Commercial Beekeeping Certificate
This full-time, 46-week, January to November certificate program is designed to prepare graduates to make a living as beekeepers; it is a thorough study of apiculture and the beekeeping business. The program combines classroom study with hands-on work experience and trips to beekeeping operations in Western Canada. It also includes theory and practice of queen rearing.
Earn and Learn
This paid work experience significantly offsets program costs. Students are placed with commercial beekeepers for 23 weeks where they gain practical, real experience with beekeeping and honey production AND earn a salary equivalent to other fieldworkers.
This program provides graduates with substantive knowledge, skills and practical experience for a future in commercial beekeeping—as workers, lead hands or even as future owners. Graduates will be prepared for employment in Canada, the US, and other parts of the world as:
- Apiary assistants and field supervisors with commercial beekeepers
- Technicians with government agriculture departments
- Self-employed beekeepers
- Project coordination for beekeeping/honey production projects in the developing world
Admission to this program is on a first qualified, first admitted basis. Students must be a minimum of 18 years of age and have a minimum of:
- English 20-2 and
- Mathematics 20-3
Students unable to present the English/Mathematics requirements should consult the program coordinator.
International students must demonstrate proficiency in English at a Level 7 and satisfy GPRC’s requirements for English Language Proficiency. For details, refer to admissions section. International students should apply 6-12 months in advance of the program start date to give sufficient time for program authorization. An international driving license recommended.
- be in good general health, as beekeeping is a physically demanding vocation
- present medical documentation demonstrating non-allergenic reactions to honey bee stings, as students in the program will experience bee stings
Because beekeepers work with food, Canadian public health regulations may require additional health-related testing.
First Year (32 credits)
Theory of Apiculture
January & February (9 weeks)
March to September (28 weeks)
Business of Beekeeping
October & November (9 weeks)
- BK310 Food Safety and Regulations for Beekeepers (1)
- BK320 Business of Bees (3)
- BK331 Advance Management Options for Beekeepers (2)
- BK332 Product Processing, Packaging and Marketing (1.5)
- BK333 Processing and Packaging Field Trip (1)
- BK361 Integrated Pest Management (1.5)
- BK365 Bees and the Environment (1)
Students must successfully complete BK101, BK110, BK133, and BK134 and BK199 to progress to BK200. Students must successfully complete BK200 and BK210 to progress to the courses in the Business of Beekeeping during October and November.
Students who have completed the prescribed requirements with a GPA of 2.00 or more and successfully completed the work experience are eligible for a Certificate in Commercial Beekeeping.