NEWS FROM BBKA
- RETURNING FORMS FOR BBKA COURSES
Pauline Cooke, Hideaway, Grosvenor Road, Medstead, ALTON, GU34 5JE
The address for basic assessment and all other assessment forms is:
Jean Frost, 5 Pound Close, Upper Wield, ALRESFORD, Hants, SO24 9SH
- CHANGES TO BBKA COURSES
The Examinations Board has made a significant change to the assessment procedure. Instead of having to gain 50% in three sections, the candidate will now have to succeed in four sections. The new section is swarming and swarm control. This topic has been identified as a weakness for many years so given its importance swarming will now be assessed separately. Please warn candidates about the change. The syllabus has been re-arranged to match the four sections but the objectives have not been changed.
General Husbandry Certificate
Candidates continue to take this assessment before they have gained sufficient experience so the entry requirement has been changed to - Normally the Candidate shall have kept and managed bees for at least five years.
The task objectives have been clarified to distinguish between reasons for changing combs:
2.6 Demonstrate changing brood frames for disease control using a Shook Swarm technique.
2.7 Demonstrate changing all the brood frames in a strong colony.
2.8 Demonstrate changing brood frames for disease control in a weak colony using a Bailey Frame Change.
Advanced Husbandry certificate
Again, many candidates rush from the General Husbandry to the Advanced level without taking time to prepare, so the entry requirement has been changed to: Normally the candidate should wait at least 18 months after passing the General Husbandry, before taking this assessment. The term ‘normally’ allows for extenuating circumstances to be considered.
- BBKA GENERAL HUSBANDRY COURSES