Bee Courses

The Government of British Columbia offers an Introductory Beekeeping course as well as an advanced Bee Master course.

Introduction to Beekeeping

This course is offered in a classroom format and as a webinar series.

Classroom Format

The course is intended for those planning to start keeping bees, and for general interest. This is a comprehensive course that covers a full range of topics including beekeeping management, bee biology and behavior, crop pollination, forage sources, disease identification and control.

The course is comprised of six evening classes with an additional field day near the end of the course. The course normally starts in the middle of March.

If you wish to be notified when course details become available, please send an email to Paul van Westendorp with your name and email address:

Webinar Format

This course is offered for free and is open to anyone. The course is a simplified and shorter version of the Classroom course. It covers a full range of topics related to beekeeping management, disease diagnosis and controls.

The course involves four webinar sessions on consecutive Saturday mornings from 0900 - 1130 (PST). Prior to each session, registrants will receive an email with suggested reading materials and references. There is no lab session or field day. 

If you wish to be notified when course details and registration become available, please send an email to Paul van Westendorp with your name, email address and location. 

Bee Master Course

The Bee Master course is offered every other year in February. This course is intended for beekeepers with extensive experience who wish to learn more about apiculture research and science. (This course has little to do with beekeeping management and is not recommended for beginner beekeepers).

The Bee Master course in an intense one-week course held at UBC. Lectures are presented daily by invited researchers and speakers from Canada and United States. An optional 3-hour written exam is offered at the end of the course and upon successful completion, a Bee Master Certificate will be issued. 

The biennial Bee Master course was first developed and introduced by the BC Ministry of Agriculture in the mid-1950s and is the oldest advanced beekeeping course in North America.

If you wish to be notified when course details become available, please send an email to Paul van Westendorp with your name and email address: