Certificate III in Beekeeping 

Recognized Course:  Certificate III in Beekeeping is a recognized course throughout Australia.

Traineeship: From 1.7.2013Queensland has approved this course as a traineeship.   Details can be found on the web site of the Queensland Governement Department of Education, Training and Employment.

The Course and RTOs in Queensland:  The full course (Code AHC31818) and Training Organizations (RTO) that are registered to deliver this course can be found on the Australian Government’s Training web site.

Previous courses:  A number of beekeepers in Southern Qld and far North Qld have completed the previous course –  Certificate III in Agriculture (specialising in Beekeeping).  This course is now superceded by the current course – Certificate III in Beekeeping (Code AHC31818).

Photos from some previous Training Courses in Cert III in Agriculture (specialising in Beekeeping.)

The Practical


The Theory


You can work as a beekeeper without formal qualifications, but employers usually require at least Year 10.  Some training can often be done on the job.  Formal training with the Certificate III in Beekeeping can also be undertaken.   You may be eligible for credits in this course through Recognized Prior Learning (RPL), depending on your level of experience of working with bees.

Commercial Beekeeping:

Honey Production and or Paid Pollination:  It is estimated that the minimum number of beehives required to make a living from honey production and/or paid pollination contracts is 400.

Raising queen bees for resale to other honey producers is a rewarding, demanding and specialist area of beekeeping.

The cost of a full commercial operation is high as it includes hives, extracting equipment and trucks and associated costs.

Beekeepers generally travel extensively, examining honey and pollen flora and transporting beehives by truck from site to site as plants and trees begin their  flowering cycle.  Much of their time is spent outdoors and often away from home.  Many wear protective clothing such as overalls and hats with nets attached to protect their faces.

Some personal advantages to work within a beekeeping operation could include

  • previous beekeeping experience gained through hobby activities (most Bee Clubs) have extensive libraries, Field Days and practical, hands-on days).  All Beekeepers owning one or more hives are required to register with the Qld Dept Agriculture and Fisheries.
  • able to work with bees and not allergic to their sting or pollen
  • enjoy working outdoors
  • have some knowledge or interest in learning about botany
  • have some skills in woodwork and metal work
  • have  gained some work experience with a commercial beekeeping operation
  • have the ability to work alone and as a team member
  • enjoy botany and entomology
  • be able to work in isolated areas, often alone
  • willing to work long and irregular hours
  • be observant and able to work through problems
  • be responsible in dealing with all areas of record keeping, biosecurity and WHS issues

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