Education and Courses

Beginner's Beekeeping Course:

Saturday, November 18 and Sunday, November 19, 2017
9:00 am to 4:00 pm, both days
Forest Lawn Legion
755 40 St SE, Calgary, AB

Registration Fee: $275.00 will include:
-Beekeeping in Western Canada Manual.
-Handout material,
-Membership to CDBA
-Lunches, coffee/ tea, drinks and snacks.

Course Registration or questions: Submit registration forms and payments to Thomas by emailing: calgarybeekeepers@gmail.com
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Making Money from Honey
This course covers topics you will need to make a little money from small scale beekeeping and honey production.
Join Ron Miksha and Neil Bertram, both long time beekeepers in the southern Alberta area and seasoned members of the Calgary & District Beekeepers Association, as they take you through planning your beekeeping future and avoiding costly mistakes while enjoying the hobby/business of beekeeping.

This course is usually offered twice per year.
For more information see: MakingHoneyFrom Honey.com
Edmonton
February 7-8
IPM: 14th Annual Integrated Pest Management Workshop
Beekeeping for the Future
Organized and offered by Alberta Beekeepers Commission
Executive Royall Inn West Edmonton

On-Line - 4 Saturdays, 2.5 hr ea

Feb 11, 18, 25, Mar 4

Beekeeping course on the Internet - BC Dept of Agricuture
Saturday mornings 10AM - 12:30 PM MST - no cost
Delivery: Paul van Westendorp, Provincial Apiculturist, Province of BC
For More information

Calgary

Classroom Mar 4 & 5
Field Day May 6, 2017

Beginner's Beekeeping Course (Calgary & District Beekeepers Assn)
2 day course - 9 AM to 4 PM
Plus apiary visit Saturday May 6, 2017, weather permitting.
classroom at Parkdale Community Hall, 3512-5 Avenue NW
May field day near Airdrie - map and directions will be provided near the event.
April 2017 Making Money from Honey
How to make a little extra cash while having fun raising bees.
For more information see: MakingHoneyFrom Honey.com
2017 Courses & Learning Opportunities

Calgary

Classroom Nov 5 & 6
Apirary visit May 2018

Beginner's Beekeeping Course (Calgary & District Beekeepers Assn)
2 day course -Saturday & Sunday - 9 AM to 4 PM
Plus apiary visit during May, 2017, weather permitting.
At Parkdale Nifty Fifties Seniors Association, 3512-5 Avenue NW
November 2017 Making Money from Honey
How to make a little extra cash while having fun raising bees.
For more information see: MakingHoneyFrom Honey.com

Edmonton
Feb 9-10
IPM: 14th Annual Integrated Pest Management Workshop
Beekeeping for the Future
Download Information Brochure
Download Registration form

Calgary

Classroom Mar 5 & 6
Field Day May 7

Beginner's Beekeeping Course (Calgary & District Beekeepers Assn)
2 day course - 9 AM to 4 PM
Plus apiary visit Saturday May 7, 2016, weather permitting.
At Parkdale Nifty Fifties Seniors Association, 3512-5 Avenue NW
Download Information Brochure
Edmonton:
Lectures March 4 & 5, 2016
Field Day May 14: 1 PM to 4 PM

Airdrie:
Lectures March 11 & 12, 2016
Field Day May 7: 1 PM to 4 PM
The Beginner Beekeeping Workshop is for people who have not kept bees yet. This 2 1/2 day course focuses on the biology and management of honey bees in Alberta. Students will learn the practical aspects of purchasing bees, bee equipment, seasonal management, pest and disease management, how to safely handle bees, and honey production, extraction, and marketing. It includes a hands on session in May that will train participants on how to start and become active beekeepers.

This course is for beginning beekeepers only. If you have kept bees and need to advance your information, please enroll in the Intermediate Beekeeping Workshop.

