The National Diploma in Beekeeping (NDB) exists to meet a need for a beekeeping qualification above the level of the Certificates awarded by the United Kingdom National Beekeeping Associations.

The Diploma is the highest beekeeping qualification recognised in the United Kingdom and its holders are generally well-known figures within beekeeping education.

The NDB Board is entirely independent although its members come from a wide range of beekeeping organisations and it has representatives from all the National Beekeeping Associations.

To support students working towards the higher UK certificates or towards the National Diploma, the NDB Board run a week-long residential Advanced Course and a variety of regular two-day Short Courses. These course present facilities and tuition not normally available and are designed to complement study through practical work and discussion.

Short Course programme, Spring / Summer 2014

Further 2014 course dates have been added and are open for booking. We will also be piloting two established courses - Microscopy and Seasonal Management - at the BBKA Spring Convention. These will take place at Harper Adams on the Sunday and Monday of the Convention weekend. read more page link

Advanced Course, May 2014

The 2014 Advanced Course will take place from the 18th - 23rd May and will again be based at the National Bee Unit, near York. read more page link


Beekeepers in the UK are encouraged to visit the National Bee Unit's BeeBase website to receive the latest advice on bee health and husbandry. read more page link