AFB Recognition Courses for 2016

We are providing non-DECA holders with the opportunity to attend a course and take the test. This is an essential step towards becoming a DECA holder.

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


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
  • National Beekeepers Association of NZ (Inc)
    PO Box 10792, Wellington
    Phone: (04) 471 6254(04) 471 6254
  • Cost: $37.50 (includes GST and postage)

Or order the book by downloading an order form and paying online:

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 an hour off at midday 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 make your payment to the bank details listed.  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.

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.

Blenheim - 27 February 2016

NMIT 85 Budget Street - 9am
Registrations close 17 February 2016

Drury - 5 March 2016

Ramarama Hall - 9am
Registrations close 23 February 2016

Gisborne - 12 March 2016

EIT Polytechnic, Rural Studies Unit, 310 Stout Street, Gisborne - 9am
Registrations close 2 March

New Plymouth - 12 March 2016

Venue location to be confirmed
Registrations close 2 March

Manukau - 12 March 2016

Old Flat Bush School Hall Manukau - 9am
Registrations close 2 March 2016

Manukau - 13 March 2016

Old Flat Bush School Hall Manukau - 9am
Registrations close 3 March 2016

Drury - 19 March 2016

Ramarama Hall - 9am
Registrations close 9 March 2016

Lincoln - 19 March 2016

Young Farmers Memorial Club at the Lincoln University campus
Starting at 8:45am (must be there by 8:30am)
Registrations close 9 March 2016

Wellington - 19 March 2016

Johnsonville Community Centre - 9am
Registrations close 9 March 2016

Rotorua - 19 March 2016

Eric Bridgeman Room at RAVE (Rotorua Arts Village)
1240 Hinemaru Street Rotorua
Registrations close 9 March 2016

Kaitaia - 2 April 2016

TeAhu Centre, South Road, Kaitaia - 9am
Registrations close 19 March

Levin - 9 April

Thompson House, Kent Street, behind War Memorial, Levin - 9am
Registrations close 26 March

Nelson - 16 April

Richmond Campus of NMIT
Registrations close 6 April

Oamaru - 16 April

Venue location and details to be advised
Registrations close 6 April

Wanganui - 15 May

VCC Club Rooms Patapu Street, 9am
Registrations close 5 May

Mercer - 28 May

Mercer Rowing Club, 9am
Registrations close 18 May

Wellington - 4 June

Johnsonville Community Centre
Registrations close 25 May