Once you have completed a beginners’ course and have some experience of keeping bees for at least a year, you can take the BBKA Basic Assessment. This is completely practical process with no written exams and involves spending about an hour with BBKA Assessor where you conduct an inspection on a colony of bees away from your own apiary and answer simple questions on bees and beekeeping generally from some of the subjects listed in the syllabus as found on the BBKA website.
With a 96% pass rate, the BBKA Basic Assessment should not put off anyone. Whilst the syllabus may look daunting at first glance, closer inspection will show that it merely lists the basic things which all beekeepers should know.
To apply for the assessment, complete the Application Form and have the qualification section signed by your tutor or officer from your association and then send it with the appropriate fee to the HBA honorary secretary who will contact you with further details.