Complete Backyard Beekeeper with Benedict Hughes (3 days)

What to Bring

  • Notepad
  • Writing materials

What to Wear

  • Long sleeves and pants, wide brimmed hat, washing up gloves

Complete Backyard Beekeeper with Benedict Hughes (3 days)

About This Class

Class Schedule

  • This workshop runs from 10:00 AM to 3.00 PM on
  • Saturday October 7th, 14th and 21st

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 Get

  • Full set of course notes provided
  • The opportunity to meet other new beekeepers
  • A greater appreciation for the amazing honey bee


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.

It 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 3 weeks, a total of three days delivered on consecutive Saturdays from 10.00am to 3.00pm. Each week we spend time at the hives so you get the most 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

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:

Who is 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.

Benedict regularly runs sessions about bees and about backyard beekeeping for kids and adults. He can be found on Facebook as “PracticalBeekeeper”

Here’s what a past student has to say about Benedict’s courses:

Erin, March 2016 - "Benedict is a fantastic teacher. Very knowledgeable, patient and happy to ask questions. He gave us a lot of information and practical guidance and skills. I feel very confident about getting my own hive...and I know who to call if I need help! I loved the balance of practical and theory in the session. I loved seeing the bees and being shown how to identify real things...finding grubs, the queen, different cells etc."


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Oct 2016

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.