Beekeeping For Beginners’ Course

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Beekeeping For Beginners

Now that South Australian borders are open to national and international travellers it is our policy that all those attending courses must be double vaccinated. Although this is a further imposition, we are now living in a very different world. Some of those attending will be elderly, some immuno-compromised and my wife works with very sick people at the RAH.  So we do still require the following observations to be made:

Demonstrate that you are double vaccinated on arrival using the SA Government app.

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 purple.  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 if you have iBooks or similar.

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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Beekeeping For Beginners
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 44 reviews
 by Jeannie Minnis
Course feedback

I first attended Crispin’s Beekeeping for Beginners three years ago and found it enormously helpful and I attended the course again today as a refresher. As a novice beekeeper I found repeating the course was money well spent.
Crispin is a very engaging educator whose course is well structured, informative and professionally presented.
As someone who has previously attended the course I can attest to his
excellent ‘after sales service’. I have on occasions contacted him by SMS for advice and have received a response within hours.
I would encourage anyone contemplating keeping bees, and novice beekeepers to undertake this excellent course.

Hi Jeannie,It was an absolute pleasure to have you on the course, again. And thanks for bringing Adrian with you. Although we didn’t see a queen this time I think we managed to see pretty much everything else, including a lot of queen cells. I think we had a lovely group on the course. Everyone contributed well. Keep well in these uncertain times.

 by Tim & Robbie Hill
Brilliant course for amateur beekeepers

We both really enjoyed this weekend course and recommend it to anybody interested in beekeeping. A lovely venue with beehives onsite. Crispin is experienced and knowledgable. He was very informative, entertaining and well prepared. It was great weekend .

It was a fun weekend and it is also you attendees that make the weekend so enjoyable. It was lovely to have you here and I'm glad you were able to develop that same enthusiasm I felt all those years ago. All the best.

 by Kate

What a fabulous course! Such great value! Crispin is so incredibly knowledgeable and experienced. He is a clear communicator and covered all the basics in great detail- I left with pages of notes and went straight home to order my own hive. Thanks Crispin 🙂

You're welcome Kate. Thanks for those kind words. I'm glad you have found the energy to push on with this great hobby. Let's see if we can gt you some nice bees.

 by Jim Maywald
A Great Start To Beekeeping

What a great and inspiring weekend. Crispin's passion for beekeeping is addictive. I got so much out of this course that I can absolutely recommend it to any prospective beekeeper before they embark on their journey. I now feel so much more confident in my beekeeping and hive management. Thanks again Crispin.

Good morning Jim. Gosh, thank you so much for your feedback. And thank you for coming along to my course. You won’t learn everything there is to know over a weekend, but I hope you have the tools you need to move forward. It was lovely to have you here. All the best.

 by Ruth Tomlinsonq
A Must For All Beekeepers

What a great weekend. We came away from our course with so much more confidence and knowledge in regard to our journey of beekeeping. Crispin makes you feel so comfortable, and runs his class with such a relaxed atmosphere, and a great deal of humour. I highly recommend this course for any person thinking of learning or improving their skills in beekeeping, if not for yourself, for the health and safety of your bees.

Hello Ruth and Rick. I had a lovely time teaching the course last weekend. In fact I do every time. The attendees really make it what it is and you were all great fun and great participants. Thank you for the kind words and I wish you well with your bees.

 by Melanie Parry-Jones

What a great weekend learning about bees. Loved Crispin’s relaxed and informed approach to teaching. He was welcoming and organized, taking individual needs into account. The teaching spaces were comfortable and easy to move around in, which was particularly important given my disability.
Crispin taught with a touch of mischief while remaining focused on the essential knowledge to get started in beekeeping. He was generous with responses to questions and personal anecdotes, which brought the theory to life. He safely guided the group through 2 hive inspections, which were fascinating and encouraging.
Delicious home made morning tea provided on both days and a delightful setting outside, where we were able to relax with our lunch.
Thank you Crispin for a wonderful learning experience which has certainly encouraged and supported me in my beekeeping pursuits.

"Yellow Mel". What can I say? Thank you very much for those kind words. I thoroughly enjoyed having you here to my property. The weekend went very well because you were all engaged and interested. Which makes my job all the more interesting. Best of luck with your bees and remember, you can always email me if you get stuck.

 by Jayde McSeveney
Do this course

A fun and informative weekend learning about the amazing life of bees and how to care for them. If you have an interest in bee keeping and don’t know where to start then do this course. A combination of in class theory and hands on learning getting to look inside the hive . Crispin presents the course with a passion for the art of bee keeping and some humour along the way.

Hi Jayde. Any more family members want to come and do the course. I've taught two generations; can we make it three? Thanks for making my job easier on the course. Having engaged fun people visit is brilliant. I enjoyed passing over my limited knowledge to you all. All the best and good luck with the bees.

 by Maria Esteban
Don't bee afraid!

Thoroughly enjoyed the course, I went in with minimal knowledge and absorbed much from Crispin as well as the other participants.
No question went unanswered.

Crispin is a relaxed presenter with good knowledge, good nature and good humour.

I have been keen about bees for a little while, but am now super excited about getting our own colony in the New Year.

I would recommend this course to anyone contemplating getting their own hive.

Thanks Maria. I thought the course attendees were all great fun and made it a great weekend. Thanks for being such an engaged "student". It makes my job so much easier. You have my email address. Use it if you get stuck.

 by Peter Egglestone
A must do for any beginner

Crispin is a wealth of knowledge and as eager to part with his knowledge as you are to learn. I've been into bees for about 6 months, and despite having a good base knowledge, I learned so much from this Bee Guru! The coursework is broad and there is something for everyone. Thanks Crispin

Hello Peter. Thank you very much for your review. I am so appreciative when people can find a few moments to put a word or two down. Good luck with your bees and remember, if you need any help, I'm an email away.

 by Josh Foran
A fantastic course

If you are wondering about this course, read the chronology of reviews below. There is a common consensus that I would iterate; Crispin is an excellent teacher, the course material is comprehensive and most importantly it is both interesting and engaging.

I came to this course as a true beginner and now am fully confident in the prospect of maintaining a productive hive.

Thank you Crispin for a valuable weekend.

Hello Josh. How kind of you. Thank you for taking time to write a few lines. It was lovely to have you along. I think we had a good crowd on that weekend. And thanks for your help at the hives. Good luck going forward and if there is any advice you need, just drop me a line. Crispin.

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