BBKA Modules and Certificate Courses


Junior Certificate

Under 18 and want to test your beekeeping knowledge? Then this could be the one for you.

The Junior certificate consists of 4 elements

·         10 minutes of oral questions

·         A short written paper

·         Making a frame

·         Present your beekeeping diary

This examination is intended to meet the requirements of schools, Scout and Guide groups together with those not qualified to enter for the Basic Assessment. Additionally, it is intended that the examination will reflect the candidates interest of apiculture and encourage them to go forward to the next examination, the Basic Assessment.



Basic Assessment

To take the Basic Assessment you should have managed at least one colony of bees for a minimum of 12 months.

The Basic Assessment syllabus can appear daunting at first glance but closer inspection will show that it merely lists the basic things which all beekeepers should know.

The assessment is completely practical/oral and takes place mainly at the hive in a local apiary.



General Husbandry Certificate

Have you been beekeeping for 5 years and passed your Basic Assessment? Then this is the next practical step

This assessment is designed for beekeepers who prefer the practical approach rather than the written examinations.  On the day, your assessment is conducted by two BBKA Assessors and consists of:

inspection of the candidate's apiary, equipment and honey handling equipment.

manipulation of one or more colonies of the candidate's bees

demonstration of a method of selective queen rearing

Advanced Husbandry Certificate

So, you have the General Certificate in Beekeeping Husbandry and want to pass on your knowledge.

Open only to those who have passed the General Certificate in Beekeeping Husbandry. This assessment is designed for beekeepers aspiring to lecture and demonstrate the craft of beekeeping to others. The Assessment will be conducted at a suitable location and will consist of the following tasks:

Manipulation of one or more colonies as required by the Assessor

Short presentation on a practical topic to a small audience

Demonstration of dissection for acarine and nosema analysis

Discussion and practical on methods of queen rearing

Discussion on other aspects of beekeeping as given in the syllabus



Microscopy Certificate

Never has bee health and disease diagnosis been more important!

This assessment provides a qualification and measure of achievement for those beekeepers with an interest in pollen, anatomy, and disease relevant to the honey bee. Knowledge and skills are tested through a number of practical tasks and oral questioning.  The candidate will need to prepare 6 pollen slides and 3 anatomy slides during the year prior to the assessment.  For the assessment, which lasts between 2 and 2 ½ hours, the candidate will need to provide 2 suitable microscopes and equipment necessary to carry out dissections and make slides.  Full details are in the syllabus.

Prospective candidates should have passed the Basic Certificate.

A pass in the Microscopy Certificate gives exemption from the Adult Bee Diseases section of the Advanced Husbandry Assessment.


 BBKA Modules

A chance to test your knowledge on all aspects of apiculture.

The BBKA website has more information regarding the Modules at (

The Modules are written examinations held at a centre in your region with each paper taking 1½hrs. You can take up to 4 modules in each session. There are seven modules to be studied:


Module 1 - Honey bee Management


Module 2 - Honey bee Products and Forage


Module 3 - Honey bee Pests, Diseases and Poisoning

There is no Module 4

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


Module 8 must be the last module to be taken, otherwise they can be tackled in any order.



After passing modules 1, 2, 3 and one other from 5, 6 and 7 you are awarded the Intermediate Theory Certificate and after passing all modules you are awarded the Advanced Theory Certificate.