The course information highlighted above is what is planned to date at time of going to print. Certain arrangements still needed to be confirmed on some courses.
Should beekeepers who fall outside of the regions mentioned above require a course(s) we are more than willing, given there is reasonable support to organise additional courses. Please email Rex Baynes at firstname.lastname@example.org with your location details.
If you are planning on attending an AFB Recognition Course, it is strongly recommended that you obtain a copy of the booklet titled Elimination of American Foulbrood Disease without the Use of Drugs, commonly referred to as the ‘yellow book’.
This worthwhile publication can be obtained from:
Your local beekeeping supplier; or
National Beekeepers’ Association (Inc.)
PO Box 10792, Wellington
Phone: (04) 471 6254
Cost: $37.50 (includes $2.50 postage and packaging)
The AFB Recognition & Competency course can be sat cold without attending a course if the candidate feels they know the subject.
You will need to:
- Obtain and read/study the AFB Manual, "Elimination of American Foulbrood without the use of drugs" 2nd edition. Known as 'the yellow book', available from beekeeping supply stockists and the National Beekeepers Association head office in Wellington.
- Obtain a copy of the New Zealand Beekeeper Journal (October 2013 issue). This was sent to all registered beekeepers in New Zealand. Study the photos on the inside back cover. These photos are used in the test and all five photo questions MUST be correctly answered.
- Once you think you are ready to do the test, then you contact a Proctor, i.e. Minister of the Church, local librarian, school teacher, Justice of the Peace or your local AFB tutor, but not another beekeeper. Arrange a time and place convenient to you both.
Then you contact me again with the information filled in on the application form. This may be emailed back to me with proof of Direct credit payment.
There is a $30 fee for the test paper to be produced.
I send the test paper to the Proctor, you do the test at the appointed time. The Proctor returns the paperwork to me in a stamped addressed envelope. I mark the paper and send you the results. If you have passed the test in the reply envelope to you there is an application to obtain your DECA. You fill this in as to how you would deal with AFB in your beekeeping business and return it to AsureQuality. AsureQuality will process the application and advise you of the outcome.
AFB Test Administrator