Our education officer works hard in promoting the education side of our branch and encouraging our members to study for the full range of examinations and courses that the BBKA has to offer. As a result, we hope this will lead our members to be better and more knowledgeable beekeepers.

Beekeeping Courses

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We are pleased to announce that more members of our branch have successfully passed the “BBKA Basic Assessment” this year. Candidates had to have kept bees for at least 12 months.

Study groups have also been set up for members who wish to learn more from BBKA modules which follow on from the basic assessment. As a result, we are hopeful of more success this year. These study groups have proven a great way of learning therefore expanding your knowledge. The exams are optional.

Association Courses for 2022

Taster Session

Sunday 21st August
Venue: East Lancs Beekeepers Association Apiary, Off-Shoots Permaculture Project, Towneley Park, Burnley
Time: 1pm, lasts approx 2 hours 
Cost: £15

Ever thought about keeping bees?

This taster session will give you the experience of seeing a hive and a colony of bees close up. It is also a great chance to ask any questions about beekeeping and what it entails.

This is not a replacement nor a requirement for a full beginner’s course which we would always recommend before getting bees. The session could help you work out if a beekeeping course is something you want to continue with.

Please email us at to book a place.

Introduction to Beekeeping Course

We are pleased to announce details for Autumn beginners’ courses.

The Introduction to Beekeeping course is classroom based and will be followed by a practical session once the weather is warm enough to open hives next Sprin. The course is intended to provide you with all the information you need to get started and to help you decide if beekeeping is for you.

Course 1 –  Run over 5 sessions
Date: Starting Tuesday 13th September
Venue: St Christopher’s CE High School, Queen’s Road West, Accrington, BB5 4AY
Time: Every Tuesday 6-8pm, 13th, 20th, 27th September, 4th & 11th October (5 sessions in total)

Course 2 – Run over 2 sessions
Date: Sunday 9th & 16th October
Venue: Trawden Community Centre, Church St, Trawden, BB8 8RU
Time: 10am – 4pm (2 sessions in total)

The cost of the course is £75 per person, which includes a copy of the BBKA Guide to Beekeeping book to accompany the course.

If you would like to book a place on of the courses, please email us at You will need to be able to attend all sessions on the course (ie 5 at Accrington or 2 at Trawden).

Improver Courses

Basic Assessment

Covering the basic skills and knowledge of beekeeping, the BBKA Basic Assessment is an excellent course for beekeepers wanting to consolidate their working knowledge of beekeeping as well as a proven way for established beekeepers to bring themselves up to date with such things as disease management.

To take the Basic Assessment you should have managed at least one colony of bees for a minimum of 12 months

We will be running the theory side of the ‘Preparing for your Basic Assessment’ over Zoom. We will also be running a few practical sessions at the club apiary. There will be study work set after the sessions which follow the correspondence course questions. 

Zoom sessions will be on a Tuesday and a Thursday from 7pm-8:30pm, on the following dates:-
16th June
21st June
23rd June
28th June
30th June
5th July
7th July
Practical readiness week of 10th July
Assessment week of 17th July

If you are interested, then please email our education officer Nicky Leeth direct at


Please email the association if you would like to join one of the courses.


For details of training being run by other branches, please click on the following link


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