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PLEASE NOTE THAT DUE TO COVID-19 RESTRICTIONS, ALL CLASSROOM SESSIONS IN 2021 ARE SCHEDULED TO BE HELD ON-LINE ALTHOUGH THIS COULD CHANGE AS CIRCUMSTANCES PERMIT. PLEASE SEE INDIVIDUAL CLASS EVENTS FOR UPDATES.

Our Improvers course is aimed at those who have had at least one years or more experience of taking care of their own bees. and is meant as the next step in enhancing your beekeeping skills.

As it follows the BBKA Basic Assessment Syllabus it can be used as a stepping stone to taking the BBKA exam if so desired.

The syllabus can appear daunting at first glance but closer inspection will show that it merely lists the basic things which all beekeepers should know.

The course runs for 4 weeks starting in March (one evening per week) followed by apiary sessions and costs £50.

Following this course, you may wish to take the BBKA Basic Assessment. Ideally those taking it would would have managed at least one colony of bees for a minimum of 12 months.

The assessment is completely practical/oral and takes place mainly at a hive in a local apiary.

Those who wish to apply for the assessment following the course will need to complete the Application Form and send it with the Fee (2020 = £20) to the Area Examination Secretary. The Area Examination Secretary would then organise the assessment and contact you direct with details

The  syllabus and application can be found by following the links below.

Basic Assessment Syllabus https://www.bbka.org.uk/Handlers/Download.ashx?IDMF=424720d6-2f19-4d3c-9065-1dc065f1fbcd

Book list https://archive.bbka.org.uk/files/library/book_list_01-18_1515106609.pdf

Examination framework https://archive.bbka.org.uk/files/library/exam_framework_1442232628.pdf

Application form https://archive.bbka.org.uk/files/library/appform_2017_1506292200.pdf

If you’d like further information on the Improvers course, please get in touch via the contact link or alternatively complete and return the membership form below (if not currently a member of SWHB).

2021 Membership form including training courses: https://www.swhbk.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2020/10/SWHB-2021-membership-form.pdf

Contact us: enquiries@swhbk.org.uk

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