Basic Beekeeping Training

Your first steps into the world of beekeeping

Courses organised by the MDBKA can be booked via our Course Bookings Scheduler. Before you can book any courses, you must Login to this website. To book a training course you will need a username and password.  If you do not have a training username and password – click on the “Book Training Course” button below. Alternatively select the “Training Login” in the dropdown under Members in the top navigation bar.  On the next page click the “Create new user account” link.

Terms & Conditions

Book Training Courses


Building on the great success of the 2021 style of course we will be offering 25 places on our 2023 Course which will begin on Monday the 30th of January 2023.

The course will comprise:
6 weekly Zoom session on Monday evenings
This will be followed by 5 fortnightly practical sessions in the Apiary at the Dower House in Heaton Park.  This will include practical things like equipment assembly and maintenance and an introduction to Microscopy.  The 6 sessions will run in two separate groups on alternate Mondays.

The cost per person will be £150 which will include membership of the Association and the BBKA for 2023, from the start date of the course to the end of 2023. (this includes Insurance for Beekeepers and their hive(s) – terms and conditions apply. It also gives members access to the Association Shop where beekeeping equipment etc can be obtained at good prices).
A copy of the Associations Handbook will be provided which gives lots of useful information including contacts detail for suppliers etc.

Participants in the Practical sessions will need a bee suit, some wellingtons/protective boots and some nitrile gloves (which can be purchased at the Apiary).

PLACES ARE LIMITED TO THE FIRST 25 – First Come, First Served.

The following may be helpful for those of you who do not have Zoom already.

Zoom can be used on:
# Computer – Mac or PC
# Tablet – Android or iOS 
# Mobile phone –  Android – iOS ( not suitable for PowerPoint due to size.)

For an easy to follow guide go to:-

Another option is to go direct to Zoom and click on ‘Sign up, It’s free’.

Contact Us

For further information: select the Training Enquiry option in the Contact page on our website.
Alternatively you can contact the association’s Training Officer, Peter McEvitt.
Tel: 07955 482671 (dedicated training number with voicemail)