plan and recommend changes.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of significant exotic bees, bee diseases, disorders, pests and bee management practices
  • Describe honey and honey production, and the production processes for beehive products.
  • Implement and monitor food safety procedures in an apiculture operation.
  • Analyse beehive management and pest and disease management plans and recommend improvements.
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.