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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 "bee" for you!

Commercial Beekeeping is a full-time, 11-month program. Through classes, hands-on training, and work experience, you’ll have the skills to start and manage an operation of up to 300 colonies. This career training is a non-university credit program.

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.

Schedule:

The program begins in January each year, following the annual apiculture cycle in BC and runs in three sessions:

  • Session 1(January - May): Theory and Practice of Apiculture
    • Includes such classes as Bee Biology, Integrated Pest Management and Botany for Beekeepers
    • Includes Introduction to Carpentry, Introduction to Welding, First Aid Training and Forklift Certification
  • Session 2 (May - August): Work-term
    • Students have two options for this portion of the program:
      • Option 1: This is a full time, paid position, with a large scale commercial beekeeper in Western Canada. The work term placements may be in BC, Alberta or Saskatchewan
      • Option 2: You have the option to work your own hives and start your business under the close supervision of the Beekeeping Instructor and/or a local beekeeping mentor*
        *other options may be entertained
  • Session 3 (September - December): Principles of Bee Business Management
    • Includes such classes as Rules and Regulations,  Business Management and Product Processing, Packaging and Marketing
    • Includes a field trip to prominent commercial apiaries

Tuition: The cost of the Commercial Beekeeping program is $11,990. This program is not subsidized by the university and therefore must operate on a full cost-recovery basis. This means that all fees paid are directly used to cover the cost of the training. People who accept a seat in this program are responsible for the full, nonrefundable tuition costs.  Payment plans may be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Specialized tools and clothing are required for beekeeping, which must be purchased before the first day of classes. A list of supplies will be provided.

Potential Scholarships:

 http://www.beemaid.com/files/Bee_Maid_Scholarship_Application_2016.pdf

http://www.bcbeekeepers.com/boone-hodgson-wilkinson-trust

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 sponsored 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 sponsored in part by Western Economic Diversification Canada, and Project Apis.m, in partnership with Costco US.

In partnership with Honeybee Centre.

    Funding    

      Project Apis m      

 

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