Beekeeping

Study Beekeeping, also known as Apiculture, at Otago Polytechnic to immerse yourself in the outdoors, and gain a career surrounded by bees. Learn how to care for, own, breed and maintain bee colonies and hives to produce honey.

 

Group of bee keepers working in a field of bee hives

Our Beekeeping qualifications can give you the skills and knowledge to work with bees. Depending on your goals, you can study what you need to become a beekeeper for commercial operators or an independent beekeeper with a small number of hives.

Apiculture is one of New Zealand’s fastest-growing industries and there is such high demand for this that it is listed on Immigration New Zealand’s Immediate Skills Shortage List. Beekeeping employment opportunities are vast in New Zealand, as is owning your own business or simply assisting nature as a passionate enthusiast.

Beekeeping qualifications

Agriculture & Animal Care

There is international demand for manuka honey and other beehive products. During this programme, you’ll gain the skills and confidence to manage your own beehives. You’ll meet commercial apiarists in your local area and have the chance to complete an American Foulbrood (AFB) disease recognition course. Topics include bee behaviour and life cycle, beekeeping equipment, harvesting and extracting honey, and suitable bee forage plants.

Duration

33 Weeks

Delivery

Online with block course(s)

Location

Multi-location

Career potential

Commercial Assistant Beekeeper, Small Hive Beekeeper

Agriculture & Animal Care

Gain the skills to operate as a Leading Hand in a commercial operation or to run your own commercial operation. This programme is for people who are single source, comb, or medical grade manuka honey producers, pollination service providers or self-marketing producers. Courses include Plants; Pollination and Nutrition; Bee Diseases and Management Plans; Seasonal Management and Food Safety; Beehive Products; and analysing management plans.

Duration

33 Weeks

Delivery

Online with block course(s)

Location

Multi-location

Career potential

Honey Producer, Independent Beekeeper, Medical Grade Manuka Honey Producer, Pollination Provider

Agriculture & Animal Care

This programme will teach you how to rear queen bees for a commercial operation or to operate your own queen-rearing operation. You’ll be able to work independently or supervise others. Courses include Queen Bee Biology, Rearing and Breeding; Beehive Management for Queen Bee Rearing; and Prepare and Analyse Disease and Management plans.

Duration

33 Weeks

Delivery

Online with block course(s)

Location

Multi-location

Career potential

Commercial Bee Operations, Independent Beekeeper, Queen-Rearing Operations

Study beekeeping for free

Study beekeeping for free

Take advantage of these qualifications being fully-funded in 2022.

Contact us

If you’re not sure what to study and would like some guidance, we’re here to help. Feel free to chat to us directly about any questions you may have.