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Beekeeper Examinations

All applications for examinations and assessments are managed by Devon’s Examination Secretary, Chris Utting:

Tel: 01273-474500

The Basic Assessment is open to anyone who has owned and/or worked actively with bees for at least a year. The assessment is usually held at a teaching apiary as near as possible to the candidate’s home. It usually lasts about an hour-and-a-half, and comprises a preliminary chat to set candidates at their ease, followed by a practical session in the apiary (including making up a frame), and usually ends with a discussion about topics relevant to the syllabus. The overall approach is designed to set people at their ease and allow them to demonstrate their knowledge. There is a pass rate of over 90% in a normal year.

The Module exams are now run twice a year, in March and November. Due to increased demand it is now possible to sit any module on either date.

For examinations on 21st March 2015 applications must be in by 10th February 2015.

For November 14th, applications must be in by 30th September 2015.

Microscopy: The date is by arrangement with the BBKA Examination Board Secretary. Applications should be submitted by the end of August of the year of examination. The exam (c.2 hrs long) is usually held in the Autumn, but preparation will take up to a year in advance as pollen and anatomy samples must be gathered and prepared throughout the year. Candidates are expected to provide two microscopes (light and dissecting) plus all equipment necessary for dissections.The venue can be some distance from the candidate’s home base, so forward planning is essential.

Correspondence courses for all exams: £50 each

Exam Fees: Basic Assessment: £15 (adults), £ 2  (Under 18’s – refundable on passing); Modules: £20; General Husbandry Assessment: £50; Advanced Husbandry Assessment: £60;     Microscopy: £45

NB: This is a synopsis of the main examination structure. For full details of the terms and conditions please go to the BBKA website and follow links there.


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