The registration fee is $225.00+GST per person. This includes the book Beekeeping in Western Canada, the CAPA publication Bee Pests and Diseases, and lunch for both days. If you already have the book Beekeeping in Western Canada, please deduct the cost of the book ($25) from the registration fee.

The bookings for this course are placed with Alberta Beekeepers Commission. The course is presented by Alberta Apiculture.
2016 Courses & Learning Opportunities

April 9, 2016 Airdrie
April 16, 2016 Edmonton

Intermediate Beekeeping Workshop (Alberta Apiculture)

The one day Intermediate Beekeeping Workshop is designed as the next step for beekeepers who have kept honey bees for at least one season. This workshop builds on the beginner workshop and your own experience over the year by going over seasonal management and disease management in more detail. This is a great time to ask the experts all those questions you have after beekeeping for a season or two (or ten!).

Cost: $100.00 + GST per person.
It includes lunch and a booklet of reading materials.

Booking is done through Alberta Beekeepers Commission.
To book: call (780) 489-6949, Fax (780) 487-8640, email to Gertie Adair
For more a copy of the information see the downloadable brochure.

Saturday April 9
Palliser-Braeside-Pumphill Community Centre
Making Money from Honey
Sat April 9, 9AM - 4 PM
How to make a little extra cash while having fun raising bees.
$139
For more information see: MakingHoneyFrom Honey.com
Saturday April 9 -
Parkdale Community Centre
An evening with Bee Breeder Tom Hegan.
Tom will join us for an evening with an overview of Bee Breeding in Alberta.
For many years Tom ran his commercial operation SW of Edmonton raising his own queens.
$10 at the door, no pre-registration.
7 PM - 9:30 PM

Calgary

Classroom Nov 5 & 6
Apirary visit Sat May 6, 2017

Beginner's Beekeeping Course (Calgary & District Beekeepers Assn)
2 day course -Saturday & Sunday - 9 AM to 4 PM
Plus apiary visit during May, 2017, weather permitting.
At Parkdale Nifty Fifties Seniors Association, 3512-5 Avenue NW
Download Information Brochure
Saturday November 19
Palliser-Braeside-Pumphill Community Centre
Making Money from Honey
Saturday November 19, 9AM - 4 PM
How to make a little extra cash while having fun raising bees.
$139
For more information see: MakingHoneyFrom Honey.com



There are several organizations offering courses which may be of interest to our members:

Alberta Agriculture & the "BEE TEAM"

Administered and sponsored by:
Beekeepers Commission of Alberta.
Alberta Agriculture and Rural Development (ARD),
Growing Forward, a federal-provincial-territorial initiative.
The program consists of several entry level and advanced workshops and several conference format events each year.
... more information on course offering from Alberta Apiculture
For course registration and content information contact Gertie Adair
Beginners Beekeeping - 2 days of classroom instruction plus a 3 hour field trip
Intermediate Beekeeping Short Course - 1 day
Integrated Beekeeping Systems Workshop (Integrated Pest Management Workshop)

BC Apiculture
Beekeeping course via the Internet
This is a simplified and shorter version of a classroom course.
Here are a few early details:
• 4 sessions on Saturday mornings from 0900-1130 (Pacific Time). No practicum or field day.
• Especially suitable for people living outside the Fraser Valley.
• Unlimited class size. Reasonably up-to-date computer and access to high-speed internet recommended.
• No materials provided but prior to each session, participants receive an email with suggested reading and reference materials.
• Planned starting date: February 11, 2017
• Course is free.
•For more information visit the BC Apiculture Bee Course page
or Email: paul.vanwestendorp@gov.bc.ca



Sweetacre Apiaries (Bill Stagg), Tappen, BC
Beeginners Bee Course
Working Holiday - 5 days of beekeeping in the Shuswap
See the Sweetacre site for more details

Alberta Green Certificate (Alberta Agriculture) - Beekeeping Technician (Level 1)
This is a "hands-on" mentoring program in 2 versions: adult education without a fee and a high school credit version
Adult Education version:
The trainee works with an experienced, mentoring beekeeper.
There are modules which the student works through at their own pace and the sequence they determine.
There are oral tests in the field and one receives either a "complete" or "not complete" status.
The program is administered through 4 regional colleges; the closest to Calgary being Olds College
Contact Henry Czarnota, 403-507-7912
More information on Beekeeping Technician (Level 1)

Grand Prairie Regional College
GPRC offers a "Certificate in Commercial Beekeeping", a vocational program for the education and training of commercial beekeepers.
This usually runs from January to November. It is delivered at the Fairview campus. ... more information from GPRC.

