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Introductory Beekeeping Course

Our Beekeeping Course

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

The course is held onsite at the Honey Bee Research Centre on the last weekend in April (April 24 / 25 2021) and again on the first weekend of May (May 1 / 2 2021). 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.

We are no longer accepting applications for the 2020 introductory beekeeping course. If you are interested in taking one of our beekeeping courses next year please email   in the first week of January 2021. We will send out registration forms and course information around January 11, 2021.

You may want to contact the Ontario Beekeepers Association to register for one of their excellent courses. 2020 Workshop dates should be posted the first week of March. Here is a link to the course page on their website: