Beekeeping Exams


Bees and larvae on a brood frame
Bees and larvae on a brood frame


A number of Branch members have taken the British Beekeeping Association (BBKAbasic examination every year since 2005. Our new members are encouraged to take this introductory examination and the association offers a short course leading up to the exam itself.

The Branch is keen to encourage it's members to continue to study for the full range of examinations that the BBKA has to offer. Hopefully this will lead to an improvement in the overall competence level of beekeeping in our local area.

To take the BBKA Basic Assessment in beekeeping, candidates must have been keeping bees for twelve months or have already taken the Branch's 'Introduction to Beekeeping' course.

Do you want to learn more about the craft of beekeeping? If you're a new beekeeper (or not so new for that matter) and want to learn much more about beekeeping then come along to our Basic Assessment in Beekeeping course. Although you might hate the thought of taking an exam, this is not compulsory. Just do the course and you'll have the opportunity to learn the basic things all beekeepers need to know.

The final exam is optional and is completely practical/oral and will take place at a hive (but not yours!).