Basic Assessment

The BBKA beekeeping basic assessment is for those beekeepers who have kept one colony of bees for at least one year. It is a practical assessment which examines the beekeepers practical skills and knowledge.  It covers:

  • Frame Making
  • Smoker lighting and maintenance
  • Ability to handle bees
  • Recognise, name and manipulate hive parts
  • Recognise, name and discuss:
    • Worker Bees, worker brood in all stages
    • Drones, drone brood
    • Queen and queen cells
    • Honey store
    • Pollen Stores
    • Common bee diseases
    • Common brood disease
  • Be able to collect a sample of bees for testing

For further information follow this link BBKA Basic Assessment

Basic Assessment Study Support Group

The study support group will meet at Lichfield Community fire station. Dates Below/
You qualify to join this group if you will have kept one colony of bees for at least 12 months by July 2021.

Basic Assessment training at Lichfield Fire Station

Basic Assessment exam at Shugborough Apiary


To be confirmed.