NZ Certificate in Apiculture [Level 3]

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Develop your interest and career potential in the beekeeping sector by enrolling in NZ Certificate in Apiculture.

This programme will develop your skills in hive management, control methods for bee pests and diseases, effects of control methods on bee products, hive site selection and onsite positioning, construction and repair of hives, bee lifecycle and behaviour, bee nutrition and feeding, bee fodder crops, including toxic plant risk, requeening hives, swarm control, wintering bees, honey harvesting and extraction.



If you have ever wanted to have your own beehive or are working or intending to work in the apiculture industry on a small scale (as a lifestyle option or part-time business opportunity) or are assisting in a commercial beekeeping operation then this programme is for you.

By the end of the programme you will own your own beehive and be able to work under limited supervision in a commercial beekeeping operation, or independently in a small scale operation.

You will also be able to;

  • maintain, manipulate and operate beehives to produce quality products and pollination services
  • assist to transport beehives and bee products, and establish hives in new sites
  • carry out a beehive disease management plan


Programme starts July

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Entry Requirements

  • Be 16 years of age at the time the programme commences
  • Be physically able to complete the programme specific outcomes.
  • NCEA Level 1 or;
  • A qualification at Level 1 or above, with evidence of literacy and numeracy abilities equivalent to NCEA (Level 1), or
  • Evidence of relevant knowledge and experience, including literacy and numeracy abilities equivalent to NCEA (Level 1). (In this case the applicant may be required to participate in an enrolment interview with the purpose of verifying the evidence).

Applicants for whom English is not their first language must have an acceptable level of English language fluency prior to enrolment in the programme. Ways in which English language fluency may be demonstrated include successful study of a programme in which English was the language of instruction (conditions apply); completion of a New Zealand Certificate in English Language ( level 3 with any endorsement); approved scores on IELTS tests(Academic score of 5 with no band score lower than 5); or completion of accepted international equivalents.

Entry with Credit

You may already have some knowledge or skills that can be recognized as part of your intended study. This may take a number of different forms including study at a private training establishment, workplace training, other tertiary study, life experiences or voluntary work.

If you think you may qualify, you may want to apply for Cross Credit or recognition of Prior Learning.

  • Cross Credit is based on the equivalency of courses or qualifications. You would apply for Cross Credit if you have passed a very similar course at the same level.
  • Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) is based on the assessment of your current knowledge and skills. You would apply for RPL if you had gained the relevant knowledge and skills through life experiences and informal learning situations.

You will be asked to provide details of anything that you would like considered as credit toward your intended programme of study, as part of your application.

Applications for RPL and Cross Credit for a course should be made prior to enrolment in that course and no later than two weeks after the start of the course.



Career Opportunities and Outcomes

A graduate of this certificate can work as an assistant beekeeper for a commercial operator or as an independent beekeeper with a small number of beehives.

Study Pathways

This qualification is an entry point for apiculture training and may lead onto the New Zealand Certificate in Apiculture (Level 4) or the New Zealand Certificate in Apiculture (Level 4) (Queen Bee Rearing)

Academic Learning Services

Academic Learning Services is here to assist you on your journey towards the successful completion of your studies at EIT. Our aim is for you to become confident, competent and independent learners.

We have dedicated advisors who can assist with your learning.

Find out more:
Tairawhiti Campus

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EIT offers a variety of scholarships across various subjects and programme levels.  Some scholarships are based on your age, some are specific to the subject you want to study.  Not all scholarships are based on your academic ability and anyone wanting to study should investigate what scholarships are available to them.  

You can find a list of EIT scholarships here however there are many more scholarships offered nationally.  Information about these is on an database called “givME”. givME is accessible at EIT or at some public libraries. If you would like to come to EIT to look through the giveME database don’t hesitate to contact or call in for a chat.