Western Australian Apiarists' Society


Training is an important element of WAAS's mission. All members are encouraged to complete our Introduction to Responsible Beekeeping course which is run in Spring and Summer.

Courses are run in Perth and include both a class-based component and a hands-on component, using our training apiary in Kensington. 

Training also takes place in our regional Chapter groups. The Margaret River Chapter has a training apiary in the grounds of the Margaret River Senior High School and runs regular hive inspections for members.

For information on upcoming training sessions please check our Events page, or contact us on info@waas.org.au. Spring Training will commence in September and course dates will also be advertised in our newsletter, Smoke Signals, and promoted at WAAS monthly meetings.

Please note that you must be financial members of WAAS to attend our training courses - click here to join us!

WAAS Training Courses


Introduction to Responsible Beekeeping 101 

Advanced Responsible Beekeeping          201 

Introduction to the Flow Hive 
Course length   Full day course  Full day course  Half day course

For the new beekeeper or people considering beekeeping as a hobby

For the person who has been beekeeping for 2 or more years

Flow hive beekeepers who have some previous beekeeping experience

Prerequisites   None. The aim of this course is to prepare the more experienced beekeeper for the challenges that you will face in the early years of beekeeping. It is assumed that you will have attended a beginner beekeeper course with WAAS or another organisation. This course covers the set up and operation of the flow hive and does not cover the basic beekeeping husbandry which is taught in the Introductory course.
 Topics covered
  • Occupational Health and Safety
  • Biosecurity and Bee Diseases
  • Assembling and Maintaining Hives
  • Buying Bees and Bee Equipment
  • Selecting a Hive Site
  • Opening and Inspection of Hives
  • Learning How to Light a Smoker (hands on)
  • Inspecting a Hive (hands on)
  • Poor Performing Queens
  • Dealing With Angry Bees
  • Splitting Hives and Creating Nucs
  • This also includes a demonstration session in the Apiary.
  • The purpose of Beekeeping
  • Safety Awareness
  • Flow Hive Assembly
  • Flow Hive Set Up
  • Flow Hive Tips
  • You will have the opportunity to see a flow hive extraction and see the Flow Hive in operation.
Included Morning tea, lunch and an excellent textbook reference Morning tea & lunch  Morning tea
 Cost  $169  $98

Upcoming training dates are listed in the calendar below:

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