Presented by the Atlantic Tech Transfer Team for Apiculture and Extended Learning, Fundamentals of Beekeeping is a fully online program that provides production skills and beekeeping knowledge timed specifically to the annual beekeeping cycle for both new and experienced beekeepers alike. Fundamentals of Beekeeping will give you the skills and knowledge to expand your operation and prepare you to become a successful commercial beekeeper.
To acquire the Fundamentals of Beekeeping certificate, you must successfully complete all four courses below with a final grade of 70% or higher. For further information about each course, navigate through the menu to the right or click on the links below.
All courses will consist of both synchronous and asynchronous learning. Scheduling of synchronous sessions will be communicated well in advance. Textbooks will be provided.
Who Should Attend
Anyone whose primary responsibility and interest is the care and progression of the apiary are encouraged to enroll – apiary persons, hobbyists and upcoming commercial beekeepers looking to improve skills.
Eligible participants may qualify for funding through the Canada Job Grant Program. Please contact your provincial partner for more information.
Nova Scotia: Workplace Innovation Productivity Skills Initiative (WIPSI)
New Brunswick: Canada New Brunswick Job Grant
Prince Edward Island: Business Development Program
Newfoundland: Canada NL Job Grant
Funding may also be available through your provincial Departments of Agriculture. To inquire contact your local office.
Andrew Byers - Senior Apiculturist/Program Lead, ATTTA
While growing up and working on farms in northern Nova Scotia, Andrew developed a lifelong interest in animal biology. Looking for opportunities to begin a career in this field, Andrew left Canada and spent over twenty years working and studying abroad. While in England, Andrew was privileged to undertake an MSc at the Royal Agricultural College, an institution that has been at the forefront of agricultural and land-based education for over 175 years. On completion of his masters, Andrew was employed in higher education at several UK higher education institutions before beginning his doctorate studies at the University of Nottingham. Andrew’s Ph.D. investigations, related to environmental pollutions and reproductive physiology, significantly progressed the field of both human and animal fertility research. Always willing to learn, Andrew has additionally completed post-graduate qualifications in pedagogy and business management.
His own research interest in environmental biology and the intrigue of colony collapse of honey bees introduced Andrew to beekeeping. On returning to the Maritime region, previous, peripheral involvement in beekeeping became more of a primary focus. He has been very pleased to support the industry through colony inspections for both Nova Scotia and New Brunswick, as well as be involved with provincial and regional associations. Always an educator, now with a focus on beekeeping, Andrew continues to teach in higher education and keeps honey bees at both his family farm in Northern Nova Scotia and in central New Brunswick.
Andrew is excited about his role and is looking forward to sharing his beekeeping knowledge with the industry in the Atlantic region.
Monica Winkel - Apiculturist, ATTTA
As Apiculturist for the Atlantic Tech Transfer Team for Apiculture, Monica is excited to support this region’s beekeeping industry. Monica has a Bachelor of Science Honors degree in Wildlife Biology and Conservation from the University of Guelph. After graduating in 2019, Monica worked as part of the Technology Adaptation Team for the Saskatchewan Beekeepers Development Commission (SBDC). With the SBDC, she supported practical honeybee research focusing on pest monitoring strategies, treatment product comparisons and minimizing bio-security risks. Monica has obtained apiculture experience in Ontario, where she worked as a research assistant for the University of Guelph, supporting hoary squash bee research and honeybee research projects. In addition to her research skills, Monica has hands-on beekeeping experience from her time working for a commercial beekeeping and queen rearing operation in Ontario.
Monica has a background in field research and has supported various projects, such as ungulate parasite surveys in Alberta and using honeybees as bio-control vectors on berry farms in Ontario. Monica has also designed and delivered educational courses such as a wetlands-themed escape room with the BC Wildlife Federation and teaching elementary school students about honeybees through Agriculture in the Classroom Saskatchewan.