AFB Recognition Courses for 2016

We are providing non-DECA holders with the opportunity to attend an AFB Recognition course and take a test as the final step to obtaining your DECA.

If you would like more information about the Disease Elimination Conformity Agreement (DECA), please refer to our policy - click here

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 04 5660 773.

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


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: $40.00 (includes GST and postage)


Courses 2016

Some of the courses detailed below are yet to have their locations confirmed but please do regsiter your interest if this is a region you will be attending.  The 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 tax invoice upon 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. 

Wellington - 4 June

Johnsonville Community Centre - 9am - Registrations close 29 May

Canterbury (Amberley) - 4 June

Hurunui District Library, 111 Carters Road, Amberley - registrations close 29 May

Whangarei - 11 June - 9am

Cypress Court Motel - 29 Kamo Road, Regent, Whangarei - registrations close 6 June

Kerikeri - 12 June - 9am

St John Hall, 367 Kerikeri Road - registrations close 6 June

Levin - 9 July

Thompson House, Kent Street, behind War Memorial, Levin - 9am - Registrations close 1 July

Warkworth - 9 July

Warkworth Masonic Hall 3 Baxter St, Warkworth - 9am - registrations close 1 July

Invercargill - 15 July

Venue yet to  be confirmed - 10am - registration close 8 July

Blenheim - 16 July

NMIT 85 Budget Street - 9am - Registrations close 9 July

New Plymouth - 16 July

Brougham Heights Motel Conference Room 54 Brougham St, New Plymouth - 9am - registrations close 9 July

Wanaka - 17 July

Venue yet to be confirmed - 9am - registrations close 9 July

Haast - 19 July

Venue yet to be confirmed - 9am - registrations close 11 July

Tauranga - 30 July

The Pacific Apartments - 8 Maunganui Road - Mt Maunganui - Tauranga - 9am - registrations close 23 July

Greymouth - 6 August

Tai Poutini Polytechnic - Conference Room, 73-87 Tainui Street, Greymouth - 9am - registrations close 29 July

Wellsford - 6 August 

Wellsford District Community Centre - 1 Matheson Road, Wellsford, Rodney - 9am - registrations close 29 July

Ashburton - 13 August

Aeroview Function Centre, 39 Morris Road Ashburton - 9am - registrations close 6 August

TeAnau - 13 August

Location yet to be confirmed - registrations close 6 August

Timaru - 20 August

CPI Aorki Polytechnic Room TG104 Arthur Street Timaru - 9am - registrations close 13 August

Hamilton - 3 September

The Ambassador Hotel - 86 - 92 Ulster Street - Hamilton - 9am - registrations close 25 August

Wanganui - 17 September

Vintage Car Club - Club Rooms Patapu Street - 9am - registrations close 10 September

Rotorua - 17 September

Rotorua Arts Village, 1240 Hinemaru Street,  Rotorua - 9am - registrations close 10 September

Wellington - 24 September

Johnsonville Community Centre - 9am - registrations close 17 September

Gisborne - 24 September

EIT Polytechnic, Rurul Studies Unit, 310 Stout Street, Gisborne - 9am - registrations close 17 September

Nelson - 8 October

Nelson Marlborough Institute of Technology, Lower Queen St - 9am - registrations close 1 October

Cromwell - 8 October

Presbyterian Church, 10 Espeth Street - 9am - registrations close 1 October

Levin - 22 October

Thompson House, Kent Street - behind War Memorial, Levin - 9am - registrations close 15 October