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Qualification: Certificate of professional qualification: Beekeeper

Certificate of professional qualification: Beekeeper

Qualification Information

Learning outcomes are formulated in accordance with the relevant occupational standard: Occupational standards register



Competences:

1. The knowledge necessary for performance of the basic tasks of the professional activity at the level of notion:
1.1. bee venom collection equipment;
1.2. bee venom, its processing;
1.3. bee packages, their production and use;
1.4. theoretical basics of  bee selection;
1.5. methods of bee selection;
1.6. basics of microbiology;
1.7. climate and its significance in crop farming;
1.8. a plant, its growing conditions;
1.9. biological agriculture;
1.10. crop farming;
1.11. vegetable gardening;
1.12. fruit growing;
1.13. basics of business;
1.14. forest use;
1.15. forest regeneration;
1.16. forest protection;
1.17. dendrometry.
2. The knowledge necessary for performance of the basic tasks of the professional activity at the level of understanding:
2.1. public functions of the bee colony;
2.2. honey bee nutrition;
2.3. bee colony nest;
2.4. growth of bee colony;
2.5. swarming;
2.6. use of honey harvest;
2.7. be colony hibernation;
2.8. bee body structure and function;
2.9. wax emission and construction activity;
2.10. apiary buildings and buildings for apiary works;
2.11. forest nectar plants;
2.12. park and decorative planting nectar plants;
2.13. fruit and berry orchard nectar plants;
2.14. vegetable nectar plants;
2.15. meadow nectar plants;
2.16. forage and agricultural nectar plants;
2.17. nectar plants of oils and essential oils;
2.18. nectar plant cultivation especially for bees;
2.19. bee – a nectar gatherer and pollinator of plants;
2.20. race characterisation of bees;
2.21. soil and its role;
2.22. plant rotation;
2.23. soil cultivation;
2.24. seed, sowing;
2.25. weeds, their limitation;
2.26. basics of plant protection;
2.27. civil rights;
2.28. legal employment relations;
2.29. land law;
2.30. types of business;
2.31. f personality development;
2.32. communication and management styles;
2.33. professional terms in the official language and one foreign language.
3. The knowledge necessary for performance of the basic tasks of the professional activity at the level of use:
3.1. the basic rules for the work with bees, fire safety and labour protection rules;
3.2. strength of bee colonies and quality of the queen bee;
3.3. spring works in the apiary;
3.4. breeding of a bee colony;
3.5. breeding of a queen bee;
3.6. travelling apiculture;
3.7. honey harvest of bee colony and its use;
3.8. organising bee colony hibernation;
3.9. hive types and designs;
3.10. equipment for bee inspection and handling;
3.11. inventory for fixing of cells;
3.12. inventory for queen bee raising and the production of royal jelly;
3.13. honey extraction, treatment and storage inventory;
3.14. inventory for processing the raw material of wax.;
3.15. inventory for pollen collection, drying and cleaning;
3.16. hive repair;
3.17. honey production and its processing;
3.18. wax production and its processing;
3.19. production and processing of pollen and ambrosia;
3.20. propolis, its production and use;
3.21. production of queen bee royal jelly;
3.22. use of bees in agricultural crop pollination;
3.23. assessment and improvement of the bee nutrition base;
3.24. raising queen bees;
3.25. work organization;
3.26. planning in beekeeping;
3.27. accounting in apiary;
3.28. infectious diseases of bees;
3.29. bee invasion diseases;
3.30. non-contagious diseases of bees;
3.31. bee parasites and enemies;
3.32. internal supervision of the work environment;
3.33. accidents, occupational diseases, their examination, accounting;
3.34. starting commercial activities;
3.35. basics of company management;
3.36. business planning;
3.37. business accounting;
3.38. official language;
3.39. one foreign language at the communication level;
3.40. communication;
3.41. labour protection;
3.42. environmental protection.



