Western Australian Apiarists' Society

TRAINING


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
 Audience

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
$85


Upcoming training dates are listed in the calendar below:


Upcoming events

    • 30 Oct 2021
    • 7:50 AM - 3:00 PM
    • ECU Campus Bunbury
    • 0
    Join waitlist
    Learn all the 
    Basics of Responsible Beekeeping



    Saturday 30th October 2021
    7:50 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

    Cost is $169 per head

    Note: you need to be a current member to access this course -

    you can join online now and then register for the course.

    Topics covered during the course include... 

    OHS
    Biosecurity and bee diseases
    Beekeeping equipment
    Assembling and maintaining hives
    Buying bees and bee equipment
    Selecting hive site
    Opening and inspection of hives
    Seasonal management of hives
    You’ll also do some hands-on inspecting of a hive
    and learn how best to light your smoker.


    What you need to bring:

    Boots and clean or new bee suits for the practical part of the course.*
    If you have a smoker, bring that along too and learn how to light it properly (mark with your name please)

    Light lunch and refreshments will be provided

    You will receive a Beekeeping handbook, course notes, additional useful information and a WAAS Certificate of Completion

    Spaces are limited!

    Please be aware that due to the "hands on" nature of this course, that
    it is dependant on suitable weather on the the day andmay be subject to change.

    Register Here 

    using your Visa or MasterCard, by EFT/cheque/cash before the Course.

    Registrations will be processed strictly in order of payment

    * If you don't yet have  protective gear, please let us know and we can provide some for you on the day at a  hire fee of $10.00 cash payable on the day. 

    If you have any questions, contact us at  training@waas.org.au
      • 31 Oct 2021
      • 7:50 AM - 3:00 PM
      • Agriculture Dept classroom at Margaret River High School.
      • 0
      Join waitlist
      Learn all the 
      Basics of Responsible Beekeeping



      Sunday 31st October 2021
      7:50 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

      Cost is $169 per head


      Note: you need to be a current member to access this course – you can join online now and then register for the course.


      Topics covered during the course include:

      • Occupational health and safety
      • Biosecurity and bee diseases
      • Beekeeping equipment
      • Assembling and maintaining hives
      • Buying bees and equipment
      • Selecting a hive site
      • Opening and inspection of hives

      You will also do some hands on inspecting of a hive and learn how best to light a smoker.

      What you need to bring:

      Boots and a clean  or new bee suit for the practical part of the course.* 

      If you have a smoker bring that along too and learn how to light it properly
      (mark with your name please)

      Light lunch and refreshments will be provided

      You will receive a Beekeeping Handbook, course notes, additional useful information and a WAAS certificate of Completion.

      Spaces are limited!

      Please be aware that due to the "hands-on" nature of this course it will be dependent on suitable weather on the day and may be subject to change.

      Register Here 

      using your Visa or Mastercard, by EFT/cheque/cash before the course
      Registrations will be processed strictly in order of payment.

      * If you don't yet have  protective gear, please let us know and we can provide some for you on the day at a  hire fee of $10.00 cash payable on the day. 

      If you have any questions, contact us at training@waas.org.au

        • 07 Nov 2021
        • 7:50 AM - 3:00 PM
        • DPIRD Theatre, 3 Baron-Hay Court, Kensington
        • 0
        Join waitlist
        Learn all the 
        Basics of Responsible Beekeeping



        Sunday 7th November 2021
        7:50 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

        Cost is $169 per head

        Note: you need to be a current member to access this course -

        you can join online now and then register for the course.

        Topics covered during the course include... 

        OHS
        Biosecurity and bee diseases
        Beekeeping equipment
        Assembling and maintaining hives
        Buying bees and bee equipment
        Selecting hive site
        Opening and inspection of hives
        Seasonal management of hives
        You’ll also do some hands-on inspecting of a hive
        and learn how best to light your smoker.


        What you need to bring:

        Boots and clean or new bee suits for the practical part of the course.*
        If you have a smoker, bring that along too and learn how to light it properly (mark with your name please)

        Light lunch and refreshments will be provided

        You will receive a Beekeeping handbook, course notes, additional useful information and a WAAS Certificate of Completion

        Spaces are limited!

        Please be aware that due to the "hands on" nature of this course, that
        it is dependant on suitable weather on the the day andmay be subject to change.

