BBKA Modules and Assessments – Applications

The British Beekeepers’ Association (BBKA) runs a varied education programme leading to a range of examinations in apiculture.
All applications for BBKA practical assessments and modular exams must now be made online.
For an application form, please contact Jean Frost (HBA Education Co-ordinator) at
Please note that paper application forms are no longer available. Payment for the exams and assessments can be made at the same time as an application.
For information about closing dates and cost of exams and assessments see below. This table and more information can be accessed via the Members Section of the BBKA website.

Important: Please read the important notes about module entry that follow this table.

FEE CLOSING DATE NOTES (also see appropriate syllabus
JUNIOR £5 As Basic Certificate Aged under 18 only in small groups
BASIC £25 1 month prior to taking the assessment May be held at any suitable apiary.
Normally small group of candidates examined on same day.
Last Assessment 31st August
MODULES £40 each 7th February
29th September
ALL MODULES held on 19th March 2022
ALL MODULES held on 12th November 2022
BEE HEALTH CERTIFICATE £40 28th February Must hold Basic Certificate.
May be held at any suitable apiary.
Normally small group of candidates examined on same day.
Last Assessment 31st July
BEE BREEDING CERTIFICATE £80 28th February Must hold Basic Certificate.
Held at apiary of Candidate
GENERAL CERTIFICATE in BEEKEEPING HUSBANDRY £80 28th February Must hold Basic Certificate.
Held at apiary of Candidate
ADVANCED CERTIFICATE in BEEKEEPING HUSBANDRY £120 28th February Must hold General Certificate in Beekeeping Husbandry.
To be held at Stoneleigh on on 27/28/29 May 2022 and 10/11/12 June 2022 depending on numbers
SHOW JUDGE £40 N/A Must hold Basic Certificate. See entry requirements in Prospectus
MICROSCOPY £80 31st August Must hold Basic Certificate. To be held at various venues 19th/20th November 2022 plus other dates as required
Syllibi changes take effect from January 2022
Please note that new syllibi and reading lists take effect for all 2022 modules. You can read these on the BBKA website. There are significant changes in all modules.

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Important Notes about Methods of Taking the Module Exams
Since November 2021, BBKA has run the online modules simultaneously with written modules. Candidates sit the same exam on the same day regardless of which they option they choose.
Shortly after the final date for entry, BBKA will require the online candidates to complete an online registration. Candidates will have a couple of weeks to do so. This is needed to check that each candidate has a suitable computer and that the software is installed and working.
You can see a demonstration of the online module exam on the BBKA website.
Please check out the FAQs on the BBKA website where you will find answers to many questions, including details of the computer systems that are suitable for online entrants. The list has been reduced because some systems proved hard for BBKA to support and for candidates to use.

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How to enter
Please note: all candidates need to email Jean Frost at Jean is HBA’s Education co-ordinator and will send an invitation to apply to take a module.
Invitations come pre-populated with the candidate’s details so each candidate needs to complete a form. This means that two candidates cannot share a form. However, candidates can apply to take more than one module on the form so do not need to complete more than one form.

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Cancellations (from 3rd April 2021):
  1. Cancellations can be made up to 1 calendar month before the exam or assessment. An administration charge of £10 will be deducted from the refunded fee
  2. There will be no refund if cancellation is within one month of the exam or assessment

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

Within Hampshire Beekeepers’ Association 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’ or on our page for Further Training.
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