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.

 

PROGRAMME

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

Location: Online with block courses in Central Otago, Dunedin, Christchurch, Taranaki, Timaru, Blenheim, Wakefield, Tauranga, North Auckland, Gisborne, North Christchurch*, South Wairapa*, and Whangarei/Kerikeri* | 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) - TTAF funded

Location: Online with block courses in Dunedin, Christchurch, Nelson, Hamilton, Wakefield, Tauranga, Gisborne *and Whangarei* | 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. 

*location subject to final approval

 

Beekeeping in New Zealand

RESOURCES

Learn about beekeeping technology and register as a beekeeper.

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The New Zealand Apprenticeship in Apiculture

RESOURCES

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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