Skills:

1. To perform the early bee colony examination, assess bees hibernation and provide assistance.
2. To assess the strength of bee colonies, amount of nutrition, existence of the bee queen and general situation of the bee nest.
3. To clean or replace the floor of the bee nest.
4. To perform the main spring audit.
5. To prepare spring development phase of the bee colonies (narrow bee entrance, nests, cover in addition) for the spring development stage.
6. To supplement the reserves of bee nutrition.
7. To even up the force of bee colony.
8. To transfer the bee colonies to clean hives.
9. To correct the bee colonies without queen bees and drones.
10. To take samples for bee disease diagnostics.
11. To recognise the clinical symptoms of bee diseases.
12. To take preventative measures to limit the bee diseases.
13. To treat the bee diseases.
14. To frame wiring and cell making.
15. To widen the bees nest, set the honey space and second floor.
16. To change bee nests partially and completely.
17. To prepare the transfer of bee colonies, move, deploy and take care after the transfer.
18. To prevent the swarming mood, receive and use swarm, arrange the swarming bee nest.
19. To reproduce bee colonies by selecting the most appropriate method of creating a new colony.
20. To raise queen bees by selecting the most appropriate techniques for the respective apiary.
21. To choose and prepare the necessary bee tribal colonies, queen tribal colonies, drone colonies for raising queen bees.
22. To take care of bee colonies during the honey harvest time.
23. To remove, uncap, throw out, extract and prepack honey.
24. To sell apiculture production.
25. To prepare bee colonies for hibernation, make autumn audit.
26. To supplement bee nutrition stocks for hibernation and assess its quality.
27. To take measures to control varroosis treatment.
28. To perform bee colony hibernation and monitoring in winter.
29. To choose productive apiary stall.
30. To take measures to improve the bee nutrition base.
31. To prepare and use bee colonies for the pollination work.
32. To prepare bee colonies for honey production, produce honey.
33. To collect pollen, perform the pre-processing and store.
34. To get bee pollen ambrosia, perform the pre-processing and store.
35. To produce wax, sort the raw wax material and make the wax processing.
36. To produce propolis, perform the pre-processing and store.
37. To set up and perform the apiary accounting documentation.
38. To draw up the necessary contracts for the deployment of bee colonies.
39. To draw up accounting and accompanying documents of goods.
40. To set the apiary stall according to the good practice preconditions.
41. To observe the hygiene requirements and self-control in the turnover of the apiculture products.
42. To observe the labour protection requirements and fire safety in apiary.
43. To have a good command of the official language.
44. To have a good command of one foreign language at the communication level.
45. To use professional terminology in the official language and in one foreign language.



Knowledge:

1. To perform the early bee colony examination, assess bees hibernation and provide assistance.
2. To assess the strength of bee colonies, amount of nutrition, existence of the bee queen and general situation of the bee nest.
3. To clean or replace the floor of the bee nest.
4. To perform the main spring audit.
5. To prepare spring development phase of the bee colonies (narrow bee entrance, nests, cover in addition) for the spring development stage.
6. To supplement the reserves of bee nutrition.
7. To even up the force of bee colony.
8. To transfer the bee colonies to clean hives.
9. To correct the bee colonies without queen bees and drones.
10. To take samples for bee disease diagnostics.
11. To recognise the clinical symptoms of bee diseases.
12. To take preventative measures to limit the bee diseases.
13. To treat the bee diseases.
14. To frame wiring and cell making.
15. To widen the bees nest, set the honey space and second floor.
16. To change bee nests partially and completely.
17. To prepare the transfer of bee colonies, move, deploy and take care after the transfer.
18. To prevent the swarming mood, receive and use swarm, arrange the swarming bee nest.
19. To reproduce bee colonies by selecting the most appropriate method of creating a new colony.
20. To raise queen bees by selecting the most appropriate techniques for the respective apiary.
21. To choose and prepare the necessary bee tribal colonies, queen tribal colonies, drone colonies for raising queen bees.
22. To take care of bee colonies during the honey harvest time.
23. To remove, uncap, throw out, extract and prepack honey.
24. To sell apiculture production.
25. To prepare bee colonies for hibernation, make autumn audit.
26. To supplement bee nutrition stocks for hibernation and assess its quality.
27. To take measures to control varroosis treatmen

Reference Data

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NQF Level: 
4
Awarding body: 

Vecbebru Profesionālā vidusskola

Awarding body contact info: 

"Vecbebru profesionālā vidusskola", VECBEBRI, BEBRU PAGASTS, KOKNESES NOVADS, LV-5135
Tālr.: 65164335 65133606
Fakss: 65164323
E-pasts: vecbebrupv@gmail.com

Source of information: 
National occupation classification: 

ISCO-08

Relationship type: 

Beekeeper (6123 01)

Access requirements: 

Certificate of general secondary education or Diploma of vocational secondary education

Ways to acquire: 

Formal (through education programmes) or
Formal (through non-formal education acquired competence recognition process, completing the qualifications professional examination)