Education and Courses

There are several organizations offering courses which may be of interest to our members:

Alberta

2018 Beginner's Beekeeping Course

Calgary & District Beekeepers Association (CDBA) is pleased to present a Beginner's Beekeeping Course. This course covers topics that you need to know to start beekeeping and become a hobby beekeeper in your own backyard or become a commercial beekeeper. It is designed to provide the knowledge you will need for the entire beekeeping year.

Course content will include, as a minimum:

  • Bee biology and colony behavior
  • Bee purchase options
  • Beekeeping equipment and tools;
  • Hive Management (spring, summer, fall management plus overwintering)
  • Pest and disease management
  • Harvesting and extracting honey
  • Beekeeping regulations in Alberta and City of Calgary Guidelines

Date: Saturday and Sunday, March 3 and 4, 2018
Location: Forest Lawn Legion
755 40 St SE, Calgary
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Course Hours: 9:00 am to 4:00 pm, both days
Apiary Field Visit: TBA
Instructors: The course will be taught by four beekeepers with over 80 years' combined beekeeping experience. Two instructors are second generation commercial beekeepers and two are experienced Calgary area hobby beekeepers. These instructors have designed the course to give you the theoretical and practical knowledge necessary to successfully commence beekeeping.
Registration Fee - $275.00 will include:
  • Beekeeping in Western Canada manual
  • Handout material
  • Membership to CDBA
  • Lunches, coffee/tea, drinks and snacks
Course Registration: Submit registration Information and payment to Thomas by emailing: calgarybeekeepers@gmail.com. Please provide:
  • contact information with address, phone and email
  • the area where you are planning on having bees
  • payment
Questions: Please email calgarybeekeepers@gmail.com for further details or for questions relating to this course.


Making Money from Honey

This course covers topics you will need to make a little money from small scale beekeeping and honey production.
Join Ron Miksha and Neil Bertram, both long time beekeepers in the southern Alberta area and seasoned members of the Calgary & District Beekeepers Association, as they take you through planning your beekeeping future and avoiding costly mistakes while enjoying the hobby/business of beekeeping.

This course is usually offered twice per year.

For more information see: MakingHoneyFromHoney.com

Alberta Green Certificate (Alberta Agriculture) — Beekeeping Technician (Level 1)

This is a "hands-on" mentoring program for High School Students only, that offers high school credits and marks.

  • The trainee works with an experienced, mentoring beekeeper.
  • There are modules which the student works through at their own pace and the sequence they determine.
  • There are oral tests and students receive 16 High School Credits and 3 course marks at the Grade 12 level that can be used for their Rutherford Scholarship average.
  • The program is administered through 4 regional colleges; the closest to Calgary being Olds College

Contact Pamala Church, 403-507-0434
More information on Beekeeping Technician (Level 1)

Grand Prairie Regional College

GPRC offers a "Certificate in Commercial Beekeeping", a vocational program for the education and training of commercial beekeepers. This usually runs from January to November. It is delivered at the Fairview campus.
... more information from GPRC.

Calgary & District Beekeepers Association

Monthly meetings have a training/information component with no charge.

The club also offers one or more Beginners Beekeeping Course during the year.

BC

BC Apiculture: Beekeeping course via the Internet

This is a simplified and shorter version of a classroom course.
Here are a few early details:

  • 4 sessions on Saturday mornings from 0900-1130 (Pacific Time). No practicum or field day.
  • Especially suitable for people living outside the Fraser Valley.
  • Unlimited class size. Reasonably up-to-date computer and access to high-speed internet recommended.
  • No materials provided but prior to each session, participants receive an email with suggested reading and reference materials.
  • Planned starting date: February 11, 2017
  • Course is free.
  • For more information visit the BC Apiculture Bee Course page
    or Email: paul.vanwestendorp@gov.bc.ca <

Sweetacre Apiaries (Bill Stagg), Tappen, BC

Beeginners Bee Course
Working Holiday - 5 days of beekeeping in the Shuswa
See the Sweetacre site for more details

BC Dept of Agriculture - Bee Masters

This course is advanced, 5 days long and offered every second year.

2016 is complete, the next session will be in February 2018

...more info

USA

University of Montana

School of Extended & Lifelong Learning

  • Apprentice Course
  • Journeyman Course
  • Master Course

Roster of instructors includes Dr. Jerry Bromenshenk