Fingal North Dublin Beekeepers Association are committed to the ongoing education of our members and have a number of options available for those who might wish to study for the National Federation exams in beekeeping.

Members Education

Fingal North Dublin Beekeepers Association currently have a number of routes to support our members becoming achieving FIBKA accreditation at the different levels, from absolute beginner to the more advanced exams. 

Beginners Course

Our Beginners Course is specifically designed for those wanting to explore the world of beekeeping and understand what its all about.  It covers the basics of beekeeping from setting up an apiary and acquiring bees to health & safety, hive management, swarm control, disease control and honey production.  Completion of this course will provide all the knowledge required to take the FIBKA Preliminary exam in Beekeeping.

Intermediate Study Group

The Federation of Irish Beekeepers’ Associations (FIBKA) Intermediate Certificate of Proficiency in Beekeeping consists of three parts; Scientific, Practical and Apiary Practical and the written examinations are normally achieved over a period of at least 2 years

It is open for those who have held their FIBKA Preliminary Beekeeping certificate for at least 2 years and have kept bees for at least 3 years, before completion of the exams.

Each year, FNDBA hold a monthly study group, focusing on either the Intermediate Scientific or the Intermediate Practical exams and work with our group members on completing past papers, sample questions and model answers to help them prepare for the exams.  It should be noted that independent study is essential in addition to attending the study groups in order to be properly prepared for the examination.

We are currently examining how we might support members that are looking to achieve the Practical Beemaster or the Senior Examinations.  More on this in the future.

Further information can be found on the FIBKA website about the FIBKA exams including eligibility and syllabus for each of the exams.

Learning Resources

Library Facilities

With the evenings closing in, now is a great time to start planning to read all the great beekeeping books you keep promising yourself. The Association library has now got a large and varied selection of books to loan to members and will be available from our librarian at each monthly meeting. This is a fantastic facility and one members should make full use of particularly during the autumn / winter months to refresh their beekeeping knowledge.

The list of books available from the association can be viewed here.

If you would like to borrow a book please contact our Librarian to arrange collection.

General Beekeeping Resources

Colony Record Card

General Beekeeping Resources

Beekeepers Seasonal Note 1 - Autumn (August / September / October)

Native Irish Bees

Article on Native Honeybees by Micheál Mac Giolla Coda.

Bee Health & Diseases

FNDBA Circular – American Foul Brood (AFB)

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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