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7 November 2010

Beekeeping awards for Barnsley BKA members

A number of members who have achieved success in bee keeping examinations were awarded their certificates at the meeting of the Barnsley Beekeepers Association in November.

Under the British Beekeepers Association examinations and assessments framework, various levels of qualification and training are offered to members at all levels. The BBKA’s examinations framework offers beekeepers a chance to back up their bee keeping with recognised qualifications, as well as reinforcing their skills and knowledge.

The examinations programme covers everything from basic bee keeping and general husbandry to more specific training in specific aspects of the craft such as microscopy and honey judging. A series of modules can be studied individually to gain knowledge and skills in a wide range of specific areas of bee keeping and suits those who don’t have sufficient time to study everything at once. For those who progress all the way through the examinations process, senior level awards of “Master Beekeeper” and the National Diploma in Beekeeping (NDB) can be achieved.

Barnsley members achieving success were Donna Rose (for passing Module 1 of Honey Bee Management) and Paul Fraser and Graham Appleby for passing the Basic Assessment.

Picture: From the left, Donna Rose and Paul Freer receiving their awards from the BBKA Examinations Board Secretary, Val Francis.