Introduction to Beekeeping

Introduction to Beekeeping

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Introduction to Beekeeping – Sydney Course

Learn beekeeping for beginners.

Bees from urban bee yards are said to be healthier and more productive than many of their country cousins. Their presence also provides suburban areas with enormous environmental benefits as they pollinate a wide variety of native plants that otherwise may struggle in urban environments.

Keeping bees is also a great way to nurture your own garden and produce wonderful fruit and veggies. However, bees are under constant threat from urbanisation and the over-use of insecticides.

In Australia we are lucky enough to be the only country in the world with a healthy bee population and beekeepers across the nation are working hard to keep it that way. Get involved and find out how to keep bees in your own backyard.

This Introduction to Beekeeping course is suitable for beginners and looks at the principles of backyard and urban beekeeping. It gives students a basic knowledge of European Honeybees as well as an introduction to our own native bees. You will learn how to get started, the equipment required, how to maintain and control a healthy swarm of bees, understand what goes on inside a beehive, how to extract honey and much more.

Macquarie Community College operates from a range of venues across North and Western Sydney. We have campuses in Carlingford, Chatswood, Mt Druitt, Richmond and many more. Enrol today or enquire now!

Course Outline

In this course you will learn:

  • Why is there a sudden interest in bees?
  • World problems – disease, mites and hive deaths
  • Races of European honeybees
  • Native bees
  • What goes on inside a beehive
  • Hive types – Langstroth, Warre and Kenyan hives – relative productivity and ease of maintenance
  • Becoming a beekeeper – regulations and personal commitment
  • Getting started and the costs involved
  • Healthy bees and how to maintain them
  • Bee diseases
  • Extracting honey
  • Bee swarms and control

Course Outcome

By the end of this course, you will know:

  • The different types of honey bee
  • The various hive options and benefits of each
  • Beekeeping equipment and its use
  • Handling bees and selection of protective clothing
  • Care and management of your bees
  • Diseases effecting bees
  • Safety around bees and bee hives
  • How and when to harvest your honey
  • Obtaining and installing bees
  • How to carry out regular inspections and what to look for

What to bring

Please bring a:

  • Pen and note pad

Please note, comprehensive course notes will be provided.


No prerequisites required. The course is suitable for complete beginners and anyone interested in beekeeping. A passion for bees and the natural environment is desirable.

Delivery Mode

The course will be delivered over two classroom sessions.
Various items will be demonstrated in class but no practical or field work is included.
It is recommended that students follow up by attending or joining their local beekeeping association.