BBKA Basic Examination Course


This course will consist of nine sessions each lasting approximately two hours.

The six sessions covering the theory syllabus of the BBKA Basic Examination will be held from 10.00am to 12 noon on Saturday mornings as follows: Jan 21, Feb 4, Feb 18, Mar 4, Mar 18 and Apr 1The classes will be held at the association apiary which is at High Mead Farm, Ham Lane (B3073), Longham, Wimborne BH22 9DF. There is ample parking.

The six sessions of theory will be followed by three sessions  covering the practical syllabus of the BBKA Basic Examination. These sessions will be held at 12 noon on May 6, May 13 and May 20 at the association apiary at Dudsbury.

To be eligible to take the exam you should have kept bees for a whole year. However, if you are new to beekeeping, you are still very welcome to join us. You will find the content of the course very useful to you when you start keeping bees.

Those intending to take the examination who are not members of the association should ensure their practical skills are adequate. Most associations provide apiary based instruction. Your tutors are ready to advise if required.

The Basic Examination is the first in the BBKA examination scheme and is an entirely practical examination. It takes 1- 1½ hours. You will be asked to open a colony of bees and tell the examiner what you see, and also answer any questions put to you. The pass rate is usually high.

ANYONE interested in bees or who has started beekeeping this season would find the course very useful. You will be very welcome to join us.

Your tutors will be led by Helga Aldersey who has been keeping bees for 15 years assisted by some of our more experienced beekeepers.

Read about the assessment and access the syllabus here.

To enter the exam, you must send an application form accompanied by the entry fee to the local BBKA examination officer (in the Bournemouth area this is Mrs Margaret Davies, 80 Leybourne Avenue, Bournemouth, BH10 6HE, Tel: 01202- 526077). The fee for the exam is £20.00 and cheques should be made payable to the British Beekeepers Association.

If you wish to join us, please contact Helga Aldersey at or on 01202 763923.

The fee for the course will be £25.00 per person for association members and £35.00 per person for non-members, non-refundable.

We promise you an enjoyable course with plenty of good practical advice.