BBKA Modules and Assessments – Applications

The British Beekeepers’ Association (BBKA) runs a varied education programme leading to a range of examinations in apiculture.

COVID-19 Notice: Please note that from 23rd March 2020 until the end of 2020 all BBKA exams and assessments have been cancelled. You can check the latest information at the BBKA website.

BBKA ModulesThe closing date for BBKA Modules to be taken on 21 March 2020 is 10 February. All applications to take modules must be sent to Pauline Cooke, Hideaway, Grosvenor Road, Medstead, ALTON, GU34 5JE or by email to Pauline
Bee Health AssessmentThe closing date for the Bee Health Assessment is 28 February and dates for the assessments will be agreed with local association Education Co-ordinators to take place during the summer. All applications for the Bee Health Certificate should be sent to Jean Frost either by email or by post to 5 Pound Close, Upper Wield, ALRESFORD, SO24 9SH
General Husbandry and Advanced HusbandryDates for the General Husbandry and Advanced Husbandry assessments are agreed between the Exam Officer at BBKA and the candidate.
Application forms for all practical assessments must be sent to 6 Pound Close, Upper Wield, ALRESFORD, SO24 9SH or by email to Jean
Basic AssessmentDates for the Basic Assessment are agreed with local association Education co-ordinators and take place during the summer. The closing date for the Basic assessment is one month prior to taking the assessment, and the last assessment is on 31 August. However, in order for Jean to be able to co-ordinate dates with the assessors, if possible the application forms should be to be with Jean by 30 April.
This means that it is important to decide as soon as possible if you would like to take the assessment and if your association offers a ‘refresher course’ find out and book your place as soon as you can.

Please note that the two boxes at the foot of the forms should be completed (with Jean’s name and contact details or Pauline’s), and the candidate’s BBKA membership number and, if paying direct, their receipt number clearly marked in the relevant box. Please note the following regarding payment for entry to the Basic Assessment:

Payment for entering the Basic Assessment: The BBKA has launched a facility for candidates . You can now pay the entry fees for the Basic Assessment Examination through the BBKA web shop rather than having to telephone the office to pay by card. Please go to the BBKA shop, click on Exam Payments and follow the instructions. Click here for a screenshot of what to expect. Please be aware that the entry form itself must still be sent to Jean as described above, and that your order number for the payment must be entered on that form as proof of payment. The BBKA looks forward to receiving the majority of Basic fees through the online shop as enrollment coincides with the swarm season when the office staff are often at their busiest.

Please note that, at present, this method of payment applies only for the Basic Assessment.

The BBKA website has the syllabi for all exams and assessments and details of all charges and closing dates.

Within the HBA we facilitate local training towards the Basic, General Husbandry and other Assessments for our members, often in conjunction with other local associations, and these may be listed on this website as ‘Upcoming events’.