First year of Beekeeping

Learn how to inspect a beehive


The first year of beekeeping course is an online program that gives you all the basic knowledge to quickly and confidently start your first beehive.

We designed this program to be the perfect introduction to beekeeping, for both beginners and anyone wanting to refresh their skills.

Our course was designed to carefully balance theory and practice. The first few lessons will give you an understanding of the honey bee colony. You will then learn about the equipment that you will need, the type of beehive and bees that you can acquire, and how to set up your apiary. The last lessons will teach you how to maintain a thriving colony of bees and of course how to harvest your first honey crop.

Is this course for me?  

This course gives you everything you need to  either start one beehive in your back garden or establish a successful apiary and sell your honey.If you would like to help bees but are not sure beekeeping is for you; you are in the right place. This course will teach you all you need to know about what being a beekeeper means. If you decide it’s not for you, you will have learned plenty of great information about bees and how to support your local beekeepers.

What to expect?

The first year of beekeeping is an online course that you can start anytime and follow at your own pace.

- Practical videos: Beekeeping is a practical activity and our step-by-step videos will help you develop practical skills to confidently handle bees.

-Lifetime access: once you get this course it’s yours for life, so you can go at your own pace and come back to the course as many times as you want.

The results:

1) Set up your first apiary: By the end of this course you will know how to set up and maintain a beehive through the whole beekeeping season.

2) Become a fully trained and confident beekeeper capable of learning new challenges.

3) Hive bounties: by learning how to raise healthy bees you will also be rewarded with honey but other hive treasures such as beeswax and propolis.

What's included in the price?

- Lifetime access to all classes
- Access to all future updates
- Unlimited email support

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Agnes Tyburn at Beesitter

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This course is taught online

Suitable for

  • Adults
  • Limited mobility
  • Pet lovers
  • Seniors
  • Suitable for beginners
  • Teenagers
  • Wheelchair users


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wayne Thurston - - #32917

Brilliant, just what our local council needed me to have. Many more have also used this course.

Thank you Agnes.

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Sam Kennerley - - #29905

A beautifully designed and hugely informative introduction to beekeeping that guides the learner through the essentials of building and maintaining of a hive.

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