Education

Oliver St.John is the Education Coordinator for EGBKA.  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Beekeeping Taster Day 2020

EGBKA is running its next annual beekeeping Taster Day on 18th April 2020. This one-day course is for anyone interested in finding out more about honeybees and beekeeping.  It covers the theoretical and practical aspects of beekeeping, including an opportunity to look through a honeybee colony in the afternoon (weather permitting).

To book online click here.  If you have any questions or wish to express an interest in the course - please contact Oliver St John at   This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Basic & Improvers / BBKA Basic Assessment

EGBKA has rapidly become one of the most succesful Divisions in Sussex for encouraging its members to attain the BBKA Basic Assessment.  Often called the 'driving licence' for beekeepers, the assessment examines your handling skills and a basic level of theory.  If you would like to take the assessment this year (11th/12th July TBC) then please let us know by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
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here is a one-day training course covering the theoretical elements of the assessment on 23rd May (book online here) with practical training in the Apiary in June.  Even if you don't take the assesment, the training will boost your knowledge and skills.

Local talks and events aimed at beekeepers can be found under the Events tab.

Modules (Examinations)

As part of thge BBKA's Education system, there are 7 different Modules:

  • Module 1 - Honey Bee Management
  • Module 2 - Honey Bee Products and Forage
  • Module 3 - Honey Bee Pests, Diseases and Poisoning
  • Module 5 - Honey Bee Biology
  • Module 6 - Honey Bee Behaviour
  • Module 7 - Selection & Breeding of Honey Bees
  • Module 8 - Honey Bee Management, Health and History

Studying for these will vastly improve your beekeeping knowledge and skills.  The deadline for March 21st Exams is 10th February - more info from  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Practical Assessments

In addition to the Basic Assessment, with the appropriate experience, beekepers can be assessed on:

  • Junior Certificate
  • Basic Certificate
  • General Husbandry Certificate
  • Advanved Husbandry Certificate
  • Microscopy Certificate
  • Show Judge Certificate
  • Honey Bee Breeding
  • Honey Bee Health

Passing all the modules plus the Basic, General Husbandry and Advanced Husbandry assessments sees you awarded Master Beekeeper.

More info here: https://www.bbka.org.uk/exams-and-assessments-of-the-bbka

 

Practical Training

At the EGBKA apiary, practical training happens most weekends during the spring to autumn season in the form of hive inspections with more formal scheduled training sessions aimed at beginners and those doing the Basic Assessment.  Click on the Apiary tab for more information and the Events Tab for dates and times.