Higher Practical Assessments

The higher practical assessments available are outlined below.

General Husbandry

You will need to have 5 years beekeeping experience and have passed the Basic Assessment to enter for this.  

General Husbandry Prospectus

GH Guidelines for candidates

Advanced Husbandry

For those who already hold the General Husbandry Certificate.

Advanced Husbandry Prospectus

AH Guidelines for candidates

Microscopy Certificate

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 4 anatomy slides during the year prior to the assessment.  For the assessment, which lasts between 2 and 2½ 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.

Microscopy Certificate Syllabus

Microscopy Guidelines for candidates

Show Judge Certificate

In order to commence the assessment you must meet a number of entry requirements and hold the Basic Certificate. For full details please download the syllabus.

Candidates wishing to take the Show Judges Assessment must apply for a record book from the Examinations Board Secretary to record the following over a five year period

  • Stewarding for a number of BBKA Judges at county or national level or honey shows with more than 100 entries;
  • Judging at a number of Honey shows where 3 of the shows are assessed by 3 different BBKA Show Judges;
  • A final supervised judging and viva voce;
  • Record of awards at honey shows at third prize or higher at County or National level;
  • Record of other relevant experience such as Show Secretary.

Show Judge Certificate Syllabus

Honey Bee Health Certificate

A practical assessment suitable for those who wish to advance beyond their Basic Assessment.

This assessment will help beekeepers who have already passed their Basic Assessment acquire some of the skills needed at the General Husbandry level.

It aims to encourage beekeepers who have passed the Basic Assessment, and have at least three years of beekeeping experience, to improve their understanding and practice of beekeeping.

The candidate will be able to demonstrate a range of beekeeping skills.

Honey Bee Health Certificate Syllabus

Honey Bee Breeding Certificate

A practical assessment to promote the skills required to improve stocks of local bees.

Introduced to promote the use and improvement of local bees, the assessment is equally applicable to honey bee breeders who work alone and those who work as part of a group.

It aims to encourage improvement in the skills and methodology applied to the selective breeding of honey bees that are adapted to local conditions and have desirable characteristics.

The candidates will be able to demonstrate a range of beekeeping skills related to queen rearing, honey bee breeding and selection.
For further information on any of the higher practical assessments, please email education@wbka.com
Last Page Update 06/08/2020