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: $35.00 (plus postage costs)


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.  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 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. 

Hanmer Springs - expressions of interest 

If you would be interested in attending a course in Hanmer Springs, please can you email me on - when sufficient interest is there a date and venue will be set.

Hamilton - 3 September

The Ambassador Hotel - 86 - 92 Ulster Street - Hamilton - 9am

Central Auckland - 10 September

Highbury Community House, 110 Hinemoa Street, Birkenhead - registrations close 5 September

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

Wellington - 24 September

Johnsonville Community Centre - 8:30am - registrations close 17 September

Gisborne - 24 September

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

Nelson - 8 October

Nelson Marlborough Institute of Technology, Lower Queen St - 9am

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

Central Auckland - 29 October

Unitec, Point Chevalier, Auckland - 9am - registrations close 22 October

Whangarei - 12 November

Venue to be confirmed - 9am - registrations close 5 November

Kaitaia - 19 November

 TeAhu Centre, South Road, Kaitaia -  9am registrations close 12 November