BBKA Microscopy Certificate

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This assessment provides a qualification and measure of achievement for those beekeepers with an interest in pollen, anatomy, and disease, relevant to the honey bee. Knowledge and skills are tested through a number of practical tasks and oral questioning.  The candidate will need to prepare 6 pollen slides and 3 anatomy slides prior to the assessment.  For the assessment, which lasts between 2 and 2 ½ hours, the candidate will need to provide 2 suitable microscopes and equipment necessary to carry out dissections and make slides.  Full details are in the syllabus.

Prospective candidates should have passed the Basic Certificate.

(A pass in the Microscopy Certificate gives exemption from the Adult Bee Diseases section of the Advanced Husbandry Assessment).


To apply for the assessment, please contact the WBKA Exam Secretary by email at  A link to the application form will be emailed to you and you can use this to apply and pay online direct to BBKA.  The application deadline is 31 August.  Assessments are carried out at several centres during the autumn period and you will be invited to attend the nearest available centre. 

You can download the syllabus and Guidelines to Candidates here: