BBKA Module exams

The Modules are theory examinations which may be held online or at a centre in your region. 100 minutes is usually allowed for each exam and you can, if you wish to, take 2 modules together. Exams are held on fixed dates – usually in March (application closing date usually mid-February) and November (application closing date usually end of September).

There are seven modules currently and these are shown below. The 2024 syllabi for all 7 can be found here: –

Module 1 Honey Bee Management

Module 2 Honey Bee Products and Forage

Module 3 Honey Bee Diseases, Pests and Poisoning

Module 5 Honey Bee Biology

Module 6 Honey Bee Behaviour

Module 7 Selection and Breeding of Honey Bees

Module 8 Beekeeping & Honey Bee Management

Module 8 must be the last module to be taken, otherwise they can be tackled in any order.

After passing modules 1, 2, 3 and one other from 5, 6 and 7 you are awarded the Intermediate Theory Certificate and, after passing all modules, you are awarded the Advanced Theory Certificate.

Subsidiary Module – Plants & Pollinators. This is a standalone module which does not form part of the route to the Intermediate or Advanced Theory Certificates. See Syllabus and Reading List. by clicking on bold type.

It is recommended that you have at least 2 years’ experience of beekeeping before sitting a module exam.

Please read our supporting information about the BBKA Module exams:  Exams and Assessments updated version

There is also much useful material about the Modules here: BBKA Modules General Information

To apply for the assessment, please contact the WBKA Exam Secretary 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.

 You will be sent details of the exam process or venue in due course ahead of the exam date.