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Application Form for NDB examination 2021

Application forms for the 2021 NDB exam can be found below. Although subject to any Government Covid-19 restrictions in place at the time of exam, the NDB will make all possible efforts to ensure the examination can take place in a Covid-19 secure fashion.

Word Document and PDF documents of the application form can be found below. Submission of the filled in Word Document is preferred if possible. Please return completed forms to National Diploma in Beekeeping nationaldiplomabeekeeping@gmail.com

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The deadlines for submission of application forms is Wednesday 20th Jan 2021


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 provide access to facilities and tuition not normally available and are designed to complement study through practical work and discussion.

NDB Assessment

Assessments are conducted every other year and involve a number of written, practical, and discussion exercises. The last candidate assessments were in 2019;

The NDB are pleased to confirm that 2021 will be the next examination year.

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Advanced Course, June 2021

The 2021 Advanced Course will take place TBD with the themes of Disease, Dissection, Entomology, and Swarm Control. The course is held at Pershore Horticultural College, near Evesham, and provides a week of immersive and educational beekeeping. Read more.


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