Calgary & District Beekeepers Association.

Monthly meetings have a training/information component with no charge.
The club also offers one or more Beginners Beekeeping Course during the year.

BC Dept of Agriculture - Bee Masters.
This course is advanced, 5 days long and offered every second year.
2016 is complete, the next session will be in February 2018

University of Montana
School of Extended & Lifelong Learning
1: Apprentice Course
2: Journeyman Course
3: Master Course
Roster of instructors includes Dr. Jerry Bromenshenk

 


ARCHIVE: Course Schedules from past years

Feb 10-11, Edmonton IPM: Integrated Pest Management Workshop
Host Hotel & Workshop location: Executive Royal Inn
Registration form


2015 Courses & Learning Opportunities

Feb 21, Edmonton
Feb 28, Airdrie

Intermediate Beekeeping Short Course (Alberta Apiculture)

One day advanced course.
At least one year of experience keeping bees is required.
Completion of a bee-ginners course before this course is highly recommended.
Topics from the bee-ginners course are NOT covered here.

$26.25 prepaid; to book: (800) 387-6030
8:30 AM to 4:30 PM, coffee & lunch included
A one day workshop delivered on 2 dates throughout the province.


March 12, Calgary
March 19, Edmonton
Honey Food Safety Workshop (Alberta Apiculture)
This is a one day advanced course about producing safe honey and implementing bee biosecurity in your beekeeping operation.

$26.25 prepaid:to book: (800) 387-6030
9:00 AM to 3:30 PM
One day workshop delivered in 2 locations on 2 dates throughout the province
Mar 13-14, May 9 Airdrie
Mar 20-21, May 16 Edmonton
Bee-Ginners Beekeeping Course (Alberta Apiculture)
2 days of classroom work in March plus a 1/2 day of hands on work in May.
Mar 17-Apr 21 Calgary Beeginner's Beekeeping Course (Calgary & District Beekeepers Assn)
6 evening sessions, each 2 hours 7PM to 9 PM
One 3 hour field day
At Calgary Jewish Community Centre
See Brochure for more information
Calgary
Saturday October 24 &
Sunday October 25
Beginner's Beekeeping Course (Calgary & District Beekeepers Assn)
2 day course - 9 AM to 4 PM
Plus aiary visit Saturday October 31, weather permitting.
At Parkdale Nifty Fifties Seniors Association ( 3512 5 Avenue NW)
See Brochure for more information and registration form.
Airdrie
Friday November 27 &
Saturday November 28
Beginner Beekeeping Workshop (Alberta Apiculture/Beekeepers Commission)
2 day course 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Field day May 7, 2016: 9AM to noon
See brochure for all 8 extension workshops for 2015/2016
Link to REGISTRATION FORM
Link to Alberta Beekeepers Commision

 

   
2014 Courses & Learning Opportunities

Feb 8, Calgary

Feb 22, Edmonton

Intermediate Beekeeping Short Course (Alberta Apiculture)

One day advanced course.
At least one year of experience keeping bees is required.
Completion of a bee-ginners course before this course is highly recommended.
Topics from the bee-ginners course are NOT covered here.

$21 prepaid; to book: (800) 387-6030
8:30 AM to 4:30 PM, coffee & lunch included
A one day workshop delivered on 2 dates throughout the province.
Download Information Brochure

Feb 26, Grande Praire
March 1, Calgary
March 4, Lethbridge
March 8, Edmonton
Honey Food Safety Workshop (Alberta Apiculture)
This is a one day advanced course about producing safe honey and implementing bee biosecurity in your beekeeping operation.

