Education & Training

The Australian Honey Bee Industry Council is committed to supporting education to enhance and develop all honey bee industry sectors.

Australian Registered Beekeeping Training Qualifications

To become a beekeeper, there are several training options available through Registered Training Organisations.

Certificate III in Beekeeping Qualification
This is the nationally recognised beekeeping qualification which equips a beekeeper with the knowledge in honey production, pollination services, beekeeping as a business, as well as the legislation and regulations relating to beehive ownership.


Traineeship in Beekeeping

Specialised beekeeping traineeships are available, as part of the nationally recognised Certificate III in Beekeeping course, to those working as a paid employee in a beekeeping business. A traineeship may attract Government financial assistance for both the employer and employee.


Basic Beekeeping Skill Set

This course is suitable for entry level workers in the beekeeping industry and for hobby beekeepers. It covers the basic skills and knowledge required to keep and maintain a beehive or operate a small apiary. The units of competency in this qualification can provide credit towards a Certificate III in Beekeeping.


Statement of Attainment in Beekeeping

Beekeepers may choose to complete just one or more units of competency from within the Certificate III in Beekeeping course and receive a Statement of Attainment for those units.

The completed units of competency can provide credit towards a Certificate III in Beekeeping.

Visit training.gov.au to find a Registered Training Organisation and to view the list of units of competency in this course.

Biosecurity online training

As part of the Biosecurity Code of Practice, beekeepers with more than 50 hives are required to complete this online training every three years to demonstrate they have a minimum level of knowledge to identify and manage pests and diseases. Another key biosecurity resource for beekeepers, is the Biosecurity Manual for Beekeepers, which was developed by industry as a guide to reduce the risk of exotic and established pests.

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B-Qual

B-Qual Australia Pty Limited is an independently developed and audited food safety program established by the Australian Honey Bee Industry Council.

It is a Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point based program that provides businesses with product integrity, quality assurance, regulatory compliance, industry best practice, biosecurity and access to domestic and export markets.

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Honey exports

Information on exporting honey 

Honey is classified as a non-prescribed good under export legislation, however honey exporters must meet all conditions set by the importing country.

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Manual of importing country requirements

EU Export Certification

Honey levy

Honey levy information

Honey produced in Australia and sold, exported or used in the production of other goods attracts a levy and export charge. AgriFutures Australia, Plant Health Australia and the National Residue Survey are responsible for the expenditure of the honey levy and charge.

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Honey Bee Research

Agrifutures

With targeted investment the AgriFutures Honey Bee & Pollination Program supports research, development and extension that ensures a productive, sustainable and profitable beekeeping industry and secure the pollination of Australia’s horticultural and agricultural crops.

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Cooperative Research Centre for Honey Bee Products

The CRC for Honey Bee Products aims to resolve industry problems that limit both the value and expansion of the Australian honey bee products industry.

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CSIRO Global Initiative for Honey bee Health (GIHH)

The GIHH is an international collaboration of researchers, beekeepers, farmers, industry and technology companies set up to research the threats to bee health in order to better understand bee colony collapse and find solutions that will help secure crop pollination.

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James Cook University

James Cook University is investigating the effects of bee stressors, such as disease and pesticide exposure, on their behaviour.

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Queensland University of Technology

Queensland University of Technology  is looking for students to study Australian floral resources and pollen harvesting by honey bees.

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University of Sydney

The University of Sydney’s BEE lab researches the Behaviour, Ecology and Evolution of bees combining work in the both lab (genetics and genomics) and the field (behaviour and ecology).

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University of Western Australia

The University of Western Australia’s Faculty of Science is driving research to provide non-chemical solutions to maintain honey bee health, protect and create honey bee hive sites in harmony with native fauna and support local industry to add value to their products.

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