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Certificate III in Beekeeping

Code: AHC31818

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Victoria's first Certificate III in Beekeeping AHC31818 is only at Melbourne Polytechnic

Immerse yourself in the captivating world of beekeeping with our flexible and nationally recognised apiculture course. The Certificate III in Beekeeping AHC31818 is the first of its kind in Victoria, offering a unique opportunity to acquire comprehensive skills and knowledge necessary for maintaining healthy bee colonies.

Throughout this course, you will learn essential aspects of honey bee (Apis) beekeeping, including:

  • Establishing beehives and apiaries for optimal productivity
  • Recognising and effectively managing pathogens that impact bees
  • Safely transporting live bees to various locations
  • Mastering the art of bee management for honey production
  • Providing crucial pollination services for agriculture and ecosystems

Who should enrol in this Certificate III in Beekeeping AHC31818?

The 36-week beekeeping course is designed for both commercial beekeepers and passionate amateur beekeepers. Whether you aspire to pursue beekeeping as a profession or simply nurture your love for these incredible creatures, this course equips you with the necessary skills and knowledge for success.

Experience practical learning at our Eden Park Training Centre:

Our beekeeping course emphasises immersive and practical learning. You will receive hands-on training at our Eden Park training centre, located in Melbourne's north. Select components of the course are delivered online, allowing for accessible learning.

Don't miss this extraordinary opportunity to become a skilled beekeeper and make a positive impact on the environment and agricultural systems.

Enrol in our Certificate III in Beekeeping AHC31818 and embark on a fascinating journey into the world of bees!

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Career Pathways

Where will the Certificate III in Beekeeping AHC31818 take me?

This course prepares the learner for employment in commercial beekeeping enterprises. Graduates will have enhanced general knowledge and skills for recreational beekeeping.

Study Pathways

After completing the Certificate III in Beekeeping AHC31818, you may undertake training in higher level qualifications.

Course Details

How you will study

Each course has a dedicated learning method that is designed to let you thrive in your studies.

On-campus / Virtual classroom / Self-paced online learning

A blend of scheduled on-campus and virtual learning, with additional activities completed outside of the classroom through Melbourne Polytechnic’s digital platforms. Visit the How You'll Study page for more information.

Class Schedule

Online classes are conducted one night per week from 6pm to 9pm.

Practical classes are delivered in 8 blocks on site at Northern Lodge at Eden Park campus Friday – Sunday)

  • Semester 1 (1 block every 4-5 weeks x 4)
  • Semester 2 (1 block every 4-5 weeks x 4)

Assessment Methods

Observation, Written Assessment, Oral Questioning.

Units of Study

The hours displayed are nominal, actual classroom hours delivered may differ. Please contact us for the latest student contact hours information.

Code Subject Elective Hours
AHCBEK203 Open and reassemble a beehive Core 20
AHCBEK205 Prepare and use a bee smoker Core 10
AHCBEK206 Assemble and maintain beekeeping components Core 25
AHCBEK301 Manage honey bee swarms Core 15
AHCBEK302 Manipulate honey bee brood Core 30
AHCBEK303 Re-queen a honey bee colony Core 30
AHCBEK304 Remove a honey crop from a hive Core 20
AHCBEK310 Process raw wax into moulds Elective 20
AHCBEK311 Transport bee hives by road to new apiary site Core 50
AHCBEK312 Extract honey Core 20
AHCBEK313 Manage pests and disease within a honey bee colony Core 60
AHCBEK405 Select and establish an apiary site Core 50
AHCBEK408 Provide bee pollination services Elective 20
AHCBEK409 Rear queen bees Elective 50
AHCBIO303 Apply biosecurity measures Elective 100
AHCPCM204 Recognise plants Elective 40
AHCWHS301 Contribute to work health and safety processes Core 50
AHCWRK306 Comply with industry quality assurance requirements Core 40

Industry-backed training

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Help your employees embark on a journey into the world of beekeeping with our nationally recognised apiculture course.

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Fees & Costs

Tuition Fees
Concession Government subsidised fee Non-subsidised fee
Tuition fee $420 $2100 $7800
Maximum annual amenities $175 $250 $250
Total payable $595 $2350 $8050
Per year $0
Per semester $0

The student tuition fees as published are subject to change given individual circumstances at enrolment.

Displayed course fees are indicative only. There are many variables that impact the total amount of your full course costs including qualification for government subsidies, concessions or recognition of prior learning. Tuition fees do not include the cost of student amenities or material costs.

This training is delivered with Victorian and Commonwealth Government funding. Contact us to find out if you’re eligible for a Government subsidy.

Melbourne Polytechnic offers a range of payment options to help you pay your tuition fees, so you can get on with your studies.

Fees displayed are effective for new applications received on or after 1 November 2021. Tuition fees do not include textbooks, course materials or overseas student health insurance and visa fees.

After initial deposit, international students are able to pay tuition fees in installments, four times per year.

For more detailed information please read the International Student Fees.

Fees explained

The fees for those ineligible for a government-funded enrolment. 

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The cost of tuition for those eligible for government funding.

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Concession fees are charged at 20 per cent of the standard fees for enrolments in Certificate I to IV courses. To be eligible students must meet Skills First eligibility criteria and present a valid:

  • Commonwealth Health Care card, or
  • Pensioner Concession card, or
  • Any dependent spouse or dependent child of one of the above cardholders, or
  • Veterans Gold card.

The following groups are eligible for concession fees from Certificate I to Advanced Diploma level:

  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students
  • Asylum Seekers and victims of human trafficking

Additional expenses

The Student Services and Amenities Fee is charged at forty cents (40 cents) per student contact hour and is capped over a twelve (12) month period, effective from the enrolment date, to:

  • $250 for full fee-paying students; and
  • $175 for concession-paying students studying Certificate I, II, III, or IV.

Amenities fees are used to improve non-academic services including libraries, counselling services, student support, and recreational activities.

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There are no entry requirements for this qualification.

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