AFB Recognition Courses for 2018

We are providing non-DECA holders with the opportunity to attend an AFB Recognition course and pass the test as a pre-requisite for applying for a Disease Elimination Conformity Agreement (DECA).   Please note that you will not automatically be DECA approved by attending the course and passing the test.  If you would like more information about the Disease Elimination Conformity Agreement (DECA), please refer to our policy - click here

Please be aware that the DECA will only be approved once you have done the required steps to obtaining your DECA as outlined in the above policy.

All correspondence relating to AFB recognition course training (with test) and refresher training (with no test) should be directed to Janette Gwilliam, contact details are or phone 0800 232 767.

For more information about our AFB refresher courses - click here
And information regarding taking the AFB Recognition Course test via Proctor - click here

The AFB Test is now available in Maori, Korean, Filipino and Mandarin (Simplified Chinese).  Please advise Janette if you require the above to be sent to the trainer for your course.


If you are planning on attending an AFB Recognition Course it is strongly recommended that you purchase and study a copy of the book 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
·         Apiculture New Zealand
                – click here to go to the online shop 
·         Cost: $35.00 (plus postage costs $7.50)


2018 Courses

Some of the courses detailed below are yet to have their locations confirmed but please do register your interest if this is a region you will be attending.  Most courses run from 9am - to approx. 3pm.  There is a break for lunch then completion of the course and test in the afternoon.  Tea & coffee will be provided but applicants must bring their own lunch.  To register for the courses, please complete the application form at the bottom of this website and immediately make your payment to the bank details listed to secure your place.  I will send you a receipt of your payment which will secure your place on this course as well as outline some tips to help prepare for the test.

Courses cost $100 per person are limited to 25 paid participants - the course will be listed as full once this has been reached.

Should beekeepers who fall outside of the regions mentioned require a course(s) we are more than willing, given there is reasonable support to organise additional courses.  Please email Janette Gwilliam at with your location details. 

Below are the courses for 2018

Masterton - 20 October - Wairarapa Community Hall - 10am

Dunedin - 20 October - Momona Hall, Momona - 9am

Rangiora - 27 October 2018 - Rangiora Showgrounds - 9am

North Shore - 27 October 2018 - Glenfield Memorial Hall - Glenfield - 9am

Greymouth - 27 October 2018 - Tai Poutini Polytech Greymouth - 9am

Paeroa - 3 November - Pedlars Motel Paeroa - 9am

Whangarei - 3 November - ASB Stadium - Kensington Park - 97 Western Hills Drive - Whangarei - 9am

Kaitaia - 3 November - Christian Fellowship 149 Pukepoto Road Kaitaia - 9am

Blenheim - 10 November - NMIT Blenheim - 9am

New Plymouth - 11 November - Brougham Heights Motel New Plymouth - 9am

Hamilton - 17 November - Anglesea Motel Liverpool Street - 9am

Takapau (central Hawkes Bay) - 17 November - Kintail Premises Sydney Terrace Takapau - 9am

Levin - 24 November - Thompson House Kent St Levin- 9am

Christchurch - 24 November 2018 - Papanui Library Christchurch - 9am

Tauranga - 8 December 2018 - Macys Motor Lodge - 9am