Beekeeping 101

This online course about the science and practice of beekeeping is for beginning beekeepers. It covers bee biology and behavior, hive management, equipment, bee products, and more.
Beekeeping 101 - Online Courses
Skill Level: Beginner, Intermediate
Length of Access: 365 days
Sections: 10
Length: 9 hours
Language: English

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Beekeeping is especially important now, as growing dangers threaten honeybees all over the world. We’ll talk about many of these dangers in this course. You’ll learn about bee biology and behavior, hive management throughout the year, bee diseases and pests, swarming behavior, the equipment beekeepers use, bee products including honey, and much more.

In this self-paced course, you will gain a basic understanding of beekeeping through live videos presented by your instructors and readings with images. The course includes handouts, including plans for building your own solar extractor. You will complete interactive questions and a final quiz. When you successfully finish this course and pass the final quiz, you will earn a certificate of completion.

After taking this course, you'll be well-equipped to manage your own bee colonies.

Who is this for?
  • People interested in getting started in beekeeping
  • People with some experience who want to learn more about the science of beekeeping
What will you learn?

You will learn how to:

  • understand the science of honeybees
  • implement the best practices of experienced beekeepers
  • understand bee biology and behavior
  • use typical beekeeping clothing and equipment
  • manage a hive throughout the year
  • identify and treat common bee pests and diseases
  • outline various bee products you and your bees can make
  • understand pollination and the role bees play in it


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