Bees - Using bees for pollination

Course details

Name:Using bees for pollination
Description:This course suits beekeeping and horticulture industry professionals that provide bees for pollination, require bees to pollinate their crop, or broker and audit bee hives.
Cost:$500 (GST free) (morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea included)
Course aims:

To understand the process of pollination including:

  • management and assessment of hives for pollination
  • how to price and formalise a pollination contract
  • how to maximise pollination by planning your farm with bees in mind
  • individual crop pollination requirements
  • risks to pollination efficiency
  • pollinators in the crop
Learning outcomes:
  • Assess pollination service requirement
  • Price and formalise agreement for pollination services
  • Monitor pollination performance of bee colonies
  • Comply with industry and legislative requirement
Length:1 day (8.30am - 5pm)
Course program/structure:
  • What is pollination? Flower structures and pollination scenarios
  • What are pollinators? The birds, bees, bats and other insects
  • Bee biology for pollination
  • Commercial pollination logistics
  • Pollination standards: hive grading
  • Individual crop requirements
  • Orchard design to maximise pollination
  • Hive management in the crop
  • Hive assessment & auditing
  • Post-pollination hive management
  • Contracts between beekeeper and grower
  • Pesticides and pollinator impact
  • Protected cropping pollination
  • Honey bee biosecurity
  • Native bees and novel honey bee uses
Resources and method of delivery:
  • Each participant receives the Pollination Course Notebook.
  • This course is delivered using both indoor and outdoor instruction.
Accreditation:This course has been mapped to the national unit of competency: AHCBEK404 - Provide bee pollination services
bee hives


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