We are very pleased to announce that the following people have passed exams this year:

BBKA Basic Assessment

Paul Sally Peter


To take the Basic Assessment you have to have managed at least one colony of bees for a minimum of 12 months. The Assessment consists of four parts and the Candidate must achieve the pass
mark in all four parts:

  • Manipulation and Equipment. Practical Assessment of the Candidate’s ability to handle bees and beekeeping equipment and the ability to interpret
    what is observed.
  • Oral questioning and Assessment of the Candidate’s knowledge of Natural History and Beekeeping.
  • Oral questioning on Swarming, Swarm Control and effects.
  • Oral questioning on Diseases and Pests.

If you are interested in taking the BBKA's Basic Beekeeping Assessment, you can find more information on the BBKA website or by speaking to our Education Officer.


BBKA Honey Bee Health Certificate



To take the Honey Bee Health Certificate you must have been awarded the BBKA Basic Certificate and have at least three years of beekeeping experience. The Assessor tests the Candidate’s practical skills and knowledge of the important aspects of beekeeping (as defined in the Syllabus). The Assessor observes:

  • The Candidate’s practical skills at opening and manipulating colonies and notes the correct use of beekeeping equipment and apiary hygiene.
  • The Candidate's awareness of the procedures adopted by The National Bee Unit Inspectors and ability to demonstrate them.
  • The candidate's: management and hygiene, brood disease inspection, two further practical tasks and the discussion.

If you are interested in taking the BBKA's Honey Bee Health Certificate, you can find more information on the BBKA website or by speaking to our Education Officer.

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