Basic & Higher Assessment

The Basic Assessment is a completely oral and practical assessment that demonstrates you have achieved a good level of understanding of how to manage your bees.

You should have been keeping bees for at least one full season before undertaking the assessment and candidates often find the beginner’s courses provided by their local associations a good starting point. These courses will provide much of the information needed to take the assessment. Also have a look at the syllabus to make sure you know what to expect.

It is possible to take the assessment in your own apiary but the preference is for candidates to use association apiaries or travel to assessors and use their facilities. The assessment will take approximately one hour during which you will be asked to open a hive and inspect the colony and answer some questions.

To apply for the assessment complete the application form and send it together with the fees to the Exams Board Secretary. The details are on the application form or email for more information.


Module exam dates: – 24 March & 10 November 2018

Module 1 Honey bee Management (BBKA pdf)

Module 2 Honey bee Products and Forage (BBKA pdf)

Module 3 Honey bee Pests, Diseases and Poisoning (BBKA pdf)

Module 5 Honey bee Biology (BBKA pdf)

Module 6 Honey bee Behaviour  (BBKA pdf)

Module 7 Selection & Breeding of Honey bees (BBKA pdf)

Module 8 Honey bee Management, Health and History (BBKA pdf)

Please visit the BBKA website for module syllabi, Basic Husbandry, Advanced Husbandry and microscopy exams and assessment syllabi.

(including dates & fees).
(Including: Bee Health, Bee Breeding and Microscopy Certificate, and General and Advaced Husbandry.)
Last page update 03/06/2018