$25 prepaid:to book: (800) 387-6030
9:00 AM to 3:30 PM
One day workshop delivered in 4 locations on 4 dates throughout the province
Dowload Information Brochure
Mar 14-15, May 10 Calgary
March 21-22, May 17 Edmonton
Bee-Ginners Beekeeping Course (Alberta Apiculture)
2 days of classroom work in March plus a 1/2 day of hands on work in May.
Download Information Brochure

 

2012 Courses & Learning Opportunities
Thursday Feb 2, Lethbridge
Thurs Feb 16, Peace River
Wed Feb 22, Edmonton
Tues Feb 28, St. Paul
Thurs March 1, Westlock

"SAFE HONEY WORKSHOP"

Get the facts about producing safe honey.
Topics include the use, handling and storage of chemicals which may contaminate honey.
$25 pay at the door, to book: (800) 387-6030
9:00 AM to 3:30 PM, lunch included
A one day workshop delivered on 5 dates throughout the province.
See Agriculture Alberta site for more detail and registration information.

Feb 7 & 8 "Beekeeping for the Future"
10th Integrated Beekeeping Systems Workshop
(formerly Integrated Pest Management workshop)
Executive Royal Inn, Edmonton
To register: Gertie Adair,
Alberta Beekeepers Commission
PDF of the Meeting notice
Feb 20 - 24 Bee Master Course - 5 day course held at Simon Fraser University
Organized by BC Ministry of Agriculture: Paul van Westendorp
See the information PDF for contact and registration information
Mar 24-25 Bee-Ginners Beekeeping Course
Calgary & District Beekeepers Association
Brentwood Co-op Classroom sessions March 24 & 25: 9 AM to 5 PM
Two 1/2 day field trips - May and June
All session in or near to Calgary
Course manual " Beekeeping in Western Canada" included
Lunch & coffee for classroom sessions included.
more information and registration
Apr 21 & 22 Beeginners Bee Course
Sweetacre Apiraries (Bill Stagg) Tappen, BC
See the Sweet Acre Apiaries site for details.
Fri May 11 & Sat May 12
Bee-ginners Beekeeping (2 day course)
Alberta Agriculture, Medhat Nasr
Held at the Crop Diversification Centre near Edmonton
... more information
June 9 & 10
Queen Rearing with John Gates,
See the Sweetacre Apiaires site for details
Aug 20 - 24
Sept 3 - 7
two 5-day "WORKING HOLIDAY" sessions hosted by Bill Stagg, Sweetacre Apiaries
Five days of beekeeping in the Shuswap.
See the Sweetacre Apiaries site for details

 

2011 Courses & Learning Opportunities
Tuesday & Wednesday
Feb 8 - 9
Edmonton
Integrated Pest Management (IPM) 2-day workshop
Alberta Agriculture, Medhat Nasr
IPM Agenda and Speakers List
Monday March 7
Airdrie, Ag Info Centre
Queen Rearing and Breeding Workshop
Instructors: Dr. Joe Latshaw & Dr. Medhat Nasr
Wednesday Mar 9
Edmonton
Queen Rearing and Breeding Workshop
Instructors: Dr. Joe Latshaw & Dr. Medhat Nasr
Fri & Sat
May 13 & 14
Edmonton
Bee-ginners Beekeeping (2 day course)
Alberta Agriculture, Medhat Nasr
More information Course outline in PDF format
2 days for $141.34 + GST. Includes Lunches, coffee and the book
Beekeeping in Western Canada"
Fri & Sat
June 17 & 18
Edmonton
Advanced Queen Rearing & Stock Selection
Alberta Agriculture, Medhat Nasr
Hands-on field workshop (2 day course)
Pre-requisite: Person should have taken "Queen Rearing & Stock Selection" course and already rearing queens.