Bee Keeping QQI Level 5

 Bee Keeping QQI Level 5


8 Weeks  Monday 6.30pm to 8.30pm

Have you ever dreamed about having your own golden honey but lacked the knowledge as to how get your own hive?  This course will teach you how to establish your own hive and manage your hive.


Course Content

  • Pollination and pollinators in the context of the 2010 UNEP report
  • Beekeeping past and present.   Getting started.  Hive types and their respective advantages and disadvantages; hive parts and their functions
  • The honey bee cycle; occupants of the hive and their functions.
  • Parasites and diseases of the honey bee.
  • Hive management: Stock increase, swarm control, hive splitting, uniting stocks, beekeeper’s calendar etc.
  • Removal of honey from the hive and its processing.
  • Sustainable versus conventional beekeeping.
  • A bee-centred approach to beekeeping.


Course Dates     

Monday              8th, 15th and 22nd  October                                          6.30pm to 8.30pm

Monday              5th, 12th, 19th and 26th, Dec 3rd                                  6.30pm to 8.30pm


**A visit to Bee hives may change the dates slightly 


Course Fee           €160


FETAC examination fee of €20 is payable for certification.  If you have a valid medical card you will be exempt from the examination fee but a copy of this must be presented prior to commencement of the course. Email to