NDB Advanced Course students at work


Registration Open for the NDB Advanced Beekeeping Course 2023

The NDB are delighted once again to offer our 5 day residential Advanced Beekeeping course, at Pershore College in Warwickshire on Sat 8th – Wed 12th July 2023. As a 5 day residential course, students will immerse themselves in a really fun, interesting and friendly week, being tutored by a range of NDB tutors. Students typically arrive on the evening of Friday 7th July and the course starts on the Saturday morning.

Applications of interest are welcomed, and can be submitted using the link here

The form is only to register an interest, and does not commit you. Full refunds are provided if the event is not able to go ahead.

Each year, students build a strong camaraderie, developing friendships not only during the structured learning periods, but also later on whilst sampling a local brew in a local hostelry. The course provides opportunities for handling foulbrood comb in addition to the many practical and theory topics.

Applications from international beekeepers are welcomed.



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 2021;

The NDB are pleased to confirm that 2024 will be the next examination year.

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Advanced Course, July 2023

The 2023 Advanced Course will take place Saturday 8th July – Wednesday 12th July (Students arriving Friday evening 7th July)(subject to any Covid restrictions) with themes including Botany, Pollen & Nutrition, Honey Sources  & Identification, along with plenty of apiary work on bee handling & laboratory work on foulbrood diseased combs. 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