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Apiculture


Apiculture is one of New Zealand’s fastest growing industries - there is such high demand for this skill that it is listed on Immigration NZ’s Immediate Skills Shortage List. Beekeeping has been included in the government’s new Targeted Training and Apprenticeship Fund (TTAF), which means these certificates will be fully funded until 2022.

 

New Zealand Certificate in Apiculture (Level 3) - TTAF funded

  • Online with block courses in Central Otago, Dunedin and Christchurch (these additional block course locations are subject to approval: Blenheim, Whakatane, North Auckland, Whangarei/Kerikeri, Gisborne, Wakefield, Pelorous Bridge, Tauranga, Upper Hutt, Taranaki and Timaru)
  • Part-time (September to May)
  • Level 3
  • Starts 12 September
  • Apply now

Want to learn more about beekeeping? Apiculture is one of New Zealand's fastest growing industries and there is a high demand for this skill. Graduates of this new programme will be able to work as an assistant beekeeper for commercial operators, as an independent beekeeper with a small number of beehives or even develop their own business.

New Zealand Certificate in Apiculture (Queen Bee Rearing) (Level 4) - TTAF funded

  • Online with block courses in Dunedin and Christchurch (these block course locations are subject to approval: Nelson, Hamilton, Whangarei and Tauranga)
  • Part-time (September-May)
  • Level 4
  • Starts 7 September
  • Apply 31 August

Want to gain the skills and knowledge to rear queen bees? Otago Polytechnic is the only tertiary provider who offers this industry-recognised training pathway that will enable you to rear queen bees for a commercial operation or to operate your own queen rearing operation. Graduates will be able to work independently and could supervise others.