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Commercial Beekeeping Program

Are you a leader? Do you want to make a difference? Do you like working outdoors? Then commercial beekeeping could be for you!

Commercial beekeeping is a full-time program that takes 11 months to complete. Through classes, hands-on training, and work experience, you’ll have the skills to manage an operation of up to 300 colonies.

BC, along with many other parts of the world are facing a shortage of beekeepers. Pollination services are currently in high demand—especially in the Lower Mainland and Fraser Valley region—and the price of honey is at an all-time high. Students who complete the program will be prepared to enter a diverse and in-demand industry.

Admission Requirements:

  • Be 19 years or older on the first day of classes.
  • Have a valid drivers license on the first day of classes.
  • Personal interview with the instructor and program coordinator.
  • Completion of English 10 with a C or better. Applicants invited to an interview may be required to submit a transcript.
  • Applicants whose first language is English, but who have not successfully completed English 10 in Canada with a C or better may be required to write the ACP Accuplacer test and attain a minimum score of writing level 7.
  • Applicants whose first language is not English and who have not completed English 10 in Canada may be required to take IELTS testing. The minimum required score is 6.0 and proof of testing will be required.

Program Courses Include:

  • Bee Biology
  • Bee Pathology & Integrated Pest Management
  • Botany for Beekeepers (bee/plant relationship)
  • Hive Management for Honey Production
  • Rules and Regulations, such as CFIA requirements
  • Business of Bees
  • Product Processing, Packaging, and Marketing
  • Advanced Management Options

Tuition: The cost of the Commercial Beekeeping program is $11,990. Included in tuition is the cost of training and certification for Occupational First Aid, Forklift, WHMIS, and introduction to carpentry and welding. Tuition also includes the 2-week field trip to prominent apiaries in BC and Alberta. People who accept a seat in this program are responsible for the full, nonrefundable tuition costs.  Specialized tools and clothing are required for beekeeping, which must be purchased by the end of the first week of classes. A list of supplies will be provided.

International Students

The Commercial Beekeeping Program is open to applications from international students. Interested applicants are invited to apply online using the online application. Short-listed applicants will be contacted by the Office of International Recruitment & Admissions.

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This program was funded in part by Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada and the B.C. Ministry of Agriculture through programs delivered by the Investment Agriculture Foundation of B.C. This program was also funded in part by Western Economic Diversification Canada, and Project Apis.m, in partnership with Costco US.

In partnership with Honeybee Centre.

Funding

Project Apis mHoneybee Centre