Education and Courses

Beginner's Beekeeping Course

Calgary & District Beekeepers Association (CDBA) is pleased to present a Beginner's Beekeeping Course. This course covers topics that you need to know to start beekeeping and become a hobby beekeeper in your own backyard or become a commercial beekeeper. It is designed to provide the knowledge you will need for the entire beekeeping year.

Course content will include, as a minimum:

  • Bee biology and colony behavior
  • Bee purchase options
  • Beekeeping equipment and tools;
  • Hive Management (spring, summer, fall management plus overwintering)
  • Pest and disease management
  • Harvesting and extracting honey
  • Beekeeping regulations in Alberta and City of Calgary Guidelines

Date: Saturday, November 18 and Sunday, November 19, 2017
Location: Forest Lawn Legion, 755 40 St SE, Calgary
Course Hours: 9 am to 4 pm, both days
Apiary Field Visit: May 2017 - TBA
Instructors: The course will be taught by four beekeepers with over 80 years' combined beekeeping experience. Two instructors are second generation commercial beekeepers and two are experienced Calgary area hobby beekeepers. These instructors have designed the course to give you the theoretical and practical knowledge necessary to successfully commence beekeeping.
Registration Fee - $275.00 will include: Beekeeping in Western Canada Manual. Handout material, Membership to CDBA Lunches, coffee/ tea, drinks and snacks.
Course Registration: Submit registration forms and payments to Thomas by emailing:
Questions: Please email for further details or for questions relating to this course.

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

2017 Courses & Learning Opportunities

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


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

November 18 & 19

Beginner's Beekeeping Course
See above
November 2017 Making Money from Honey
How to make a little extra cash while having fun raising bees.
For more information see: MakingHoneyFrom

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:

    • 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