Take a Bee Course!

Workshops, classes and hands on courses are a great start

Beginners in apiculture are highly encouraged to attend introductory courses in beekeeping before purchasing honey bees. Training is offered in several provinces and online:

Maritime Canada Central Canada Western Canada Online International
Newfoundland & Labrador Quebec Saskatchewan Canada USA
Nova Scotia Ontario Alberta USA International
New Brunswick Manitoba British Columbia    
Prince Edward Island        


British Columbia

Commercial Beekeeping Training program, learn to manage up to 300 colonies, Kwantlen Polytechnic University, Vancouver, BC

Sustainable Urban Beekeeping certificate program, Langara College Continuing Studies, Vancouver, BC

Bee Courses held biannually in May by BCMAL in conjunction with University British Columbia.

The Honey Bee Centre in Surrey offers short courses designed for the urban beekeeper

Honeyland Canada offers short course for beekeepers in Pitt Meadows

Urban Bee Supplies offers beginner courses in Vancouver

Bees Incorporated offers a variety of beekeeping classes in the Okanagan

Chilliwack Beekeepers offers certified introductory beekeeping course May through August.


Alberta Agriculture and Rural Development offers extension courses in beginner and intermediate beekeeping in two locations, Airdrie and Edmonton

Grand Prairie Regional College - Fairview campus offers a commercial beekeeping certificate

ABC Backyard bees offers beginner courses in Calgary


Saskatchewan Beekeepers Association offers extension courses in beginner and intermediate beekeeping in May and June

Regina and District Bee Club offers a beginner beekeeping course in May


University of Manitoba and MAFRI jointly offer a non credit course "Beekeeping for the Hobbyist"


Ontario Beekeepers' Association Tech Transfer program offers 3 one day introductory courses.

University of Guelph Honey Bee Research Centre offers Introductory Beekeeping courses.

Dancing Bee Honey offers beginner beekeeping workshops in spring

Chatsworth Honey offers beginner beekeeping workshops in spring.

Lacelle's Apiary offers hands-on beginner beekeeping workshops in spring and summer.

"The Urban Beekeeper course" at Algonquin College, Woodroffe campus.Register for spring course.

Propolis-etc offers hands-an introduction to beekeeping course in Toronto in May



Api Guru offers a one day course for the urban beekeeper.

City Farm School offers a 6 week course over winter on Introduction to Ecological Urban Beekeeping.

Miel Montreal offers a course of instruction on Urban Beekeeping.


Dalhousie University offers The Modern Beekeeper, a hands on course in 4 modules that are timed with the annual beekeeping cycle.

Online Courses Canada

Centre for Open Learning and Educational Support offers Introductory Apiculture and Honey Bee Biology, University of Guelph.

 Online Courses USA

Beekeeping 101 Penn State Extension, Pennsylvania

Beekeeping Education and Engagement System (BEES) NC State University

Online Apprentice-level Beekeeping University of Montana

Ohio State Beekeepers offers a web based introductory beekeeping

USA "Hands On" Courses

University of Minnesota - Bee Squad Public Courses in Beekeeping

Penn State University - Honey bee courses.