Centre for Continuing Education

Beekeeping Course

Horticulture and gardening. Open to everyone.

COVID-19 update: arrangement of our courses

We are now delivering courses both online and in-person. Please check the delivery format for each class before you enrol.

Please note that course materials for all classes (excluding prescribed textbooks) are shared electronically within 48 hours of a course starting. Printing is not available.

Why not harvest your own honey? You can have a few hives and let the bees do most of the work for you.

Learn everything you need to know about bees, the equipment needed and how much honey you can expect. Discover how to make products from beeswax such as candles, soap and cosmetic creams.


By the end of this course, you should be able to:

  • identify the various methods of beekeeping
  • select suitable bees, flora and beehive position
  • note the regulations pertaining to beekeeping
  • maintain a beehive successfully
  • implement the procedure to harvest honey and render wax
  • recognise pests and diseases affecting bees
  • distinguish the various products made from honey and wax.


This course covers the following topics:

  • introduction to beekeeping
  • what is honey?
  • history of beekeeping
  • honey flora – the importance of bees
  • legislation – locating the hive
  • how to get the bees
  • honey bees – castes, lifecycles, re-queening
  • swarming
  • catching a swarm
  • collecting the pollen and nectar
  • bee hive management
  • splitting a hive
  • relocating a hive
  • harvesting the honey – types of honey
  • honey bee products – honeycomb, beer, etc
  • Australian native bees
  • bee stings
  • bee health
  • harvesting the wax
  • beeswax uses – candles, cosmetics, soap
  • flow Hive
  • top-bar hive
  • practical demonstration –extracting the honey from the honeycomb

Intended audience

Suitable for anyone interested in learning about the fundamentals of various methods of beekeeping.

Delivery style

Delivered in an interactive classroom environment where the various methods of beekeeping are discussed and demonstrated. Beekeeping equipment is displayed and honey is presented for tasting.


Honey tasting and comprehensive course notes are provided in class.


  • Expert trainers
  • Central locations
  • Course materials – yours to keep
  • CCE Statement of Completion

What others say.

  • The lecturer was very experienced, so much to take in and a very interesting topic. Visual aides were great, we got to handle equipment used for beekeeping and were encouraged to ask as many questions as we wanted. Very informative. I’ve already recommended it to others and am thinking of other classes that this lecturer teaches. Lunch was really nice too, thanks. The classroom was well equipped with modern tech and clean.

  • I found our tutor very well informed and welcoming of experience, knowledge and anecdotes from class members – was also inclusive of all in the class and kept the class to time.

  • Excellent presenter, good practical demonstrations and notes.

  • Thank you for a wonderful, informative and inspiring workshop.

  • The tutor was very knowledgeable, a professional apiarist, and was very keen to impart as much known about the topic and answered every possible question the group had. Very impressed with the course content and breadth of material covered. The take-away written material was very helpful to provide future reference material.

  • Course had a gifted presenter with the correct mix of hands on, exceptional images and depth of knowledge. The time went very quickly. Extremely worthwhile, note handouts very valuable for future reference. You must attend this course if it is in your area of interest.

  • Excellent course, very informative. I enjoyed seeing all the equipment relating to beekeeping and honey tasting. The tutor was very friendly and accommodating. Very comprehensive notes. I highly recommend the course.

  • The beekeeping course presenter was wonderful and we all enjoyed the day and learning experience. Thank you.

  • Very informative and an enjoyable experience. I highly recommend for people who plan to start beekeeping as a hobby. Amazing creatures.

  • The tutor was brilliant, delivering the course with enthusiasm. The knowledge was priceless!

  • Clearly a very knowledgeable apiarist who is able to share that knowledge in a way that is easily understood. I liked the way the tutor interacted with us, provided beekeeping items and gear for us to touch and, having sought questions, answered them suitably. An excellent course.

  • Excellent tutor who is a great subject matter expert and was adept in terms of class dynamics. It’s not easy to meet the needs of such a diverse group. An excellent job. Highly recommend the course and tutor. I really wish I could do some more hands on courses with this tutor.

  • Excellent presentation and well organised. Friendly presenter who knows the course topic very well.

  • Fantastic introduction to bee keeping with a passionate tutor.

  • Excellent course, presenter and resources. Just what I needed as a budding apiarist. Loved it!

  • The presenter was an absolute gem who really knows the subject, and obviously enjoys teaching and sharing this knowledge. The course was well-organised and presented, and we covered a huge amount in the day. Everyone appeared to enjoy themselves very much, and I am now keen to get out and start beekeeping.

  • The presenter was delightful – including everyone on the day; used our names, was personable and professional... one of the best speakers/teachers I have experienced. Made the day both enjoyable and highly informative.

  • This course is very relevant for anyone wanting to start out with bee keeping. Our tutor was incredible and so knowledgeable, yet open to suggestions and input from students. There was lots of equipment shown and even some honey to taste. The prepared notes which we all got to take home meant we could really listen to what was said and were not distracted by taking notes. It was a great day well worth every cent and I am now even more enthused to start keeping bees.

  • Had a great day... well worth the money. Learnt things that are not in the books and lecturer was excellent.

  • A very informative course. The tutor was great and I’ve left the course with knowledge on beekeeping that I didn’t have before.

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What others say.

  • Fantastic introduction to bee keeping with a passionate tutor.
  • The presenter was great; very knowledge and an absolute sweet heart. Will look to get into this tutor's horticulture courses as soon as I can.
  • The presenter was delightful - including everyone on the day; used our names, was personable and professional... one of the best speakers/teachers I have experienced. Made the day both enjoyable and highly informative.
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