Online Training for Apiary Workers
This comprehensive course has been developed for Apiary workers. It is based on real-world best practices used on farms across Canada. This simple, practical training package ensures that even the busiest farms can successfully train their workers quickly and with no down-time.
This course was developed in consultation with Apiary Producers and industry experts across Canada. The training is based on National Occupational Standards, which are national employee benchmarks that define the knowledge and behaviours required for job success.
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Module 1: Introduction to Honey Bees
In this module, you will learn the fundamentals of honey bees and beekeeping, including what honey bees are, the three castes of honey bees, common tools and equipment needed for beekeeping, and essential terminology you will need to use on the job.
Module 2: Health and Safety
In this module, you will learn how to keep yourself and your co-workers healthy and safe at work. Specific topics include the personal protective equipment (PPE) you will need to wear, apiary safety, and dealing with bee stings.
This module is an introduction to health and safety. You will receive more health and safety training on the job through WHMIS (Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System) training and during your employee orientation with your supervisor.
Module 3: Seasonal Management
In this module, you will learn about the seasonal tasks and procedures that are carried out in the apiary. You will also learn how to feed the honey bees, expand colonies, prevent and manage swarms, and winter bees indoors and outdoors.
Module 4: Handling and Moving Honey Bees
In this module, you will learn how to handle bees, calm bees, and move hives
Module 5: Biosecurity: Keeping Honey Bees Healthy
In this module, you will learn what biosecurity is and why it is important. You will also learn about important policies and measures that are needed to minimize the risk of introducing and spreading pests and diseases to help keep honey bee colonies healthy.
Module 6: Honey Bee Health
In this module, you will learn how to identify signs and symptoms of some of the common types of pests and diseases. You will also learn about the different methods used to monitor and control pests and disease to keep honey bee colonies healthy.
Module 7: Harvesting Honey
In this module, you will learn about harvesting and extracting honey. You will also review methods to prevent robbing during the harvest
Module 8: Queen Rearing
In this module, you will learn what queen rearing is and how to do it using a starter/finisher method. You will cover concepts such as Queen Cell Building, Grafting and Queen Mating.