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Beginners Beekeeping Course


Thinking about getting bees? Got bees? Got all the gear but no bees? ... Then this course is for you!

There are two upcoming courses:


Option 1: Wednesday nights from the 19th September to 21st November (10 weeks). Kim has unconfirmed work commitments, we will let you know which two Wednesdays there will be no course nearer the time.

Option 2: Weekend Saturday & Sunday:
22nd and 23rd September, 9:30am - 4pm Plus Monday nights 24th September and 1st October 7-9pm.
Venue: Unitec - room to be advised.
Cost:  $140 for club members $180 for non club members.
Contact: register online ABC website/Courses. For any information contact Carol by emailing (Limited to 30 people, so don't delay)


To buy this course you must be a club member.  Membership costs $40 per annum.  If you are not yet a member please click the 'Join the Club' button on this page to join us now.

  • The course fee for a club member is $140.  You can start attending field days giving you some practical experience while you wait for the course to start.  Club members, please login to book your course online now.  
  • If, as a club member, you want to bring one other family member (who is not a paid up club member) on the course with you, please buy them an additional family member ticket (also $140) via your member login.  


Course Outline

A eight session course covering: History, Biology, Hiveware, Siting a hive, The Law, Products from the hive, Seasonal Management, Bee Diseases + lots, lots more.

Kim Kneijber and Carol Downer are the tutors. They are both passionate about bee keeping and their bees.  They have been beekeeping for over 15 years and manage 30+ hives each. They bring two different and diverse perspectives, which compliment each other very well.

“I had had a hive for just over a year but still wasn’t confident about managing my bees, I’d even considered giving them up. This course answered all my questions and gave me the knowledge to become a much more confident beekeeper. I’ve been to ‘evening classes’ before and there has always been a huge number of dropouts but I think this course would have had at least a 90% completion rate. Kim and Carol were brilliant and never boring.”
Sally Petersen, ABC member.

Other topics:

  • History and the Law
  • Basic Costs
  • Stings
  • The Honey Bee
  • Starting with bees
  • Honey Flow
  • Hive Management
  • All about the gear you need

NB: Classes are held at Unitec, Carrington Road, Mt Albert. Participants will be notified of all details closer to the start date.