Certificate III in Beekeeping


  • This Certificate is a nationally recognised beekeeping qualification.
  • The course describes the skills and knowledge required of a beekeeper of honey bees (Apis mellifera), including the establishment of bee hives and apiaries, the transport of live bees and the management of bees for honey production and/or provision of pollination services.
  • The course provides an excellent grounding in beekeeping skills and knowledge as well as the general skills needed to be a good all-round employee, manager or owner of a beekeeping business or owner of a small apiary.
  • Legislation, regulations and by-laws relating to beehive ownership and biosecurity codes of practice apply in some states and territories.
  • The course is available through a Registered Training Organisation (RTO) who is registered and approved to deliver this qualification in their current scope of registration.

The Course

  • The course includes practical and study components.
  • For a full list of units covered in this Certificate visit the Australian Government Department of Education, Skills and Employment website at training.gov.au

Additional Units of Learning

Additional units that are relevant to your interests and the work that you will be doing (e.g. chemical safety course) can be selected from other existing training qualifications outside of the Certificate III in Beekeeping and included in your course.

Recognised Prior Learning

Those with some previous beekeeping knowledge may be eligible for accreditation for selected units through Recognised Prior Learning (RPL).

Steps involved in beginning a Certificate III in Beekeeping

  1. Go to training.gov.au for a list of all the units of competency in the Certificate III in Beekeeping course and the Training Organisations (RTO) who are registered and approved to deliver these units.
  2. Choose the Registered Training Organisation (RTO) you would like to deliver the training by selecting ‘Find RTOs approved to deliver this unit’ at training.gov.au
  3. Contact your chosen RTO:

a)  Enquire if the organisation is currently registered and approved to deliver this training to beekeepers in their scope of registration.

b)  Enquire if the organisation can deliver the complete Certificate III in Beekeeping or only some units within this course.

c)  Ask where and how the training will be delivered – onsite, offsite at training premises, electronically or a combination of methods.

d)  Find out about payment arrangements with the organisation.

e)  Before proceeding with any payment and starting the training, complete initial paperwork (enrolment forms and training plan) with the help of your RTO.

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