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Carlisle Beekeepers Association supports members and prospective members who wish to train in all aspects of beekeeping.  The association normally runs a beginners course each year, with both practical and theory sessions.

The Beginners’ course is designed to provide people interested in beekeeping with the knowledge and practical skills they will need to get started. Beginners are also very welcome to attend the regular apiary meetings, where they can gain more experience and meet some interesting beekeepers.

The last course was run in February  2019. The price of the course includes

one years membership of the Carlisle Beekeepers Association

 Further Information & Booking                                                   



To find out more about the beginners' course please contact the Secretary

Emma Keir

016973 52114


Basic Beekeeping Assessment - Practical Assessment

Carlisle Beepkeeping Association will also arrange for members to be assessed for the BBKA Basic Beekeeping Certificate at the association apiary at Walby. Details of the Basic qualification can be found  on the BBKA web site. If you would like to discuss the Basic Beekeeping Assessment please contact Christine.   ~  BBKA Basic Assessment

Successful candidates can have the examination fee for  the Basic and Module 3  refunded by Cumbria Beekeepers Association.

BBKA Basic Assessment Study Group on Facebook ~ here

Paying for Courses

Please make cheques payable to:   

Carlisle Beekeepers Association

Further Training

The BBKA provide a framework of  training , education  and further qualifications for beekeepers. ~   

 BBKA 2018 Examination Dates ~ here

BBKA Education

Picture by Ian Burrow

Honey Bee Health Certificate - Practical Assessment

This new practical assessment sits between the Basic and the General Husbandry Assesment

The new syllabus can be found      ~ here

County Examinations Officer

Stewart Beattie