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Explore how to start a beehive with this beekeeping course. If you are a beginner and interested in getting started, this course will walk you through all the basics of beekeeping. Learn how to raise bees in your backyard and understand how much it costs to start beekeeping. This IRES course is the perfect beekeeping guide. It will answer your questions about honeybee biology, beekeeping equipment and suit options, and what to expect during your first year of beekeeping.


10 Days

Who Should Attend

  • This course is for someone who is interested in learning all the basics of becoming a beekeeper, the equipment needed, and how to run a successful apiary.
  • Beginner beekeepers who are wanting to reinforce skills or who want to further their current beekeeping skills.

Course Level:

Course Objectives

At the end of this IRES training course, you will learn:

  • Participants will learn about the history of beekeeping and collecting honey for food.
  • They will have a firm understanding about why honey bees are dying and how to help them.
  • Students will learn the cost/time commitment, equipment needed, and everything else they need to know to become a beekeeper.
  • Participants will know what state and local regulations they should research before placing hives on their property.
  • Participants will learn about the primary breeds of honey bees used by beekeepers, and about their basic physiology.
  • Participants will know where to buy their own honey bees.
  • Participants will learn about the main types of hives used by beekeepers.
  • Participants will know what basic beekeeping equipment they need and where to buy it from reputable suppliers.
  • Participants will also know how to setup their hives and put their bees into them.
  • They will learn about the different diseases and parasites that affect honeybees, and how to treat them.
  • Participants will learn the annual hive maintenance schedule used by beekeepers, and what they should be looking for during each season of the year.
  • They will have a solid understanding of how to manage the hives and inspect them on a regular basis.
  • They will know when and how to extract the honey from the hives, process it, and bottle it for sale.

Course Outline

Module 1

  • History of Beekeeping
  • Benefits of Bees
  • Decline of the Honeybee Population

Module 2

  • Zoning, Neighbors, Family Support, Costs, and Time Considerations
  • What You Need to Do Before You Start Beekeeping
  • Types of Honey Bees

Module 3

  • Obtaining Your Bees
  • How Bees Communicate and Make Honey
  • Honey Bee Life Cycle - Honeybee Jobs & How Queens are Made
  • Types of Hives

Module 4

  • Selecting a Location for Your Hives
  • Protecting Your Hives with Raised Stands and Fencing
  • Basic Beekeeping Equipment - What You Need and What's Optional

Module 5

  • How to Build Your Equipment for Your Bees Arrival?
  • How to Install Your Bees into Their New Hive?

Module 6

  • Do's and Don'ts Before Visiting Your Hives
  • How Often to Inspect Your Hive Throughout the Year
  • How to Inspect a Beehive - Inside and Out?

Module 7

  • What to Expect Your First 12 Months
  • Beekeeping Calendar: How Beekeeping Inspections Change Throughout the Year
  • How Nectar Flow and Bloom Cycles Affect Your Bees

Module 8

  • Common Hive Problems
  • Potential Hive Diseases

Module 9

  • Honeybee Pests - Prevention and Treatment
  • Honey Harvest - Honey Extraction Equipment Needed & How to Harvest Your Honey
  • Honey Label Requirements

Module 10

  • Cleaning Up Your Beeswax to Make Bee Products with It
  • When and How to Prepare Your Hives for Winter

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The instructor led trainings are delivered using a blended learning approach and comprise of presentations, guided sessions of practical exercise, web-based tutorials and group work. Our facilitators are seasoned industry experts with years of experience, working as professional and trainers in these fields.

All facilitation and course materials will be offered in English. The participants should be reasonably proficient in English.


Upon successful completion of this training, participants will be issued with an Indepth Research Institute (IRES) certificate certified by the National Industrial Training Authority (NITA).


The training will be held at IRES Training Centre. The course fee covers the course tuition, training materials, two break refreshments and lunch.

All participants will additionally cater for their, travel expenses, visa application, insurance, and other personal expenses.


Accommodation and airport pickup are arranged upon request. For reservations contact the Training Officer.

Email:[email protected]/[email protected]

Mob: +254 715 077 817/+250789621067


This training can also be customized to suit the needs of your institution upon request. You can have it delivered in our IRES Training Centre or at a convenient location.

For further inquiries, please contact us on Tel: +254 715 077 817/+250789621067

Mob: +254 792516000+254 792516010 , +250 789621067 ,or mail [email protected]/[email protected]


Payment should be transferred to IRES account through bank on or before start of the course.

Send proof of payment to [email protected]/[email protected]

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