Course Description

In this two-day module, you will become familiar with the Atlantic Canadian Bee Industry including pertinent regulations. You will gain a good understanding and application of bee biology and look at business costs surrounding successful and profitable production.

Topics Covered

Includes a new online intro to Bee Terminology!

  • Introduction to the Industry
  • Bee Biology and Equipment
  • Health and Safety
  • ABC’s of Buying Bees

Assessment of the Industry

Through an introduction to the industry, you will begin to assess the bee industry in Atlantic Canada including honey production, hive splits and pollination. You will recognize the extent of the industry in the region including the economic importance of beekeeping.

Health and Safety

Within this topic area, you will become familiar with and recognize the operational safety, security and health regulations surrounding beekeeping. Personal protective equipment will be discussed along with how to deal with and avoid stings. Biosecurity protocols will be introduced and resources provided.

Application of Bee Biology

Do you need a better understanding of bee behaviour? By examining bee biology, you will be able to apply this knowledge to bee behaviour, colony organization and colony productivity. We will be taking an in-depth tour of bee life cycles, duties and seasonal sensitive behaviours and the implications for management including drone rearing, queen rearing and splitting.

Costs of Production

In this topic area, you will be exploring costs associated with bee production including equipment, start up and growth costs. You will also look at the ABC's  of buying bees and acquiring equipment.


All participants will receive a Certificate of Achievement upon completion of all 4 Modules with at grade of 70% in each course within the Modern Beekeeper Program. 


" Our provincial inspector was surprised by the knowledge we displayed, all as a result of this course!"

"An absolute must for all Beekeepers from beginning to experienced!"

Applies Towards the Following Certificates

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