This class provides you with a hands on learning experience with bees while being guided by an expert in back yard bees. Josh will teach you everything you need to know to be making honey by the Litre!

This class includes both theory and practice which allows you to put a suit on and open up a hive! Josh will also show you the bees and the make up of the hive and colony.

The class covers all aspects of setting up and managing a bee colony in your own backyard. This is a fantastic class especially if you are new to bees because we take you through the husbandry, safety, honey extraction, hive selection, swarm and queen selection!

The aim is for participants to gain a basic knowledge of honeybees and the methods of keeping them in a backyard environemnt. 

We will provide you with the protective gear to wear for the class or feel free to bring your own!

Some things you will learn:

  • Honey bee biology and behaviour
  • Equipment for starting up a beehive we will demonstrate the different sorts of hives people are using
  • Regulations and location placement

You'll be making your own honey in know time!

You can now purchase the "Australian Beekeeping Manual" by Robert Owens through us. Please contact via email at to arrange your copy! 

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What you will learn
  • How to get started with backyard beekeeping
  • How to manage your hive and extract the good stuff
  • About pests and diseases
What you will get
  • Detailed notes for the class
  • Plain language instruction on how and where to get a hive
  • Practical experience up close to the hive (protective suits provided)

What to bring
  • You will need to bring loose clothing and advise us of any allergies prior to the class (especially allergies to bees!)
  • Notepad
What to wear

Casual loose fittingclothes

Appropriate for

Anyone interested in beekeeping



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The skill-shop provides hard to get and quality skills.  

With its headquarters in Western Victoria - we seek to provide opportunities for people living regionally to be part of exciting workshops and classes that typically might not be available.  We also seek to give people from cities and regional centres an opportunity to see some amazing places while growing a new skill.

Many of our classes are based at the Hamilton Insititute of Rural Learning (HIRL).  HIRL is an amazing venue spread across 15 acres and bordering a 100 acre Eastern Barred Bandicoot recovery enclosure.  It is the perfect place to connect in community and learn together. 

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Terms & Conditions

Anyone participating in any classes or coming to any events at Skill Shop or organised by Skill Shop must agree to these terms and conditions.


  • Any damage, loss or theft incurred to personal property brought into Skill Shop’s premises.
  • Any physical injuries sustained as a result of participating in any class or event organised by Skill Shop.

The Skill Shop provides classes taught by people with real industry skills.  Our classes are about participation, fun and learning.

Our classes are non-accredited, they don’t give you any ‘licences to drive’ so repeat after me……. I agree to take on full responsibility for any damages, injuries and for physical and/or personal property, which I might incur whilst participating in classes and/or events organised by the Skill Shop.


I agree to give Skill Shop unrestricted publishing rights for any photographs or videos taken at Skill Shop classes and events or on Skill Shop’s premises.

We only use these through newsletters and social media – if you have a real problem with it, just let us know before class.


Skill Shop requires 72 hours notice in writing prior to the class for a full refund. Just let us know at  If you miss the deadline, consider paying your ticket forward to a friend.


At the Skill Shop we do our very best to ensure all scheduled classes run.  Sometimes life happens and we may need to cancel if there is an illness or we just don’t get enough participants for the class.

We try to have at least 5 in any class – but if we have to cancel we’ll let you know via email and SMS as soon as possible.  A full refund or credit will be issued.


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23 February 2018 • Starting up with backyard bees

Very informative afternoon. Got a great amount of information which I have already used.


21 November 2017 • Starting up with backyard bees

It was a good informative course and cleared up a lot of questions I didn't previously know. The venue was good and receiving the Australian Beekeeping Guide was a real bonus. I do think that the course could have been a bit longer eg 5 hours as some topics seemed to be a bit rushed and a few topics on the powerpoint presentation were glossed over.

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