Basic Assessment and Module exams

WBKA Basic Assessment certificate

WBKA Basic Assessment certificate

Are you serious about bees and beekeeping?

Have you completed an Introduction to Beekeeping course?

Have you kept your own bees for a couple of years, attended beekeeping talks and apiary sessions, and read widely on beekeeping?

If so, why not consider taking the Welsh Beekeepers’ Association Basic Assessment?
Click here  for details and application form.

We can arrange pre-assessment informal apiary sessions at the BeesWales Apiary near Tal y Cafn, where candidates can compare and share their beekeeping methods.

Basic Assessments are done in June or July.  Conwy BK candidates are assessed at Anglesey BKA Apiary.  Contact us for directions.

The Basic Assessment consists of…

  1. Making up a deep British Standard frame of foundation, supplied by the candidate.  Bring your own tools.
  2. Opening up a hive of bees, handling combs of bees with confidence, examining and describing a colony of bees, answering questions, and closing the hive.
  3. A question and answer session, covering any aspect of the syllabus.  Most candidates find the Pests and Diseases section the most testing, and this requires serious study.

Candidates should provide their own clean protective clothing and their own smoker, hive tool, uncapping fork etc, and a honey jar and lid for a sample of bees.
Bring a bucket and lid for bits of brace comb (labelled Wax) and one for smoker fuel and a good toolbox, not an old plastic carrier bag.  Valuable points are at stake here!

Useful information Mid Bucks BKA Basic Assessment Study Notes   Well recommended.

Conwy Beekeepers’ members should contact us for support, if they wish to take the Basic Assessment.   Email

The next step

You’ve passed the Basic, you’ve had a few more years with the bees, you’re passionate about beekeeping,  you love talking about your bees to anyone who will listen, and you are at risk of becoming a beekeeping anorak.

Now is the time to tackle the BBKA Modules!


1 – Honey bee management
2 – Honey bee products and forage
3 – Honey bee Pests, Diseases and Poisoning
5 – Honey bee Biology
6 – Honey bee Behaviour
7 – Selection and Breeding of Honey bees
8 – Honey bee Health, Management and History

Module 4 has been discontinued.

Useful information

  • Mid Bucks BKA study notes   Well recommended.   Scroll down past Archives to Categories to find the Modules study notes.

Preparing for the modules

Make no mistake, the modules are a big step up from the Basic. They require commitment and serious study over several years.  Working to a deadline will certainly increase your beekeeping knowledge quickly.  We will put local candidates in touch with each other, and suggest that they form self-help groups, to work through past exam papers and share their knowledge.

We encourage members to take advantage of any opportunity to increase their beekeeping experience and know-how, by attending short courses, beekeeping conventions and talks, instructing at our apiary meetings, and assessing Basic candidates.

Peter McFadden, Secretary, Conwy Beekeepers.
Updated April 2024

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