Beekeeping For Beginners Courses for next season will be available from October onwards. The hives are now closed down for winter. Dates are now visible for booking. 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.
Be sure to check availability. 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.
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.
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 you have your own bee suit then please bring it along if you wish.
I have also built in to my course a discussion about Manuka honey and the Flow hive as they are currently quite hot topics. 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.
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.
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I have been bee keeping for a little while but lacked some basics and confidence. Crispin's course and knowledge helped me fix those short comings. I now have much more confidence and have learned even more than I would have hoped. I cannot recommend Crispin's course and his knowledge of his craft highly enough, even if you have a working knowledge this course is so helpful. Crispin is a master of his skill. My Bee's will be better looked after now as a result of what he has taught me.
Hello Ken. Thank you so much for posting those kind words. I'm so glad you enjoyed the course and have gained something from it. You have a nice strong hive and it's in a great place. So hopefully you now have the tools to really enjoy the hobby. Keep in touch, I'm only just down the road.
What an amazing course!
I can highly recommend this course for anyone who has an interest in bees and bee keeping. The course is friendly and highly informative giving great opportunities for hands on experience. Crispin’s expertise and years of knowledge mixed with his great sense of humor added to the overall weekend experience.
We took over two hours to travel to this course and it was well worth every minute and dollar spent. Since I have undertaken this course Crispin has always been happy to help and guide with further information or direct me to the appropriate source.
Even the baked goods were delightful; it’s well worth the five stars and more.
Nice to hear from you Kathy. Thank you very much for taking the time to post a review. Eve's biscuits and cake were pretty good, I have to admit.
We have just completed the weekend course on bee keeping; just fabulous. An intense "hands-on course" that is enlightening regarding these amazing creatures. The course is both practical and academic with excellent information and tips, and good discussions too. Highly recommended for anyone thinking of starting out on such an adventure.
Thanks for a fantastic experience Crispin.
Thank you very much Dee. And thank you for sending the video clips through. I can't believe we found those two queens in one box. Well spotted (I think it was you?). Best of luck when you eventually get your bees. I'm here if you need me.
A great time was had by all on this very entertaining and informative course. Cripsin was well informed, articulate and amusing as we were introduced to the world of bee keeping including the invaluable experience of being fully involved in a hive inspection. A good experience that I highly recommend.
I'm so glad you enjoyed it Daryl. It was great to have you along.
I cannot speak highly enough of this course. It is informative, relaxed and Crispin is incredibly generous with both his time and knowledge. The teaching area is comfortable and being able to be hands on with the bees and his hives makes for an excellent learning environment. I also liked that the class was small. And his honey is the best I've ever tasted. Great to meet you Crispin! 🙂
Thank you for taking the time to write a review Mark. These posts are very important to me and I do appreciate that you have taken time to do so. It was a pleasure having you along.
Crispin’s weekend workshop on beekeeping is outstanding and I would recommend it to anyone interested in keeping bees. Crispin’s engaging style kept everyone truly captivated over two intensive days. Armed with the course content and the experience of donning a beekeepers’s suit and inspecting a hive has given me the confidence to get a hive.
I was quite fearful of bees before attending this workshop, however I now have a healthy respect for bees and look forward to getting to know my bees when I collect my hive.
Thanks for those kind words and for your participation on the course. Keep in touch and if I can anything to help just drop me a line.
it is a fantastic course that i enjoyed over the two days with a amazing knowledgeable bee keeper with a lot of experience that now i fell confident enough to put the paper work in today the day after i finished my course for my registration thank you for all your help
Louise, how lovely to hear from you. Thank you very much for the feedback. Kind words indeed. Good luck with beekeeping. If you get stuck, drop me a line.
Thankyou for a great weekend of Beginner bee keeping, it was a very informative two days reinforced by the hands on experience and we opened your bee hives to gain experience and reinforce your class room teaching.I left very excited and wanting to start my new bee keeping adventure, thankyou
Hi Dwayne. It was lovely to have you along on the course. Thank you very much for the kind words. If you need any advise, you have my details, just drop me a line.
Top marks for Crispin's Beekeeping for Beginner's weekend course. Crispin is such an engaging teacher - he made us very welcome, he kept us entertained and he certainly knows his stuff. Heaps of anecdotes, tips and tricks, and great hands on experience. I began with little knowledge of beekeeping and certainly zero experience, and after 2 very enjoyable days of the course I now have the enthusiasm and confidence to get started. Thank you Crispin, you certainly have lit a spark!
Hi Julian. Thank you for taking time to put a few words together. It is very much appreciated. I hope you and Sarah go from strength to strength with your new hobby. Yours, Crispin
Great teacher, very thorough with a good sense of humour. Was a mixed class with experienced bee keepers and complete beginners (me). Interactive class allowed for many questions to be asked. Many tips and tricks shared. Comfortable setting. Would recommend.
Thanks Brittany. Good luck with your beekeeping.