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); locally Homestead Junction at 649 E. Hastings; Dancing Bee Apiary in Aldergrove; 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.  Below is a list of some of the local beekeeping courses available.


November 19 - Beginner Beekeeping Workshop
3 hour classroom - 3 hour beeyard instruction.
Basic Hive Management. Honey Harvesting , IPM.
Over Wintering , Basic Bee Biology , Swarm Control.
$ 150.00 per person, plus GST
Contact: B.C. Bee Supply (Burnaby) - Beekeeping workshops are available through Jan 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.

January 20th - B.C. Government "Introduction to Beekeeping Webinar"
     This course is offered for free and is open to anyone. The course is a simplified and shorter version of the Classroom course. It covers a full range of topics related to beekeeping management, disease diagnosis and controls.
     The course involves four webinar sessions on consecutive Saturday mornings from 0900 - 1130 (PST). Prior to each session, registrants will receive an email with suggested reading materials and references. There is no lab session or field day. 

     If you wish to be notified when course details and registration become available, please send an email to Paul van Westendorp with your name, email address and location. The email address is the key for id purposes. In early January, all the names on the Notification List will receive an email to confirm and activate their registration.  Their email address is recorded by the service provider so that the course participant can access each of the live webinars.  It also enables course registrants to revisit each webinar afterwards for about two months.

January 20-21st - Beginner Beekeeping Course
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 both 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 an minimal fee for those that wish to attend.  Location: Vancouver Fairmont Waterfront Hotel    Cost: $349   Register online here.



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