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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 one day 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.

We hope to run the next  course in  2021. The price of the course includes a discount on the first years membership when purchased at the same time

Further Information & Booking                                                   




To find out more about the Taster Day or the Beginners' Day 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. 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  the Branch Committee   ~  BBKA Basic Assessment

Successful candidates can have the examination fee for  the Basic and all BBKA Module  examinations  refunded by Cumbria Beekeepers’ Association.

BBKA Basic Assessment Study Group on Facebook ~ here

Paying for Courses

Please make cheques payable to:   

Carlisle Beekeepers Association

Helen Griggs

Nook Farm


Newcastleton, TD9 0TR

Further Training

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

 BBKA 2021 Examination Information  ~ 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 Assessment

The new syllabus can be found      ~ here

Beekeeping Taster Day ~ cost to be confirmed

About the Course ~ here

There are no courses currently planned

Next Course 9th May

Information ~ here

email - carlisle.beekeepers@gmail.com

Gift Vouchers Available for Both Days

Introduction to Beekeeping ~ £40

About the Course ~ here

There will be two courses with identical content :-

1. Over Zoom - three sessions and an apiary visit.

2.  Face to face - one day 21st May.

Gift Vouchers Available for Both Days

The BBKA provide a range of further qualifications, some as practical assessments, some as written papers.  To apply for any of these contact the County Examinations Officer:

     Stewart Beattie ~ email ~  caterthun@gmail.com

A member who passes any BBKA assessment or examination can have the examination fee refunded by Cumbria Beekeeping Association