Beekeeping course for improvers

The WBKA is intending to hold a three-day course in early 2020 to support members wishing to improve their skills and work towards taking their General Husbandry (GH) assessment.

The course will take place over a weekend in March and then a further day of practical tuition in May. Dates are not yet confirmed but if you register your interest with me, I will keep in touch with you regarding dates.

The proposed venue is Newtown, Powys utilising the apiary facilities of Montgomeryshire BKA.

The course is primarily aimed at those considering taking their GH assessment to help them understand and prepare for the tasks expected during this assessment. However, beekeepers wishing to increase their skills and knowledge will also find it useful to understand the areas that can help improve their beekeeping. There is no obligation to take the assessment.

Topics covered will include;

  • Suitable methods of queen rearing
  • Swarm control
  • Comb management techniques
  • Feeding bees
  • Winter preparation
  • Moving bees
  • Disease
  • Honey processing
  • Biology of bees
  • Plants for bees

Please note: the course will not teach every detail about these topics but instead will inform candidates how they should focus their preparations for the GH assessment.

Who should apply?

The course will be suitable for members with a good basic knowledge of beekeeping. They must have been keeping bees for at least three years and have passed their Basic assessment.


The WBKA will be subsidising the cost of the course and attendees will be required to pay £90. This covers all tuition, refreshments and lunch for the three days. Accommodation is not included.

Further details

There are only 14 spaces on the course which will allow a high level of tuition and support from the two tutors. Please can you email me at to register your interest in the course. Spaces will be allocated on a first come first served basis providing you meet the entry requirements. If you would like any further information please feel free to contact me.