Short Courses

Backyard Beekeeping

Are you keeping bees on your property? Join our unique Backyard Beekeeping short course to ensure you are getting the best from your bees whilst keeping your neighbours safe.

Course Code: SOH053

Many beekeepers have beehives in their backyards, some are even on rooftops and the bees travel for kilometres to collect nector and pollen.

City beekeepers need to take special care so that their bees do not become a nuisance to other neighbours, learn how to take care of the hives so that the neighbours feel safe and comfortable in their own yards.






Horticulture and Landscaping
03 9269 8615


6 weeks
Total Hours: 16

Course Outline

  • Manage honey bee swarms
  • Use a bee smoker
  • Open and reassemble a beehive
  • Construct and repair beehives
  • Beehive planning
  • Manipulate honey bee brood

Course Outcomes

  • Managing the swarming
  • Maintaining the hive
  • Manipulating the brood
  • Being a good neighbour with bees

Related Courses

Introduction To Beekeeping

Suitable For

  • Aspiring beekeepers wanting to introduce a beehive into their garden
  • Small scale beekeeper
  • Hobby gardeners



No concession or government funding applies

Payment Options:

  • Cash - paid in person at any campus or a Skills and Jobs Centre
  • Credit Card
  • Invoice - paid by the company or job agencies

Assessment Methods

No formal assessment


Pen an notebook, Sturdy work boots, Positive attitude to bees


No prior knowledge or experience required

Workplace Training

Consultancy - Training can be offered on-site or off-site

Course Cancellation or Postponement

Courses with low enrolments may be cancelled or delayed. You will be notified of this 48 hours prior to course commencement.
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