New Zealand Certificate in Apiculture (Level 3)


Online with block courses in:

  • Akaroa (Rue Jolie) 
  • Ashburton (Brucefield Avenue)
  • Blenheim* (Redwoodtown Community Centre and NMIT campus)
  • Cromwell, Central Otago (Bannockburn Road)
  • Dunedin (Momona Hall)
  • Gisborne (Eastwoodhill Arboretum)
  • Hamilton (Fraser High School)
  • Hokitika
  • New Plymouth, Taranaki (Coastal Taranaki School, Okato)
  • Orewa, North Auckland
  • Ohoka, Rangiora (Mandeville Fire Station)
  • Queenstown (Southern Lakes English College)
  • Springston, Christchurch (Springston Hall)
  • Tauranga (Whataroa Road)
  • Timaru (Timaru Boys High School)
  • Wakefield Nelson* (Willowbank Heritage Centre)
  • Whakatane (Toi Ohomai Campus)
  • Whangarei (Maromaku School)

*To enrol in the Blenheim or Wakefield programmes click here: New Zealand Certificate in Apiculture

Part-time (September to May)

A series of workshops supported by online content, self-directed study and practical work

3 September 2021

Want to learn more about beekeeping? 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. 

Graduates of this new programme will be able to work as an assistant beekeeper for commercial operators, as an independent beekeeper with a small number of beehives or even develop their own business. Alternatively, they will be able to pathway into Level 4 Apiculture training (either as a Leading Hand or specialising in queen bee rearing). 

There is international demand for manuka 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. You will also have the opportunity to complete an American Foulbrood (AFB) disease recognition course as part of this Certificate.