Certificate III in Beekeeping


Fast Facts

Bee part of a new earth

  • Want to make a contribution with far reaching impact?
  • Love looking after the planet and all its powerful creatures?
  • Like the outdoors as much as we do?

It’s a well-known fact that Bees are the key to life on earth. This nationally recognised qualification, gives to the skills and knowledge to play a part in sustaining healthy bee colonies.

Throughout the course you’ll learn the fundamentals of Beekeeping: from extracting honey to using a smoker and managing pests and disease within the colony.  This without a doubt, will be the best course you’ll ever take…we’re not biased at all!

Why Bother?

  • Our Bee populations are in dire need of qualified Beekeepers that know how to maintain healthy colonies
  • Highly qualified and specialised Trainers
  • Nationally Recognised Qualification

Job Prospects

Commercial Beekeeper

Study Mode

Face to face

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FTA gave me the opportunity to complete a number of courses…would highly recommend to anyone seeking to use their services.”

Testimonial: Brad Gleeson
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Course Flyer

An in-depth look at the course, to download your own copy, click ‘get course guide’ above.

Course Structure

What you’ll learn

This Beekeeping course gives you the skills, knowledge and experience to be competent and feel confident working with Bees.  It is aimed at anyone looking to work with Bees as a hobby or career.

Ways to study


Sometimes we like to do it old-school! If you’re better on the tools than on a computer – we’ve got your back! At FTA, we’re determined to ensure you learn how you learn best.


Learn alongside industry experts, on campus. With a mix of practical tasks and theory you’ll gain the skills, experience and knowledge for a competitive edge in the industry.

Recognition of Prior Learning

Your experience adds up and you can use this to fast-track your qualification.  If you’ve got a tonne of industry experience this can be used to gain part or all of your qual.

To achieve this qualification, you must demonstrate competency in X core units and X elective units from the options below.

Core Units

  • AHCBEK203 Open and reassemble a beehive
  • AHCBEK205 Prepare and use a bee smoker
  • AHCBEK206 Assemble and maintain beekeeping components
  • AHCBEK301 Manage honey bee swarms
  • AHCBEK302 Manipulate honey bee brood
  • AHCBEK303 Re-queen a honey bee colony
  • AHCBEK304 Remove a honey crop from a hive
  • AHCBEK311 Transport bee hives by road to new apiary site
  • AHCBEK312 Extract honey
  • AHCBEK313 Manage pests and disease within a honey bee colony
  • AHCBEK405 Select and establish an apiary site
  • AHCWHS301 Contribute to work health and safety processes
  • AHCWRK306 Comply with industry quality assurance requirements

Suggested Electives

  • AHCPCM204 Recognise plants
  • AHCBEK409 Rear queen bees
  • AHCBEK310 Process raw wax into moulds
  • AHCBEK408 Provide bee pollination services
  • AHCBIO305 Apply biosecurity measures
  • Beekeeping
  • Honey Processing
  • Wax processing
  • Hive building
  • Queen bee breeding
  • Bee sales
  • Pollination services

The course duration will vary depending on your experience, skills and chosen study mode. As a guide:

  • Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL): 4-24 months – this term may be extended by Funding Criteria, amount of RPL awarded and subsequent Gap Training required – eligibility criteria apply.
  • Fee for service: 6 – 18 months subject to the amount of RPL awarded and subsequent Gap Training required

Your skills will be assessed through a mix of practical and theory tasks. Which is essentially showing us what you’ve learnt and how you do it.

Theory may be assessed Online or via Workbook. Practical Assessment will be conducted at your place of work or work site with fit for purpose facilities and equipment which are to be made available to your FTA trainer & Assessor for training and assessment purposes.

Let’s talk about the money

Ready to take the leap towards your nationally recognised qualification? View the range of funding options available to assist both students and employers in gaining valuable training.

Fee For Service

Fee For Service

Our flexible Fee For Service model accommodates individuals ready to start their qualification today while making ongoing, manageable payments.

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To Bee or not to Bee, that is the question.

We are the benchmark in education and training performance and we’re bloody good at it.

Learner Support

Our trainers have years of hands on experience in Beekeeping, providing you with unparalleled access to first-hand industry knowledge throughout your course.

Limitless Learning

We believe that everyone should be able to learn in inspiring ways. That’s why we deliver training how you learn best plus, you get your own Learning Engagement Officer to support your progress through the course.

Recognised Qualifications

This Beekeeping course is nationally recognised, so you can work anywhere in Australia with confidence.