New Zealand Certificate in Apiculture (Level 3)

Interested in bee keeping? Want to join a growth industry that is dynamic and rewarding?

New Zealand horticulture depends on bees for pollination so you'll be playing a vital role in the industry. You could learn your trade right here with this course.

You learn all about hive management, bee behaviour, disease control and safe working strategies. And you get the chance to practise, because the success or failure of any hive is based on the decisions you make as a bee keeper.

Become a bee keeper and play a part in New Zealand's booming horticulture industry. You will also ensure Kiwis continue to enjoy awesome natural honey for breakfast.

Content Details

During the course, you'll study:

PRMY.3101: Lifecycles, Behaviour and Products
PRMY.3102: Bee Transportation, Site Selection and Nutrition
PRMY.3103 :Beehive Maintenance, Feeding and Harvesting
PRMY.3104: Principles of Beehive Health
PRMY.3105: Beehive Pest and Disease Control


Planned intakes*: February
Delivery modes: Full-time
Locations*: Tauranga (Windermere Campus)
Duration: 1 semester

* subject to change. Intakes may vary between locations.

To see full details of the next available intake please visit the application form.

Indicative Fees

2018 domestic students $3,289.00

The fee shown for domestic students is applicable to New Zealand citizens and permanent residents. If an international fee is not listed above please refer to the international fees page. All fees are indicative only and subject to change.

You MAY be eligible for a StudyLink Student Loan for your tuition fees.

Find out if your programme qualifies by visiting the Studylink website.

If you also need to pay course related costs, i.e. if outlined in programme costs above, you need to apply separately to StudyLink (up to $1,000/academic year for eligible students). Note course related costs are paid directly into your bank account by StudyLink and you will be required to pay this to Toi Ohomai Institute of Technology.

Qualifications Gained

Upon successfully completing the requirements you'll receive the award of:

  • New Zealand Certificate in Apiculture (Level 3)

Career Opportunities

  • Assistant beekeeper for a commercial operator
  • Independent beekeeper with a small number of beehives

Entry Criteria

  • Open entry.

Other Considerations
You must be physically capable of completing the practical aspects of the course.


International applicants for whom English is not their first language will be required to show evidence of language competency, issued within the last two years, before being eligible to enrol in any non-English programme. The level of competency required is outlined in Rule 18 and Appendix 2 of the NZQF Programme and Accreditation Rules 2013. And below under the title English Competency.

English Competency

Level 3 certificate IELTS General or Academic score of 5 with no band score lower than 5 or completed NZ Certificate in English Language L3 with an endorsement of either General, Workplace or Academic, or meets a relevant English Proficiency Outcome as outlined in Rule 18 and Appendix 2 of the NZQF Programme and Accreditation Rules 2013.

For domestic applicants for whom English is not their first language, evidence of language competency may be required.