Diploma of Excellence in Bee Farming
An adult education scheme developed for those wishing to achieve the highest professional level in bee farming
Introduction to the Diploma
Bee Farming is going through a transformation. The BFA apprenticeship scheme in association with Rowse has created 30 new bee farmers in recent years. The diploma extends that level professional competency to adult new entrant bee farmers and by delivery of Continuous Professional Development (CPD), to existing bee farmers.
The diploma is delivered and administered by The Bee Farmers Association (BFA) and is underwritten by The Worshipful Company of Wax Chandlers in conjunction with City and Guilds (C&G) and the Livery Companies Skills Council (LCSC).
The diploma is City & Guilds level 4 and equivalent to Certificate of Higher Education or Higher National Certificate
What is required to join the Diploma course?
The course is designed for aspiring professional bee farmers.
Applicants undergo an initial assessment which will take into account prior experience, qualifications, and/or a portfolio of evidence. The applicant will have a fair opportunity to demonstrate their interest and ability.
Download your application form HERE
What is involved in the Diploma course?
The diploma course is modular.
There are 15 mandatory modules which are required to be completed.
There are a further 11 optional modules from which the diploma student may select and complete to amass an additional 3 modules.
The student must also complete 4 weeks practical work on a bee farm.
The student activities and course work are recorded using an on-line portfolio called Onefile.
It is expected that the diploma will take 3 years to complete.
Click HERE for the list of modules
What do you learn?
Introduction to beekeeping • Anatomy • Microscopy • Diseases • Integrated Pest Management • Pollen and nutrition • Botany and forage sources • Queen rearing and stock improvement • Seasonal Management • The modern processing and uses of wax • Bottling and presentation • Equipment cleansing and recovery • Setting up a business • Finance • Business structures • Marketing • The competitive environment • The industry worldwide. • First Aid • Health and safety • Food hygiene
Time spent on a working Bee Farm gives you practical experience of the business.
Upon completion of the diploma course you will be presented with your certificate.