Generally courses are run in association with FIBKA at the beginning of each year. The venue, equipment and qualified trainers are provided, and the courses lead to an exam usually in March or April (Provincial Exams, or July (National Exam, taken at the annual FIBKA conference event.)

The courses are great fun,VERY interesting, and can be considered as a contribution towards the Duke of Edinburgh Awards Scheme.


Preliminary Course

This Preliminary 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. The minimum age for candidates participating in these courses is 16 years old.





Intermediate Course

This Intermediate level Beekeeping course builds on the knowledge gained from the Preliminary course and improves the understanding of both the scientific and practical aspects of beekeeping. It consists of three parts; Scientific, Practical and Apiary Practical, delivered over a period of at least two years and leading to the Federation of Irish Beekeepers’ Associations (FIBKA) Intermediate Certificate of Proficiency in Beekeeping. Click the link below to access more information and an application form.