Backyard Beekeeping - Northern Beaches Community College

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Backyard Beekeeping

Course Outline

Would you like to harvest your own honey? It’s easy to have a few hives and then let the bees do most of the work for you. Learn everything you need to know about bees, the equipment needed and how much honey you can expect. Find out what other products you can make such as beer, candles, soap and cosmetic creams. Honey tasting and comprehensive notes are provided and places are limited.


  • Introduction to the Course
  • What is honey?
  • History of beekeeping
  • Honey flora – the importance of bees
  • Legislation – locating the hive
  • How to get the bees
  • Honey bees – castes, lifecycles, re-queening
  • Swarming
  • Catching a swarm
  • Collecting the pollen and nectar
  • Bee hive – hive management
  • Splitting a hive
  • Re-locating a hive
  • Harvesting the honey – types of honey
  • Honey bee products – honeycomb, beer, etc.
  • Australian native bees
  • Bee stings
  • Bee health
  • Harvesting the wax
  • Beeswax uses – candles, cosmetics, soap, etc.
  • Flow Hive
  • Top-bar hive
  • Practical demonstration – extracting the honey from the honeycomb
  • Course review

About the tutor

Judith Sleijpen graduated from Ryde School of Horticulture with distinction in Urban Horticulture and gained experience in the retail nursery industry for several years. As a Member of the Horticultural Media Association, Judith writes a monthly gardening column for “Peninsula Living” and has also published articles in “Landscape Contractor and Manager”, “Better Homes and Gardens”, ”Gardens and Outdoor Living” and “The Garden Gurus”.Passionate about plants, gardens and bees, she is a Member of the Australian Institute of Horticulture, a former Committee Member of the Sydney Executive Committee of Open Gardens Australia and a former member of the Speakers’ Bureau of the Royal Botanic Gardens. Apart from conducting her garden design and horticultural consultancy business, “Gardens, Balconies and Beyond”, Judith is a tour leader for the David Jones Flower Show and judges garden competitions in Ryde, Camden, Campbelltown, Bayside and Randwick.

$129 Limited inc GST / $116.10
Backyard Beekeeping

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Course testimonials:

  • Applying for the event was friendly and easy via the telephone. The course covered every bit of information needed in understanding about bees to caring for them then reaping their byproducts. Judith was engaging and enthusiastic. The day went very quickly. I intend to register for another of Judith's course.
  • Judith was an amazingly engaging and passionate trainer which came through in the course and made for a fantastic experience
  • The Beekeeping course was extremely informative and well presented. Judith is an excellent Tutor!
  • Judith is an excellent instructor and obviously very passionate about her subject.
  • A very informative, well managed course on bee keeping. Excellent venue.
  • Really enjoyed the energy and enthusiasm of Judith who clearly loves her subject matter and teaches it so well. I learned a huge amount during the day.
  • The facilitator, Judith Sleijpen, was fabulous. She was full of information and so generous with her knowledge. I had a great day.
  • The course material was detailed and meticulously prepared and presented in a systematic and logical order. The presenter had an in depth knowledge of her topic and had the class’s attention for the entire six hours. Timelines were strictly kept to. A thoroughly enjoyable and worthwhile day.
  • Great information Judith was very happy to answer all questions Small group allowed everyone to exchange ideas which Judith encouraged
  • Judith's knowledge is extensive and she presents the class in an interesting and informative way. It was a delight to be there and we learned a great deal. Many thanks,

Contact us

Brookvale Campus: Level 1, 14 William Street,
Brookvale NSW 2100
Office Hours: 9.00am to 5.00pm, Mon to Fri

Post: NBCC Reply Paid 1966, Dee Why NSW 2099

Phone: 02 9970 1000

Registered Training Organisation Code 90113