NPA - Beekeeping

National Progression Awards (NPAs) assess a defined set of skills and knowledge in specialist vocational areas, linked to National Occupational Standards. The NPA in Beekeeping at SCQF level 5 introduces learners to techniques that are important in the Apiculture sector.

This qualification includes an introduction to beekeeping covering the equipment and tools used to keep bees, and the techniques used to subdue and handle them. It also covers recognising the nectar producing plants bees need, and the pests and diseases that can affect bees. The course develops the learners scientific knowledge and understanding of the importance of bees to the wider agricultural economy and contains a practical unit which provides hands on experience of working with bees.

Warning! - The information contained within this course section is in the initial development Phase and is still currently under review. Please consult your local beekeeping association before using any of this content until further notice.

Qualification Aims

A Candidate should be able to:

  1. Describe the range and uses of beekeeping equipment.

  2. Name the principal nectar and pollen producing plants available locally and nationally.

  3. Explain how to subdue and handle bees under supervision.

  4. Describe the principal pests and diseases affecting bees in the UK. Subdue and manipulate bees with confidence and expertise.

  5. Describe and explain methods of swarm prevention and control.

  6. Apply systems for increasing numbers of bee colonies.

  7. Demonstrate how to assemble frames.

  8. Explain the science and practice of beekeeping.

  9. Understand the role of Apis Mellifera in the overall agricultural economy of the UK.