Course Description

Presented by the Atlantic Tech Transfer Team for Apiculture and Extended Learning, The Very Beeginnings is the first course in the Fundamentals of Beekeeping certificate. In this fully online course, you will become familiar with the Atlantic Canadian honeybee industry and acquire the introductory knowledge pertinent to setting up a bee operation.

Topics covered:

  • Honey Bee Biology Basics
  • ABCs of Setting Up
  • Spring Management
  • The Atlantic Bee Industry

Course Outline

Over the span of five days, you will work through the above topics in an online environment. The course activities will give you an opportunity to engage with and learn from other students, the course instructors and industry guests. Course activities may include but are not limited to:

  • Assigned readings
  • Demonstration videos
  • Discussions
  • Synchronous (live) sessions with instructors and industry experts
  • Quizzes
  • In-person apiary sessions 

The course will consist of both synchronous and asynchronous learning. Scheduling of synchronous sessions will be communicated well in advance. Textbooks will be provided. There will be an in-person tour and learning session at a Nova Scotia apiary on the Saturday. 


Participants will receive a Certificate of Completion upon successful completion of all 4 courses within the Fundamentals of Beekeeping program at 70% or higher.

Participants will also receive an additional Certificate of Participation for in-person attendance of the apiary tour. 

Applies Towards the Following Certificates

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