Vancouver Beekeeping Courses

Become a beekeeper
        There are a number of organizations offering beekeeping courses in the Vancouver area.  This is a list of some of the Schools : B.C. Bee Supply (Burnaby);  Urban Bee Supplies (Delta);  Honeybee Centre (Surrey);  Dancing Bee Apiary in Aldergrove; Honeyland Canada in Pitt Meadows;  Campbell's Gold in Abbotsford ; Capilano University in North Vancouver; Environmental Youth Alliance in Vancouver; and Langara College in Vancouver.   We offer a number of free introduction to beekeeping classes in May-June at Cottonwood Garden in Vancouver.  While hands on beekeeping experience is a must there are a few free online beekeeping courses available that are very useful.  Ohio State University Bee Lab has created a free "Honey Bee Biology and Beekeeping Course" based on Dr. Reed Johnson's for-credit OSU Beekeeping Course.  The course consists of video lectures, handouts and readings that can be accessed through iTunes.  They need volunteers to review the course and offer suggestions.  To be a volunteer to review this course fill out this simple registration to receive a link to the course.  Another good, free online beekeeping course, "Honey Bees and Colony Strength Evaluation"  (you may log in as a guest) is presented by the University of California.  This course is offered in modules covering topics from very basic beginner beekeeping information to more advanced colony strength evaluation so that the student can choose the module suited to their skill level.  

Greater Vancouver Beekeeping Organizations:
Richmond Beekeepers Association Meeting dates: Second Tuesday or every month (excluding June-August). Meeting Location:
Kinsmen Nature Pavilion from 7:30-9pm, 11851 Westminster Hwy, Richmond

Langley Bee Club  Meeting dates: 1st Tuesday of each month (excluding June-August). Meeting Location: St. Andrews Church Hall, 20955 Old Yale Road, Langley BC
Surrey Bee Club-  Meeting dates: 3rd Wednesday of the Month
Meeting Location: The Honeybee Centre starts at 7pm.  7480 176 St, Surrey

North Shore Beekeeping Club
Burnaby Bee Club - Meeting Dates: 2nd Monday of each month. Meeting Location: 5234 Rumble Street - Contact jobobic@telus.net
Chilliwack Bee Club - Meeting Dates: 4th Wednesday of Every Month. Meeting Location: The Chilliwack Library from 7-8:30pm. Contact: Laura Cameron chilliwackbeekeepers@gmail. com
North Fraser Bee Club (Maple Ridge) Meeting dates: 4th Monday of the Month. Meeting Location: Grow & Gather Garden Center; 7:30pm-9:00pm.  24565 Dewdney Trunk Road, Maple Ridge.
Squamish Beekeepers AssociationStein Hoff fredahoff@yahoo. ca , 604-898-4188
Maple Ridge Beekeepers AssociationRaena Dumas raenadumas@hotmail. com   604-786-5245
Sea to Sky Beekeepers  
Sunshine Coast Beekeepers 
Point Roberts Bee Club - Meeting dates: The 4th Monday of the month. Meeting Location: Point Roberts Community Center at 1487 Gulf Road. Contact: sfalkjd@gmail.com or thelittlegoldenharp@gmail.com
Pemberton Bee Club Contact: Delores Frans Los, Email: dfflos@hotmail.com
 

Below is a list of some of the local beekeeping courses available.

2018

January - Commercial Beekeeping Program
Commercial Beekeeping is a full-time, 11-month program. Through classes, hands-on training, and work experience, you’ll have the skills to start and manage an operation of up to 300 colonies. This career training is a non-university credit program. BC, along with many other parts of the world are facing a shortage of beekeepers. Pollination services are currently in high demand—especially in the Lower Mainland and Fraser Valley region—and the price of honey is at an all-time high. Students who complete the program will be prepared to enter a diverse and in-demand industry.
For more information go to Kwantlen Polytechnic University.


April 12 or 14 - Examining your Bee Hives
Learn how to conduct a full hive exam, how to identify the different castes of the Honey bee, how to spot and mark your queen!  You will learn how to identify the various life stages of the Honey bee and how to spot brood disease in your bee hives.  Learn the importance of record keeping and registering your apiary.  This class is suitable for beekeepers with little or no experience.  Class size will be small to facilitate lots of open discussion and maximize time in the hives for everyone.  Each student will need their own protective gear (which can be purchased here).  The classes will be held at 6328 264 Street, Aldergrove.  Cheques can be made payable to Dancing Bee Apiary and mailed to 6328 264th St. Aldergrove V4W 1P4.  If you prefer to pay by cash or credit card please call us at 604-341-8929 to arrange for your payment.  We also accept payments via interac email transfers to our email at shelley@dancingbeeapiary.com.  Once your payment is received your spot in our class is secured.
10 am - 2pm   $75


