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Fundamental Beekeeping Practices

Time limit: 60 days

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Full course description

There are certain skills that nearly every beekeeper must learn, regardless of where or how they manage honey bees. This bee-Learning Short Course will teach you these fundamental skills from which you can develop successful colony management practices. These skills go from basic (how to position yourself when working a colony) to fairly advanced (how to make splits and monitor for Varroa) with each being essential to the management of healthy honey bees.

This short course includes the following lessons:

  1. How to Light a Smoker
  2. Proper Colony Inspection Techniques
  3. Feeding Bees
  4. Moving Bees
  5. Requeening a Honey Bee Colony
  6. Installing Packages and Nucs
  7. Marking and Clipping Queens
  8. Making Splits
  9. Swarm Management Techniques
  10. Introduction to Varroa Management
  11. Preparing Hives for Winter

Important Information

  • Software requirements: For the best user experiece use Chrome when accessing this course. Some features in this course are not be compatible with other internet browsers. 
  • Lessons in this course overlap with lessons in the Apprentice Beekeeper online course, part of the UF/IFAS Master Beekeeper Program.
  • bee-Learning Short Courses are completely self-paced, although must be completed within 60 days of registering.
  • You will receive a certificate of completion for this course via email after you have passed the final assessment and completed the course exit survey.
  • No refunds will be granted for this course after the course has been accessed.