Beginners’ Beekeeping Course

If you are considering taking up the old craft of beekeeping it is important that you have a good understanding of what is involved.

A beginners’ beekeeping course will give you the knowledge, practical skills and confidence that is required. 

Our association runs a course for beginners in February and March each year in Portmarnock Community College. The course will cover the syllabus of the preliminary examination of the Federation of Irish Beekeepers’ Associations (FIBKA) and uses classroom instruction and also practical demonstrations in the association’s apiary.

The booking list opens in July 2020 for the course to be held in spring 2021. It costs €150, which includes annual membership of the association as well as text book and handouts. Mentoring by an experienced beekeeper is normally provided for the beginner in their first year.

Our courses have become very popular in recent years, so your place will be reserved on payment of the course fee. For further information, please contact

A beekeeper with a hive

Another excellent way to get involved in beekeeping is to join our association, attend the monthly meetings and chat to members. At the end of the first year you will be in a good position to decide if you wish to take a beekeeping course and become a beekeeper.

Many other beekeeping associations, run their own beginners’ courses.  If you are not in Dublin, you will find the location of your local association on the FIBKA website  Alternatively, the week-long beginners’ course at the beekeeping summer school in Gormanston, Co. Meath, which is run in August each year, might suit your needs better.

Fingal North Dublin Beekeepers' Association

Nurturing the age-old craft of beekeeping through improved knowledge of bees and collaboration between members
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