New Zealand Certificate in Apiculture (Queen Bee Rearing) (Level 4)


Online with weekend block courses in:

  • Cromwell, Central Otago (Bannockburn Road)
  • Dunedin (Momona Hall)
  • Gisborne (Eastwoodhill Arboretum)
  • Hamilton (Fraser High School)
  • New Plymouth, Taranaki (Coastal Taranaki School, Okato)
  • Ohoka, Rangiora (Mandeville Fire Station)
  • Orewa, North Auckland
  • Tauranga (Whataroa Road)
  • Wakefield, Nelson (Willowbank Heritage Centre)
  • Whangarei (Maromaku School)

*Pending location: Palmerston North

9 months part-time (September-May)
  • Online learning - one evening class per fortnight (7.00pm-9.00pm) 
  • Practical weekend workshops once per month (9.00am-5.00pm, Sat and Sun) 
  • Followed by a practical 10 days later on a Tues evening (5.30pm-7.30pm)
24 August 2021
By 31 August

Gain the skills and knowledge to rear queen bees.

This programme will enable you to rear queen bees for a commercial operation or to operate your own queen-rearing operation. Graduates will be able to work independently and could supervise others.

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 programme will be well-received by industry as it will benefit from having a supply of quality queen bees to ensure genetic diversification to establish and restock existing and new hives. In addition, the wider community and New Zealand as a whole will benefit from having a supply of queens bees to enable new or restocked hives to operate effectively, and contribute to the supply of bees for pollination which ensures the on-going supply of food sources.

Otago Polytechnic is the only tertiary provider of this industry-recognised training pathway in New Zealand.