Beekeeping For Beginners’ Course

From: $200.00

From: $200.00


Beekeeping For Beginners

Although COVID19 restrictions have been eased a little we do still require the following observations to be made:

The COVIDSAFE App is to be running in the background on your phone

Please scan the QR code on arrival.

You are required to use the hand sanitiser solutions that are available

Social distancing will be observed

You may need to bring your mask; this will depend on updates at the time.

Please bring your own mug for tea / coffee

If you have any questions you wish to raise, please drop me a line at

There is quite a bit to know about managing bees and making sure they are well maintained in order that they do not suffer diseases or malnutrition.  I would strongly urge that you attend a short course to arm yourself with enough knowledge to do the right thing. The course will take place just outside Nairne at my home (155 Petwood Road, Petwood, SA, 5254).  The course starts at 09:00 and will run through to about 16:30 (on both days) with stops for tea and lunch as required.  Students bring their own lunches (See my note below about Pallet Cafe…).

Courses run from October onwards to about the end of March.  Please check availability by scrolling through the calendar on this page. In the meantime if I can be of any general beekeeping assistance please drop me an email via the “contact us’ facility on this website.

The available weekends are in green.  The fully booked are in red.  If you cannot proceed with payment, then the course has no vacant places. PLEASE NOTE THIS IS A TWO DAY COURSE OVER THE WEEKEND.

The cost is $200 per person for the course (+ gst). On the second day I will provide smocks and gloves for the hive inspection if required.  If you have your own bee suit then please bring it along if you wish.

The course is quite good fun and I am still in touch with quite a few former “students”.

To get started, I would recommend a book produced by the CSIRO and the University of NSW called Bee Agskills.  It is excellent.  You can buy a hard copy on line for about $25 or download it free if you have iBooks.

If you fancy picking up a cup of something delicious on your way over or a snack for your lunch, why not pop into Pallet Cafe in our local village (Nairne). Marcello and his staff run a wonderful establishment catering for light snacks and lunches. If you give them a call they will arrange for your lunch in advance which will be ready for you to pick up for the course. Have a look at Marcello’s website here.  Tell him I sent you.

I have been asked by many people if this course conforms with Cert III in Beekeeping.  The course content covers the basics required for Cert III and more.  However, I am not a registered RTO as it costs over $8,500 to get accredited, with ongoing annual charges.  So, no I do not issue a Cert III and you are not required to have one to keep bees in South Australia.  Cert III is aimed at those wishing to become commercial beekeepers.

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byScott Carmichael onBeekeeping For Beginners

This was an excellent 2 days, Crispin presents a wealth of knowledge in an interesting and engaging manner. I have gained a lot of confidence from what I have learned. I would highly recommend this course to anyone wanting to get started with bees.

Cheers Scott. Thanks for coming along and thanks for the review. Good luck with your bees. If you get stuck, drop me a line.

byTanya lucas onBeekeeping For Beginners
Fantastic well worth it

The course was very informative
Fantastic if your wanting to get your first hive or continue your learning
A must do thank you Crispin 😃

Thank you Tanya. It was lovely to have you along. We did get quite a bit covered so I hope you manage to retain most of it. Bee zags kills is a good book to help you along. Happy beekeeping.

byJason onBeekeeping For Beginners
Fantastic course

A very informative and enjoyable course. It gave me the confidence to go ahead with my first hive and turned what was an interest in bees into what I'm sure we'll be a lifelong passion.

byNeil Atkinson onBeekeeping For Beginners
Must do Course

The Beekeeping course I did was a good mix of education, interaction and a bit of fun. Crispin clearly knows his beekeeping as a result I feel much more comfortable when work with my hive/s. I’m surprised a course like this is not mandatory for all impending Beekeepers.

byJustine Duerden onBeekeeping For Beginners
GR8 Course

A thorough course with no questions unanswered. Crispin delivers his dialogue and instruction with the passion of someone whom enjoys what they're doing. This makes the course easy to follow as it's a lot of information to take on board. Importantly, he has the talent to keep the course moving along on schedule because there is plenty of detail to cover. The course is hosted in a welcoming environment alongside his home in beautiful Nairne of the Adelaide Hills. Crispin delivers small well structured courses in peaceful surrounds, educating and connecting people with common interest. Clearly an intelligent man with a myriad of solid experience. This is the 'Bee' course you want to do.

Hi Justine. It was a fun group of people. Thanks very much for your involvement. I do hope you will (one day) stretch to a second hive to accompany your first. All the best.

byJo Douglas onBeekeeping For Beginners
Fantastic course

I really enjoyed Crispin’s 2 day bee keeping course. I obtained enough knowledge about bees , hives and diseases to have the confidence to get started. Crispin is knowledgeable and delivers the content in an engaging manner.
Totally recommend this course.

Hello Jo. Lovely to hear from you. Thank you very much for taking the time to write a bit of feedback. I really do appreciate it.Have a lovely Christmas.

byEmma onBeekeeping For Beginners
Definitely Recommended

An absolutely wonderful course! Crispin is extremely thorough and informative and the course structure is of a very high, professional standard, yet it is still very welcoming and inclusive. Questions are encouraged and the small, personal touches such as home baked morning tea (which was delicious!), make this course such a great experience. I am so glad I did this course and feel much more confident entering the world of beekeeping . Crispin is an absolutely wealth of knowledge and would definitely recommend his course.

Hi Emma. Thank you very much for your kind words. I am so glad you enjoyed. I thought the whole group of people were such fun and certainly made my job a lot easier. Have a super holiday and I will see you about the bees in the New Year.

byRob Hore onBeekeeping For Beginners
The real bee keeper

Found this to be a realistic and very practical course to help me keep bees.

Thanks Rob. I’m glad you enjoyed it. Thanks for coming along.

byRosemary HULL onBeekeeping For Beginners
Best weekend of beekeeping

Thankyou Crispin for an informative and fun weekend of beekeeping. 🐝🐝🐝 Loved the hands on practical hive inspections. If you have ever thought of beekeeping do Crispins beekeeping weekend course. Professional and lots of fun too. 🌻🌻

Hi Rosemary. Thank you very much for the kind feedback and thank you for coming along to the course. I think we had a good crowd; everyone seemed to be involved and I hope were able to take something away with them. Keep in touch and if you have any problems, just drop me a line. All the best.

byPaul Gardner onBeekeeping For Beginners
Bee educated

The beginners course was the perfect balance between theory and practice for me. Crispin took us through a wealth of information before doing some field work. By the time we were around the hives the value of the theory prep became evident. A really great weekend for anyone interested in beekeeping.

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