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New Zealand Certificate in Apiculture

New Zealand Certificate in Apiculture


Discover the fascinating world of sustainable beekeeping and how to become a beekeeper in UCOL's New Zealand Certificate in Apiculture.

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Quick info

Level: 3

Locations: UCOL Wairarapa in Masterton

Duration: 18 weeks

21 Feb 2022 - 24 Jun 2022
01 Aug 2022 - 02 Dec 2022

Domestic Fees: *
Eligible for fees-free until 31 Dec 2022Scholarship info

International Fees:*

Additional Fees
Compulsory course costs may apply.

* Fees are indicative only, and are inclusive of the student services levy and GST (goods and services tax). The fee shown is for one year of study.

Learn how to start beekeeping by acquiring the skills and knowledge to work safely and productively in a beekeeping environment, and contribute to this sustainable primary industry.

This programme is ideal for those who are either intending to work or are working on either a private or small scale business interest or as part of a team on larger commercial beekeeping operations.

How to apply
If you are interested to enrol to the programme, please contact our info centre.


This programme is eligible for fees-free study under the Targeted Training and Apprenticeships Fund.

You don’t need to apply to access the fund - just enrol in an eligible programme, and the TTAF process will take care of the fees until 31 December 2022.

Please contact the info centre for more details.

?Career & Study Outcomes

Successful graduates of New Zealand Certificate in Apiculture are work-ready for the commercial industry and are able to manage their own hives on a small to medium scale.

You'll be able to perfom the following tasks working as an assistant beekeeper for a commercial operator or as an independent beekeeper with a small number of beehives:

  • Maintain, manipulate and operate beehives to produce quality products and pollination services
  • Assist to transport beehives and bee products, and establish hives in new sites
  • Carry out a beehive disease management plan.

To find out more about possible job prospects and salaries, see Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment's Occupation Outlook for Farmers and Farm Managers.

?Course Information

New Zealand Certificate in Apiculture follows the seasonal calendar of the industry and covers:

  • Bees and their habitat
  • Bee manipulation
  • Requeening
  • Honey flow
  • Bee and hive health
  • Bee feeding

?Domestic Entry Requirements

This programe is open to New Zealand Citizens or Permanent Residents only. Students must be physcially fit and be 16 years old or over.

Entry to this programme is NCEA Level One,


equivalent academic achievement


on a case-by-case basis at the discretion of the Executive Dean.


For more information about NCEA Credits see?UCOL's NCEA explained page.

?International Entry Requirements

Not applicable.


?Advice & Guidance

Health and safety
Students need to be aware of possible allergic or anaphylactic reactions that may occur following interaction with bees. Any allergy medication required must be on the person at all times.