17th Practical Beekeeping Course

Certificate Course

The beekeeping activity
* It originated in prehistory. Through our intervention, we increase the natural capacities of the bees, causing them to produce more: honey, wax, pollen, propolis, royal jelly, being for some a playful activity, is now considered an economic activity in great expansion, now accompanied by several laws and specific legislation.
* With the pollination of the bees, the agricultural products are more balanced of better presentation, and of superior quality, as well as all the balance of the ecosystem.

* In this sense, we propose training and sensitization of beekeepers and amateurs in beekeeping, in order to improve knowledge, valuing other products of the beehive, can enjoy the work and conditions offered by the project, since it takes place in post-work periods : theoretical at night and practical on Saturday.

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* To give the trainees the capacity, theoretical and practical knowledge in the beekeeping activity so that they are able to improve and maintain the projects they create.

* Appreciation of products.

* Know the anatomy and biology of the bee, the advantages for its application.

* Equipment, materials, and options to choose from.
* How to choose the location to implement the apiary and improve the apiary.
* Notions and techniques of management, to produce the products of the hive.
* Forms of hive unfolding, creation of Queens and their replacement.
* Promote hygienic measures and knowledge of diseases, pests and prophylaxis.
* Information on legislation, organization and economy.

* Use of computer resources, theoretical and practical demonstrations, with active participation of the trainees.
* 4 – theoretical sessions, post work of 4 hours each. (7:15 p.m. to 11:15 p.m.)
* 6 – practical sessions in apiary, from 5 hours each, to Saturday once a month in: (from 9:00 to 14:30 hours)

January; February; March; April; May; June

9 sessions

3 theoretical sessions
Duration 4 hours each – Post-work hours: from 19:15 to 23:30 hours
6 practical sessions in apiary
Duration 5 hours each – Hours: one Saturday a month from 9:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. or from 1:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. in January, February, March, April, May and June

Módulos Sessões Teóricas Sessões Práticas Total
I Introdução à atividade Apícola 4 10 14
II Manuseamento comum e específico 4 15 19
III Sanidade e Economia 4 10 14
Avaliação de aprendizagem (Práticas) 3 3
Total 12 38 50

* It is done in the course of the course in practical situations, verifying how the problems presented are overcome.

Locations:
* Training room with pedagogically required conditions.

Sanitary facilities, safety conditions, Hygiene and Health at Work:
* Apiary in activity, available for the execution of practical classes.

MODULE I

INTRODUCTION TO BEEKEEPING ACTIVITY

General objective:

* Demonstrate the importance of bees in society, how to distinguish differences in bees and influence on production.

Program:
* Be a beekeeper.
* Morphology and biology of bees.
* Materials, equipment and ways of choosing them.
* Recognize locations for a good installation of apiaries.

MODULE II: COMMON AND SPECIFIC HANDLING

General objective:
* Provide technical knowledge and practical knowledge to trainees in order to maintain and reproduce bee colonies, improve knowledge in order to distinguish the advantages and disadvantages of various types of beehives and the necessary nutrition for the beehive.
 
Program:
* Beehives models and their composition.
* Bee hive inspection and preparation for honey production.
* Various types of food and forms of application.
* Multiplication of colonies, rearing of queens and their replacement.
* Crest.

MODULE III: HEALTH AND ECONOMY

General objective:
* Train the trainees in the preparation of hives for transhumance, the importance of sanity in order to be able to act accordingly.
* Know the beekeeping legislation.
* Recognize the importance of traceability and HACCP in the sale of beehive products.
Program:
* Prepare beehive for transhumance as you place hives and open after arrival.
* Know the diseases, ways of propagation and treatments.
* Visit the melaria and presentation of several equipment corresponding and necessary for the extraction.
* Present the legislation beekeeping and places where it is always updated.
* Evidence of honey and sensory analysis.
* Basic knowledge of organic production methods.
* Beehive products and some sectors where they can be used.

Course Value 250€

Payment conditions:
* 1st installment: Registration – 50 €
* 2nd Provision: 1st theoretical lecture – € 100
* 3rd Provision: End of theoretical classes – € 100

Maximum number 20

The trainees must bring to the classes practical, properly sanitized individual protection equipment in order to avoid propagation of possible diseases.