2b577130 4031 0134 bf21 06588b405edd

Complete Backyard Beekeeper (3 sessions)



Book Now (http://weteachme.com/l/DPs3SFwr)


Next course: Wednesday 5th and 12th September and Sunday 23rd September 2018

Did you buy a flow hive or have you already started in beekeeping but want to know more? Maybe you are just looking to learn more about how to manage a beehive as part of your permaculture setup? This course provides you with all the skills and experience required to safely and effectively manipulate a bee hive and carrying out general management practices.

With content based upon Certificate III in Beekeeping, this course is recommended for people who have already completed an introduction to backyard beekeeping course but this is not compulsory. The course is delivered using both indoor and outdoor instruction and is suitable for participants aged from 14 years onwards.

In addition to providing you with a broad understanding of the history and biology of a colony of European honey bees, at the end of the course participants will be able to;

Identify bee life cycles

Understand a bee colony

Understand the terminology used in the beekeeping industry

Identify beehive component parts

Manage bee colonies for survival and productivity

Inspect and manipulate a bee hive

The course runs over three sessions; 2 Wednesday evenings from 6.30pm to 9.00pm and 1 Saturday morning 9.30am to 12.00pm where you will spend time at the hives so you get practical hands on experience. In addition to the hands on component at the beehives, the course also has a significant proportion of class time with plenty of time for questions and answers.

Course content:

Protective clothing and occupational health and safety

Hive components and assembly

Bee biology and seasonal management

Honey flora


Diseases and pests of bees

Extracting honey

Inspecting hive for disease

Honey marketing, food safety and record keeping

Purchasing hives

Other products from the hive

Optional purchase: The Australian Beekeeping Manual by Robert Owen $45

**Clothing: As you will be working outdoors it is important to wear sturdy footwear with no open toes.
Also please remember long trousers and a long sleeve shirt with collar if possible. All bee suits and
gloves are provided. If you have your own, it is OK to bring it so long as it has been washed (to
help protect our hive biosecurity)

CERES members and concession holders are entitled to a 10% discount. Enter "ceresmember" under the promotion and gifts code field.

*Please note that the CERES member or concession discount does not apply to "Bring-A-Friend" tickets which are already discounted

Trainer Bio: Benedict Hughes – The Practical Beekeeper

Benedict Hughes is a well-known registered Beekeeper. As The Practical Beekeeper he collects swarms, manages hives, extracts honey, teaches and loves bees. Benedict is a member of the Beekeeper State Quarantine Response Team with the Victorian Government (emergency beekeeper). He is the resident Beekeeper at Ceres in Brunswick and is approved by the City of Darebin to keep bees in Darebin Parklands and Bundoora Park Farm. Benedict is qualified as a trainer and assessor and regularly runs sessions about bees and about backyard beekeeping for kids and adults. He can be found on Facebook as “PracticalBeekeeper”.

You can find him on Facebook and Instagram as The Practical Beekeeper

For Information on our cancellation policy please click here

+ More
What you will learn
  • How to successfully get started in Beekeeping
  • Manage bee colonies for survival and productivity
  • Gain confidence to inspect your hive and identify diseases and pests of bees
What you will get
  • Full set of course notes provided
  • The opportunity to meet other new beekeepers
  • A greater appreciation for the amazing honey bee

What to bring
  • Notepad
  • Writing materials
What to wear

Long sleeves and pants

Appropriate for

Those who have an interest in a comprehensive and seasonal course



Vendor since 2013

CERES - Centre for Education and Research in Environmental Strategies, is an award winning, not-for-profit, sustainability centre located on 4.5 hectares on the Merri Creek in East Brunswick, Melbourne.

It is also a thriving community, an urban farm, Australia’s largest deliverer of environmental education, an event and conference venue and a place rich with social and cultural diversity. CERES is recognised as an international leader in community and environmental practice.

Built on a decommissioned rubbish tip that was once a bluestone quarry, today CERES is a vibrant eco-oasis. 350,000 people visit CERES each year. Many more engage with us through our Sustainable Schools program which takes sustainable education into schools across the state.

CERES’ green technology displays, buildings, education and training programs and social enterprises (CERES’ Organic Market, Café, Permaculture Nursery and Fair Food organics delivery) demonstrate food security, sustainable agriculture, energy efficiencies, renewables and water conservation in action.

CERES is a model for a future with sustainability, innovation and connectedness at its heart.

Come, be welcome, you never know what you will find on our rambling paths.

+ More
2 Reviews
5 stars
4 stars
3 stars
2 stars
1 star

05 March 2018 • Complete Backyard Beekeeper (3 sessions)

Wonderful course! I learnt so much about bees and the course was a great mix of theory and practical work. Would highly recommend everyone interested in bees and beekeeping to do it. Thanks Ceres.


11 October 2016 • Complete Backyard Beekeeper (3 sessions)

Great environment. Benedict is patient and kind and very knowledgeable. He shared his knowledge and skills with us, inspiring and motivating. Extremely enjoyable and educating.