Before you begin your journey into beekeeping there are a number of things to consider. From legal obligations to general knowledge, ensuring you understand what's involved before you get started can help to ensure your experience with bees is an enjoyable one. Check out the resources below.
Western Australian Apiarists Society (WAAS) is a great place to start. Consider participating in a WAAS training course to learn hive types, equipment and, most importantly, hive management basics, including biosecurity. Read their Checklist to Getting Started and their Best Practice Guidelines for beekeeping.
Are you registered?
To be a beekeeper in WA, it is a primary requirement that you register your hives with the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development (DPIRD) and obtain a registered hive brand which you then apply to all your hive boxes. This is required within 7 days of obtaining your bees! Once you have this brand number you can register with us for your complimentary BICWA membership to get more industry advice.
Certificate III in Beekeeping
Beekeeping Training College of WA
The Certificate III in Beekeeping is a nationally recognised qualification. This course gives you a wide view of both backyard and commercial beekeeping. It will provide a fairly broad understanding of how commercial beekeeping works and gives you a step into this career. If you are looking for a job you can travel with, this certification is highly regarded in other countries and will help you gain employment overseas.
Beekeeping Training College of WA is open for training of the next generation of beekeepers.
If you would like to attain this accredited qualification in beekeeping please contact us today.