Courses

Planned AFB Recognition Courses for 2015

An opportunity to sit the AFB Recognition Test as a step towards obtaining your DECA.

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.

Please note that at the time of going to print certain arrangements still needed to be confirmed on some courses.

Important:

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
    Email: secretary@nba.org.nz
  • Cost: $37.50 (includes GST and postage)

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


Coromandel and Taranaki

At time of going to print arrangements had not been confirmed. There will be a general mailout promoting the course to beekeepers in the respective regions.


Auckland: 9 May 2015 (Saturday)

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Rodney Beekeeping Club

Kumeu Community Centre

9.00am

$60.00 (includes course and test fees)

Bring your own lunch

Tony Lorimer, (07) 856 9625

22 April 2015 (Wednesday)

Note: To register contact Tony Lorimer as above.

Auckland: 16 May 2015 (Saturday)

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Auckland Beekeepers Club

Carrington Unitec (room details sent on registration)

9.30am

$60.00

Carol Downer

Carol Downer: email: thefairy@xtra.co.nz, ph (09) 376 6376 or register online through Auckland Beekeepers Club website.

Registration deadline:
        1 May 2015


Gisborne: a Saturday in September (date to be advised)

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Poverty Bay Branch of the NBA (Inc)

EIT Polytechnic, Rural Studies Unit, 31 Stout St, Gisborne

9.00am - 2.00pm

$60.00 (includes $30 to sit the course and $30 for the course)

Paul Badger and Barry Foster

Paul Badger, ph (06) 868 4785


 


Rotorua: 5 September 2015 (Saturday)

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Rotorua Honey Bee Club

To be confirmed

9.30am

$65.00 (includes course and taking the test)

Peter Ferris

Peter Ferris

Petr Ferris: ph (027) 646 6632, email: thebeeman@xtra.co.nz

 Registration
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        23 August 2015 (Sunday)

Wairakei Resort Hotel (Taupo): 21 June (Sunday)

(First of two courses offered as part of the 2015 Apiculture Conference)

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Management Agency

The Heritage Room

9.00am

$100.00 (includes course, test, lunch, morning and afternoon tea, plus access to remaining sessions at seminars on the day)

Refresher course only $70.00 (includes meals as a above)

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Peter Ferris

1 June 2015 (Monday)

BRING YOUR BEESUIT – HIVES ONSITE TO INSPECT FOR DISEASE

Note: Registration is to be completed by visiting www.apicultureconference.co.nz.

Wairakei Resort Hotel (Taupo): 22 June 2015 (Monday)

(Second of two courses offered as part of the 2015 Apiculture Conference)

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Management Agency

Heritage Room

9.00am

$100.00 (includes course, test, lunch, morning and afternoon tea, plus access to
remaining tutorial or speciality group meetings)

Refresher course only $70.00 (includes meals as above)

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Peter Ferris

1 June 2015 (Monday)

BRING YOUR BEESUIT – HIVES ONSITE TO INSPECT FOR DISEASE

Note: Registration is to be completed by visiting www.apicultureconference.co.nz.

Palmerston North: 17 October 2015 (Saturday)

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17 Ngaire Street, Longburn, Palmerston North

9.30am

$60.00 (including test)

Tea and coffee provided - please bring lunch

Frances Beech and Andrew Beach

Andrew Beach: ph (04) 904 1634, email andrewbeach@hotmail.com, or Frances Beech: ph (06) 367 2617, 35 Whelen Road, RD 1, Levin

Registration deadline:
        2 October 2015 (Friday)

Note: Course limited to 20 applicants.


Masterton: 22 August 2015 (Saturday)

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Southern North Island Branch of NBA (Inc)

Masterton Community Centre, 41 Perry Street

9.00am

$30.00 course only; $60.00 for course and test

Tea and coffee provided, bring your own lunch

Peter Ferris, PO Box 255, Masterton 5840, email: thebeeman@xtra.co.nz

Registration
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        7 August 2015 (Friday)

 


Levin: 13 June 2015 (Saturday)

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Otaki Buzz Group

Thompson House, 4 Kent Street

9.00am

$60.00 (including test)

Tea and coffee provided, please bring lunch

Frances Beech and Frank Lindsay

Frances Beech: 35 Whelen Road, RD 1, Levin, ph (06) 367 2617

Registration
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        29 May 2015 (Friday)


Nelson/Richmond: 25 April 2015 (Saturday)

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Management Agency AFB PMP

NMIT Richmond Campus, Queen Street

10.00am - 2.00pm

$50.00 (covers course and test fees)

Nigel Costley: ph (03) 548 3101, email costleymarr@xtra.co.nz

Registration
deadline:
        13 April (Monday)


Blenheim: 12 September 2015 (Saturday)

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Tuamarina School

9.00am

$50.00 (course and test)

Will Trollope: ph (03) 570 5633, email willflictrollope@xtra.co.nz

Contact Will as above

Registration
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        9 August 2015 (Sunday)

 


Christchurch: 9 May 2015 (Saturday)

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Christchurch Hobby Club

Young Farmers Memorial Hall, Lincoln University Campus

8.45am

$35.00 plus $30.00 for the test paper

Lindsay Moir and Jeff Chandler

Jeff Chandler: email jchandler38@gmail.com, ph (03) 421 1994, or Lindsay Moir: email brightonmoirs@xtra.co.nz, ph (03) 388 3313

Registration deadlines:
        Course 1 May 2015, Test Paper 24 April 2015

Note: For further details go to http://www.chchbeekeepers.org.nz.

 


Timaru: 7 November 2015 (Saturday)

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Phil Sutton, Agribusiness Training - Timaru

Agribusiness Training, 8 Pleasant Point Highway, Washdyke, Timaru

9.30am

$80.00 (includes morning tea and lunch)

Phil Sutton

Phil Sutton: ph (03) 686 1513, cell (027) 491 7243, email phil@pointer.co.nz, or Gay Claridge: ph (03) 688 7383, email: gayc@agribusiness.ac.nz

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28 October 2015


Cromwell: 17 October 2015 (Saturday)

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Management Agency AFB PMP

Presbyterian Church, 10 Elspeth Street

9.00am

$60.00

David Woodward: ph or text 027 418 2385

Registration
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        3 October 2015


Dunedin: 23 May 2015 (Saturday)

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Agribusiness Training and Management Agency AFB PMP

Toitu Otago Settlers Museum (located by Dunedin Railway Station)

9.00am

$50.00 (course and test)

Brice Horner: ph 027 441 0344, email b.horner@xtra.co.nz

Registration
deadline:
        13 May 2015 (Wednesday)


Important

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 rbaynes@ihug.co.nz 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
Email: secretary@nba.org.nz
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:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.

Mary-Ann Lindsay
AFB Test Administrator