Training – Ongoing Learning

BKA Basic Assessment 2022

The BKA Basic Assessment is the basic beekeeping qualification of the British Beekeepers Association. It enables candidates to show they are a competent beekeeper with a basic understanding of good beekeeping husbandry, and it also provides the foundation to complete other practical beekeeping assessments.

On successful completion of the assessment, the candidate will receive an official BBKA certificate.

To be eligible to take the assessment, candidates must have been keeping their own bees for at least a year.

Preston & District Beekeepers run a short course to help members prepare and successfully complete the Basic Assessment.

It consists of 4 x taught sessions and 2 x practical sessions, followed by the Assessment.

Please see the assessment syllabus below for details.

Download.ashx (bbka.org.uk)

The course will run as follows:

Session 1 – Introduction.  Thursday, 21st April , 7.30-8.30.  Zoom session – log in details to follow.

Outline of the course & the assessment, syllabus, provisional dates for practical sessions & the assessment, payment of fees and exam entry.  This is a chance to find out more about the course & the assessment before you pay.

Session 2 – Natural History. 5th May  7.30-9.30, at Horsfield Engineering, Horsfield Place, Rough Hey Road, Grimsargh, Preston, PR2 5AR.

Session 3 – Bee Health.   19th May  7.30-9.30, at Horsfield Engineering, Horsfield Place, Rough Hey Road, Grimsargh, Preston, PR2 5AR.

Session 4 – Swarming.     26th May  7.30-9.30, at Horsfield Engineering, Horsfield Place, Rough Hey Road, Grimsargh, Preston, PR2 5AR.

Session 5 – Beekeeping Knowledge.   9th June , 7.30-9.30, Horsfield Engineering, Horsfield Place, Rough Hey Road, Grimsargh, Preston, PR2 5AR.

Practical sessions.  These will be held at the club apiary, the Joe Birkby Teaching apiary. The dates are to be confirmed and will also be weather dependent.

Assessment: The assessor will be Paul Roberts, Master Beekeeper, Ormskirk & Croston BKA. The date and times of the assessment to be discussed.

Costs:
Course Fee; £20.00 payable to Preston & District Beekeepers.
Assessment Fee; £25.00 payable to BBKA

For more information or to book a place please contact:
Jane Hassall         jhassall@btinternet.com  07881443050
Jan Elkins             
jan.elkins@me.com  07919523929