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Telford Certificate in Apiculture Knowledge - Distance Learning

The Telford Certificate in Apiculture Knowledge is just the bee's knees for learning about bees and beekeeping for the professional or hobbyist alike. Study part time by distance learning. You can even enrol instantly online. Intakes start each month, so sign up today! Click here to enrol.


Qualification: NZQA Certificate
Level: 3

Intake6: 03 June 2019 to 29 May 2020

Intake7: 01 July 2019 to 26 June 2020

Intake8: 05 August 2019 to 31 July 2020


One year, part-time

Location: Distance Learning from Telford campus of SIT
Credits: 60


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11 hours ago, RayBeee said:

I don't know how much you would learn by distance learning.
Not hands on


you would learn quite a lot. even for experienced beeks it can fill in the gaps, all the stuff you don't normally do.

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Having done the course, I say quite a lot actually. Combine it with club meetings once a month for the practical side, and it works very well.

I could almost guarantee anyone would learn something from it, even those with years of experience.

But ya know thats just my personal opinion!

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Its good value at $435.00 thru SIT.


A full time tertiary course costs the govt about $10,000 per full time student, by the time tutors, admin and content are paid for.  


This is Apiculture course is at about Year 13/Seventh form level...60 credits at about 5-10 hours work per credit, so say 300-600 hours work at home over an academic year, equivalent to about 10-20 hours weekly work at home over a 30 week tertiary study period ...so it looks like a course that costs the govt at least $2000 per student in tutors fees and admin and content development -available at to students at $435.00. That’s good. Last time I looked at doing it myself it was about $1000.00 thru’ another tertiary provider. 

By subsidising course fees the government is aiming to get more qualified people into the apiculture industry, but home beekeepers with a good grounding in basic best practice is also an advantage to the wider commercial sector.


A friend did it and found it to be helpful to her beekeeping.


The Telford courses are awesome. I did two of their horticulture qualifications back in 2012 and 2014. Usually you get the notes and coursework posted to you and its all done hardcopy via the mail. If I’m correct, a bit antiquated, but the advantage is that more people can do it and it doesn’t rely on computer and internet. The course booklets are usually really thorough summaries and they’re well written and enjoyable. I know Telford tutors review course content yearly to keep topics relevant.

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