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Introductory Beekeeping Course

*** Due to the current COVID-19 situation, we will be unable to conduct our in-person Introductory Beekeeping courses in 2021. We are concerned about keeping our participants safe during the course and we will be planning to conduct a live, virtual course. In the late winter, we will have our on-line registration process ready for the virtual course in early May. ***

If you are interested in taking our live, virtual, 2-day beekeeping course in 2021, please email to be put on a list of people who will be contacted with course and registration information. Later in the winter, we will send an update to this list with more information. Also, please check our website for updates.

LIVE VIRTUAL COURSE UPDATE: Registration (and payment) will be online, through Eventbrite. When it is all set up and ready to go, the registration link will be sent out by email and posted on our website.

DATE: Saturday May 1st and Sunday May 2nd, 2021

COST: $100.00 per person, before tax and registration fees

Our Beekeeping Course

Dr. Guzman and Paul Kelly run the very popular Introductory Beekeeping hands-on course for beginner and established beekeepers seeking more in-depth knowledge about bees and the beekeeping industry.

The course is normally held onsite at the Honey Bee Research Centre on the last weekend in April and again on the first weekend of May. The cost is $300 plus HST.

Course Overview:

  • Combination of lectures, demonstrations, and hands-on experience with bee hives
  • Small group format
  • Topics include basic bee biology, getting started in beekeeping, equipment, site selection, colony inspections, seasonal hive management, extracting and processing honey, disease and pest control, and beekeeping regulations.
  • Instructors: Paul Kelly (Staff Apiarist), Dr. Ernesto Guzman (Apiculture Professor) and other HBRC staff members.

Please check out our 60 free You Tube “How-To” beekeeping videos! The video tab is at the top of this page.

You may want to contact the Ontario Beekeepers’ Association to register for one of their excellent courses. Here is a link to the course page on their website:

Other online beekeeping courses:  Province of British Columbia Intro to Beekeeping; PennState Extension Beekeeping 101