April 21-22 - The Fundamentals of Beekeeping 
The course is delivered in 8 modules, covering the core principles that support best practices in beekeeping. This course is intended for anyone interested in keeping bees, whether you plan to have one colony or 300, this puts you on the right path to success and honey abundance! Class runs from 9am-5pm on Saturday and Sunday.
All students will be given the option to attend a field day in May where we'll go into the hives with you and solidify all the knowledge. This additional course will have a minimal fee for those that wish to attend.  
Woodwards Building, 333 Abbott,  $295.  To register go here.

April 22 - Introductory Workshop on Beekeeping
4 hour plus a live inspection for absolute or near beginners with an emphasis on treatment free beekeeping.  Burnaby  $150  To register go here

April 26 or 28 - Making Splits and Nucs
Learn when and how to make a split from your existing hives.  Several methods will be discussed and practised.  You will learn how to create a nuc with or without a new queen available and how to successfully make splits in your own beeyard.  This class is suitable for new beekeepers and those with some experience maintaining hives. Cheques can be made payable to Dancing Bee Apiary and mailed to 6328 264th St. Aldergrove V4W 1P4.  If you prefer to pay by cash or credit card please call us at 604-341-8929 to arrange for your payment.  We also accept payments via interac email transfers to our email at shelley@dancingbeeapiary.com.  Once your payment is received your spot in our class is secured.
10 am - 2 pm $75

May 12 - Beekeeping Course Level 2
Prerequisite: beekeepers who completed level 1 or have minimum 2 years beekeeping experience.
Course Length: 8 hours.
Course content covers:
  • swarm control and hive splitting;
  • 2 queen system colonies;
  • Queen bee rearing;
  • hive re-Queening;
  • production and processing of hive products (bee venom, pollen, propolis and royal jelly);
  • comb honey production

Date: May 12 2018 (Sat)
Class times: 9:30 am to 5:30 pm
Cost: $99 + Tax 

Honeyland, Pitt Meadows to register go here.



June 16-17 - Beekeeping Course Level 1
Course Length: 16 hours + one field day (To be determined based on applicants and Dr.Bee beekeeping team scheduling)
This course is designed for those who wish to learn about the basics of honeybee biology, hive products, and the fundamentals of beekeeping. Suitable for hobbyist beekeepers, backyard growers, or people looking get more involved in the beekeeping industry.
Course content covers:
  • bee biology and colony behaviour;
  • hive management (spring, summer and fall management plus overwintering bees);
  • building bee hives and frames, and use of hive equipment ;
  • hive manipulations;
  • removing and extracting honey;
  • pharmacological properties and uses of honey, pollen, propolis and royal jelly;
  • bee nutrition and feeding hives;
  • prevention and control of pests and diseases of bees;
  • marketing hive products;
  • plants and crop pollination
  • beekeeping by-law in B.C.
  • organic beekeeping

Date: June 16 – 17 2018 (Sat and Sun)
Class times: 9:30 am to 5:30 pm
Cost: $215 + Tax

Honeyland, Pitt Meadows to register go here

June 22-24 - Basic Beekeeping Course
This course will give you the knowledge to begin keeping bees.  It is designed for anyone who is interested in beekeeping, whether it's two hives in your own back yard up to a fifty hive semi-commercial beekeeping operation.  The course is made up of three classroom based days which cover the biology and management tasks you can expect to encounter in a basic beekeeping operation.
Price includes the text book "Beekeeping in Western Canada".  Course registration fee is refundable 30 days prior to course.
Dates:
Fri, Jun 22: 9:00 - 4:00
Sat, Jun 23: 9:00 - 4:00
Sun, Jun 24: 9:00 - 4:00



  • Registration:   $249




  • Additional Family Member:   $199
  • To Register contact the Honeybee Centre     


  • June 23 - Beekeeping Level 3 
    Prerequisite: beekeepers have taken level 1 and level 2 or having 5-year beekeeping experience.
    Course Length: 10 hours.
    This course is suitable for sideline or commercial beekeepers.
    Course content covers:
    • Queen Selection and breeding program;
    • certification of your honey house;

    Date: June 23 2018 (Sat) Class times: 9:00 am to 6:00 pm Cost: $109 + Tax
    Honeyland, Pitt Meadows to register go here

    * For Candle making, lip balm making, mead making, creams and salve making contact the Honeybee Centre.
      
      

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