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Courses are run by Local Associations in conjunction with The Ulster Beekeepers Association, CAFRE and endorsed by The Open College Network NI (OCN NI).


The venue, equipment and qualified trainers are all provided. 

Students will be examined by ongoing continuous assessments.

The courses are great fun, very interesting and give you an overview of what is involved in keeping bees before commitment.

Due to Covid 19 restrictions, classes may be a combination of face to face meetings and zoom tbc at the time


Introduction to Beekeeping

(previously called Preliminary Beekeeping Certificate)

Starts in Feb 2024

Theory classes will be held on Tuesday evenings.

Practical classes will begin  April, weather permitting.


This Introduction to Beekeeping course is aimed at those with an interest in, or who may be thinking about keeping bees, but have not yet attended a course. It covers the basics of beekeeping from setting up an apiary and acquiring bees to health & safety, hive management, swarm control, disease control and honey production.

This is now open for booking, please see further info and booking at


Proficiency in Beekeeping

(previously called Intermediate Certificate in Beekeeping) 

Starts end SEPT 2023

This Intermediate level Beekeeping course builds on the knowledge gained from the beginners course and improves the understanding of both the scientific and practical aspects of beekeeping.

Please see further info at

or for booking go to

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