Online & In-Person Apiculture and Beekeeping Training

This course will provide the participant with all the basic information required to conduct beekeeping in the Caribbean. It was developed for new Caribbean beekeepers as well as those with less than two (2) years worth of experience. 

This online course represents the first of its kind for the Caribbean and is the next step in the development of the beekeeping tradition in the region.

The IAC will deliver all the basic information required to understand bees, beekeeping and hive products through this online course using two different methods: presentations and videos. Traditionally, the art of learning beekeeping was done via in-person training however, with the rise of COVID-19, video training has now replaced in-person training, a first for the Caribbean. The Course Outline and Guidance Notes for completion of the course are included here. This online beekeeping course consists of 17 modules, as follows:

Module 1: Ecological Importance of Bees

A. Importance as Pollinators.
B. Habitat Conservation & Protected Areas
C. Use of Toxic Chemicals
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Module 2: Basic Honey Bee Biology

A. Casts of Honeybee
B. Anatomy of a Worker Bee, Queen Bee, and a Drone.
C. Life Cycle of a Worker Bee, Queen Bee, and a Drone.
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Module 3: Health and Safety in Beekeeping

A. Introduction to occupational safety & health
B. Beekeeping risks.
C. General guidelines i.e allergies to bee venom, visitors to hives etc.
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Module 4: Hive Boxes

A. Bottom Board and Cover
B. Brood chamber
C. Frames and Foundation
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Module 5: Data collection & analysis in beekeeping

What kind of data do beekeepers need to collect?
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Module 6: Tools & Personal Protective Equipment

A. Lighting your smoker.
B. Putting on your PPE’s
C. How to use your hive tool. (Tips & Tricks)
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Module 7: Management of Honey Bees

A. Identifying the various casts.
B. Identifying stages of brood.
C. Identifying pollen and honey in hives.
D. Data capture - app
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Module 8: Diseases and Predators of Honeybees

A. Chalkbrood
B. Varroa Mite
C. Tracheal Mite
D. Wax Moths
E. Ants, Frogs, Birds
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Module 9: Hive Inspection Looking for Signs of Diseases & Predators

A. Alcohol wash to gauge mite infestation
B. Look for signs of chalkbrood
C. Review under microscope signs of tracheal mite
D. Look for signs of wax moth larvae in a hive and frames
E. Look for signs of ants and frogs

Module 10: How to Prepare Feed & When to Feed

A. Mixing ratios
B. Feeding systems
C. Pros and cons of internal and external feeding.
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Module 11: Field Assignments

A. How to set up an apiary
B. Placing your hives on points
C. Hive inspection, ID Brood at various stages, Queen, etc...
D. Splitting a hive

Module 12: Economics of Apiculture

A. The cost of Starting Beekeeping
B. Recurring Expenditure
C. Products from the Hive
D. Income from Honey
E. Income from Bees.
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Module 13: Honey

A. General characteristics of honey
B. Important characteristics of honey to monitor as a food
C. Honey testing
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Module 14: Honey Extraction

A. Examining capped honey.
B. Removing capped honey from the hive.
C. Using a refractometer.
D. Uncapping honey.
E. Extracting the honey.
F. Storage and bottling.

Module 15: Value Added Products

A. Pollen
B. Propolis
C. Beeswax
D. Mead
E. Royal Jelly
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Module 16: Packaging Standards

A. Labelling requirements
B. Understanding licensing
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Module 17: Gender Considerations in Beekeeping

A. Apiculture as a tool towards realising women empowerment
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Frequently Asked Questions

We cater to children, youths and adults. 

For each module, participants will be evaluated in two (2) ways:

Online quizzes. Each module will have its own online quiz which will evaluate the participants’ ability to understand and assimilate the relevant content. 

Videos. Participants will be required to submit a video on the module to the course coordinators in order to assess their understanding of the content in a real-life context. Participants can use drawing, visit beekeepers or use their own equipment in order to prepare videos.

The IAC hopes to partner with mentor beekeepers in each country via the Association of Caribbean Beekeeping Organisations (ACBO). The purpose of the mentors will be to lend support to beekeepers completing the course in their respective countries through an apprenticeship programme. The country beekeeping mentors will be identified based on the country registration for the course.

At the end of the course, the participant should have a basic knowledge and understanding of beekeeping as well as be able to set up and maintain their own apiary.

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