Welcome to the training and mentoring page
One of the most useful personal tools on your beekeeping journey is a " Training Record " it doesn't need to be elaborate just a book or a folder or a file on your computer or phone. Training for most beekeepers comes long before they actually get bees and become a registered beekeeper as required by law.
List in chronological order all types of information you have accessed with a reference so you know how to re-access that information when you need to easily . You will be surprised how useful this tool will become. Also alongside each entry, record a date and how useful that information was to you at the time you accessed it, as well as some general notes about what you learned at the time. You will find you will come back and revisit some areas over and over again. As a beekeeper you never stop learning.
Always be mindful the european honey bee apis mellifera ~ is an introduced species to Australia and it is important bees have access to both high protein pollen sources as well as adequate carbohydrate / nectar to sustain the colony year round regardless if you have a stationary or migratory apiary. Beekeeping conditions in Australia are very different to Europe.
Some of the areas of training may include 1:1 conversations, beekeeping group meetings, information sessions, books, internet sites, videos, beekeeping workshops , beekeeping classes , mentoring sessions etc. or an accredited beekeeping course.
Education & Training is either freely available or has a fee for service. Before you part with you well earned cash ensure you are clear about what you are actually paying for an how that compares the the national beekeeping education standard so that you can make an formed choice about what you are undertaking.
Demonstrated competency in the 12 core units of AHC32016 is the basic minimum standard for a person to be work ready as a beekeeper in Australia . The core units provide a bench mark for beekeeping education and also assist beekeepers to identify their beekeeping skills and knowledge deficits.
For further information about Australian Education Standards click here
NB - Australia currently has 7 registered training organizations ( RTO's) whom are accredited to conduct "A Beekeeping Course". i.e. AHC32016 ( unfortunately none of these are based in South Australia) - However, South Australian Beekeepers do have access to online , hybrid courses and apprenticeship formats supported by interstate RTO's. To view the Australian Beekeeping Course registered training provider list click here. If your beekeeping education provider is not on this list then they are not providing a standard beekeeping course.
Sometimes a mentor can be extremely helpful on parts of your beekeeping journey. Particularly if they are experienced and are members of a beekeeping organisation. The skill set of every beekeeper varies regardless of being a recreational, part time or commercial beekeeper with some more experienced in some areas of clinical beekeeping practice than others. If you are familiar with what elements make up the 12 core unit competencies and base your beekeeping practice learning around these you will find your beekeeping skill progressing confidently.
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