Be a beekeeper

Apiculture is one of New Zealand’s fastest growing industries and there is such high demand for this skill that it is listed on Immigration NZ’s Immediate Skills Shortage List.

Our brand new certificate will enable you to work as an assistant beekeeper for commercial operators, as an independent beekeeper with a small number of beehives or to even develop your own business.



New Zealand Certificate in Apiculture (Level 3)  Fully-funded via TTAF 

Location: Online with block courses in Blenheim, Central Otago, Christchurch, Dunedin, North Auckland, Taranaki, Tauranga, Timaru, South Waiarapa and Wakefield | Start: September | Delivery: Part-time

There is international demand for mānuka honey and other beehive products and, during this programme, you will gain the knowledge, skills and confidence to manage your own beehives and be exposed to commercial apiarists in your local area.


New Zealand Certificate in Apiculture (Queen Bee Rearing) (Level 4) Fully-funded via TTAF

Location: Online with block courses in Central Otago, Christchurch, Dunedin, Hamilton, Kerikeri, Tauranga and Wakefield | Start: September | Delivery: Part-time

Want to gain the skills and knowledge to rear queen bees? Otago Polytechnic is the only tertiary provider who offers this industry-recognised training pathway which will enable you to rear queen bees for a commercial operation or to operate your own queen rearing operation. 


Beekeeping in New Zealand


Learn about beekeeping technology and register as a beekeeper.

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The New Zealand Apprenticeship in Apiculture


Make the very most of every opportunity to develop skills that will help you. The apprenticeship is made up of two programmes, one at level 3 and the other at level 4.


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