About the course

The Certificate III in Beekeeping is a nationally accredited qualification with a vocational outcome in beekeeping.

What you’ll learn

This qualification is aimed at commercial beekeepers, or beekeepers with multiple hives. There are 18 units of competency in total, which are delivered through a combination of face-to-face training, online training, and workplace assessment. Units include managing swarms, transporting hives, requeening a colony, and WHS processes.

Course content

The qualification consists of 18 units of competency in total, delivered through a combination of face-to-face training, online training & workplace assessment (for trainees only). You can expect to attend 14-16 days of face-to-face training held in 4-day blocks here at Tocal College in Paterson, NSW.

Unit of CompetencyElective Units
Work, health, & safety Beekeeping
AHCWHS301 – Contribute to work health and safety processesAHCBEK408 – Provide bee pollination services
BeekeepingAHCBEK309 – Trap and store pollen
AHCBEK205 – Prepare and use a bee smoker AHCBEK409 – Rear queen bees
AHCBEK203 – Open and reassemble a beehiveAHCPCM204 – Recognise plants
AHCBEK206 – Assemble and maintain beekeeping componentsWork
AHCBEK313 – Manage pests and disease within a honey bee colonyFBPOPR2066 – Apply sampling procedures
AHCBEK405 – Select and establish an apiary siteAHCBIO305 – Apply biosecurity measures
AHCBEK302 – Manipulate honey bee broodMachinery operation and maintenance
AHCBEK303 – Re-queen a honey bee colonyTLILIC0003 – Licence to operate a forklift truck
AHCBEK304 – Remove a honey crop from a hiveAHCMOM213 – Operate and maintain chainsaws
AHCBEK312 – Extract honeyFive (5) elective units of competency must be completed to obtain the full qualification. These Units of competency are offered through a mix of face-to-face and online delivery. Both delivery methods include practical components with hands on exercises involving bee hives and a range of beekeeping equipment. Alternatively, several units can be completed through workplace assessment, where NSW DPI trainers travel to the beekeepers’ workplace to assess skills corresponding to specific units. Two elective units can be imported from other relevant qualifications providing they are appropriate to beekeeping industry operations and are at a level II, III or IV. For example, some candidates have received credit transfer from their current First Aid qualifications and Chemical Certificates. This needs to be discussed with the course coordinator prior to Tocal College generating a quote for your Certificate III in Beekeeping.
AHCBEK311 – Transport bee hives by road to new apiary site
AHCBEK301 – Manage honey bee swarms
AHCWRK306 – Comply with industry quality assurance requirements
Total core units – 13Total Units Required for Qualification = 18
delivery method

Online Virtual training conducted entirely through digital platforms, allowing participants to learn remotely.

course provided by

NSW Department of Primary Industries

Course Length

60 mins




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