Beginners start with the local association beginners classes which are held each autumn over 8 weeks with a series of lectures.
This is followed by practical demonstrations at the CCBKA apiary. Details here.
Formal Examinations and Certificates
For those interested in a formal education for beekeeping the CCBKA organises a number of study groups whose aim is to sit the examinations run by the Federation of Irish Beekeepers Associations (FIBKA).
The FIBKA examinations include
Preliminary: For beginners – Written multiple choice series of questions and a short practical apiary examination at CCBKA apiary.
Intermediate: This is a two part written examination covering scientific and practical papers and from 2013 onwards for anybody applying for their 1st Intermediate written paper, the Intermediate Apiary Practical Examination will form part of the Intermediate level. CCBKA run the scientific and practical examinations on an alternate basis. For 2014 we will host the scientific paper. The Preliminary Certificate of the FIBKA or the BBKA Basic Certificate must be held for at least one year.
Senior: Examinations include written practical and scientific papers, Microscopy examination, own apiary examination and honey and wax product production. Intermediate Certificate and at least five years beekeeping experience.
Intermediate Apiary Practical. The Intermediate Apiary Practical Examination is intended to be part of a stream that will lead to the Practical Beemaster’s Certificate.
Practical Beemaster: Preliminary Certificate, the Intermediate Apiary and at least five years’ beekeeping experience satisfactory to the Examination Board.
Full details, past papers, syllabi etc are all at the FIBKA website.
Also you can contact our Secretary for details.