        Register Here

        using your Visa or MasterCard, by EFT/cheque/cash before the Course.

        Registrations will be processed strictly in order of payment

        * If you don't yet have  protective gear, please let us know and we can provide some for you on the day at a  hire fee of $10.00 cash payable on the day. 

        If you have any questions, contact us at  training@waas.org.au
          • 13 Nov 2021
          • 7:50 AM - 12:00 PM
          • ECU Campus Bunbury
          • 20
          Register
          Learn the 
          Basics of Flow Hive Beekeeping



          Saturday 13th November 2021
          7:50 a.m. - 12:00 Noon

          Cost is $85 per head

          Note: you need to be a current member to access this course -

          you can join online now and then register for the course.

          Topics covered during the course include... 

          Purpose of Beekeeping Safety Awareness Flow Hive Assembly Flow Hive Setup Flow Hive TipsYou’ll also do a hands-on inspection of a Flow Hive

          Please note that this course covers only the set up and operation of the Flow Hive, and does NOT  cover the basic beekeeping husbandry which is taught in the Introductory Course.
          More information about this course which will be run in Bunbury on
          30th October 2021 can be found here.

          What you need to bring:

          Boots and clean or new bee suits for the practical part of the course.*
          Light refreshments will be provided

          You will receive course notes, additional useful information and a WAAS Certificate of Completion

          Spaces are limited!

          Please be aware that due to the "hands on" nature of this course, that
          it is dependant on suitable weather on the the day andmay be subject to change.

          Register Here 

          using your Visa / MasterCard or by EFT before the Course.

          Registrations will be processed strictly in order of payment

          If you have any questions, contact us at  training@waas.org.au

            • 14 Nov 2021
            • 8:00 AM - 3:00 PM
            • DPIRD Theatre, 3 Baron-Hay Court, Kensington
            • 1
            Register
            Responsible Beekeeping 201Sunday 14th November 20218.00 AM – 3:00 PM

            Cost is $98 per head

            The target audience of this course is beekeepers
            who have been beekeeping for 2 or more years.

            The aim is to assist to prepare you for the challenges you will face in the early years of beekeeping.  It is assumed that you will have attended a beginnerbeekeeper course with WAAS or another organisation.

            The subjects covered in the course include:

            Poor Performing Queens Dealing with Angry Bees Splitting Hives & Creating Nucs And will include a Practical Session in the Apiary Morning tea & Light Lunch will be provided

            Bring:

             Boots and clean or new bee suits for the practical part of the course.

            REGISTER HERE

            using your Visa / MasterCard or by EFT before the Course.

            Spaces are limited

            Please be aware that due to the "hands on" nature of this course, that
            it is dependant on suitable weather on the the day and the date may be subject to change.


            If you have any questions, contact us at training@waas.org.au

              • 27 Nov 2021
              • 7:50 AM - 3:00 PM
              • DPIRD Theatre, 3 Baron-Hay Court, Kensington
              • 3
              Register
              Learn all the 
              Basics of Responsible Beekeeping



              Saturday 27th November 2021
              7:50 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

              Cost is $169 per head

              Note: you need to be a current member to access this course -

              you can join online now and then register for the course.

              Topics covered during the course include... 

              OHS
              Biosecurity and bee diseases
              Beekeeping equipment
              Assembling and maintaining hives
              Buying bees and bee equipment
              Selecting hive site
              Opening and inspection of hives
              Seasonal management of hives
              You’ll also do some hands-on inspecting of a hive
              and learn how best to light your smoker.


              What you need to bring:

              Boots and clean or new bee suits for the practical part of the course.*
              If you have a smoker, bring that along too and learn how to light it properly (mark with your name please)

              Light lunch and refreshments will be provided

              You will receive a Beekeeping handbook, course notes, additional useful information and a WAAS Certificate of Completion

              Spaces are limited!

              Please be aware that due to the "hands on" nature of this course, that
              it is dependant on suitable weather on the the day andmay be subject to change.

              Register Here

              using your Visa or MasterCard, by EFT/cheque/cash before the Course.

              Registrations will be processed strictly in order of payment

              * If you don't yet have  protective gear, please let us know and we can provide some for you on the day at a  hire fee of $10.00 cash payable on the day. 

              If you have any questions, contact us at  training@waas.org.au

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