To take the Basic Assessment you should have managed at least one colony of bees for a minimum of 12 months.
The Basic Assessment 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 assessment is completely practical/oral and takes place mainly at the hive in a local apiary.
To apply for the assessment, complete the Application Form and send it with the Fee to your Area Examination Secretary or if an individual member, direct to the National Beekeeping Centre at Stoneleigh.The Area Examination Secretary will organise the assessment and contact you with details
The syllabus and application can be found by following the links below.
Basic Assessment Syllabus https://archive.bbka.org.uk/files/library/basic_syllabus_2017a_1488914637.pdf
Examination framework https://archive.bbka.org.uk/files/library/exam_framework_1442232628.pdf