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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 and instead, we will be conducting a live, virtual course in May ***

SCHEDULE OF TOPICS COVERED: A confirmed course program will be posted on the Eventbrite event page and sent out to registered participants shortly before the course date. Click on the link below for a TENTATIVE course program:

LIVE VIRTUAL COURSE: Registration (and payment) is online, through Eventbrite. Participants will be able to access a recording of the course for one week after the course completion.

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

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

SIGN UP HERE: Click HERE to REGISTER for the live, virtual, online course!

Our (In-Person) Beekeeping Course

We plan to resume our in-person courses in 2022!

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