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Training 2021

The training course currently on offer include the Beginner’s Theory course and learning study groups for the BBKA exam Modules 2,3 & 7.

Other training courses that are normally held will be added if easing of current restrictions make them possible. These include the Beginners’ Practical course, the Microscopy course and preparation for the Basic Assessment.

Beginners’ Theory & Practical Courses

The Theory course for 2021 will be held via a series of Zoom Meetings commencing on 11th January 7.30pm - 9.30pm and running for 8 consecutive Monday evenings through until 1st March.

The fee is £50 which includes a copy of the BBKA book, around which the course is based, and the support of the training team throughout. Places are still available. Use the contact form below if you are interested.

A copy of the 2019 Theory Course Schedule can be downloaded in PDF format.

Plans to hold a New Starters Evening have yet to be finalised.

If you wish to register your interest for any of the courses operated by the North Cheshire Branch or require further information about them, please contact the Branch Training Coordinator using the form below.

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The associated Practical course is normally offered at the Branch Apiary, Walton, and at trainers' apiaries in our area (currently Chester, Hartford, Hatton). This will be delivered during the 'flying season' (normally April – July), usually at weekends, and by arrangement with the trainers if changes to Covid-19 restrictions permit.


Basic Assessment

A three session theory course may be run by North Cheshire in April and May followed by a practical session to prepare candidates for the BBKA Basic Assessment.

The date for the associated practical examination is still to be arranged.

Please contact Stuart Hatton, 01925 263023, mobile 07778 592835 or email to register for the course.

Module 2, 3 & 7 Study Groups

The study groups are run as part of the Cheshire Beekeepers’ Association Education Programme and are loosely based on the Syllabuses for the Module Examinations of the BBKA.

Each course will consist of about nine sessions, beginning in October/November 2020 and ending in February/March 2021 in time for people to prepare to sit the examination if they so wish. There is no pressure on participants to take the exam or any expectation that they should do so.

The Study Groups are open to any member of Cheshire Beekeepers’ Association who has at least three years’ experience of keeping bees and has passed the BBKA Basic Assessment.

The study groups for the 2019/2020 Winter programme cover Module 2 (Honey Bee Products & Forage), Module 3 (Honey Bee Diseases) and Module 7 (Queen Rearing). Further details can be found by selecting the desired module.


A one-day microscopy workshop is normally organised by CBKA and run by Graham Royle, taking place at Frodsham Community Centre, Fluin Lane, Frodsham, WA6 7QN. Plans for this workshop are on hold. This course provides an opportunity to carry out honeybee dissection as well as pollen analysis and Nosema & Acarine detection. No previous experience required. The cost is normally £15 per person with tea & coffee provided but you will need to bring a packed lunch.

Book online or contact contact Stuart Hatton, 01925 263023, mobile 07778 592835 or email to register for the course.

Beginners' Theory Schedule 2021


Due to COVID-19 and the Government’s advice the NCBK training courses that are available will be held in the format of Zoom Meetings.

CBKA are running a series of On-Line Meetings / Video Lectures for members whilst Government restrictions apply.