NDB Advanced Course students at work


**2017 has now been confirmed as an examination year – for details of how to apply click here ** Please note applications for the exam must be submitted by 28th Feb 2017.


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.

Advanced Course, June 2017

The 2016 Advanced Course took place in May and was a great success. The course moved to Pershore Horticultural College, near Evesham, and was a week of immersive and educational beekeeping. Read more. Applications are now invited for the 2017 course. Please click here for details of how to apply.

NDB Assessment

Assessments are conducted every other year and involve a number of written, practical, and discussion exercises. The last candidate assessments were in 2015; it is confirmed that 2017 will be the next assessment year. 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