AFB Recognition Test (via Proctor)

The AFB Recognition & Competency course test can be sat cold without attending a course if the candidate feels they know the subject. If you have any queries regarding sitting a course via Proctor, please contact Janette Gwilliam at [email protected]
You will need to:

Obtain and read/study the AFB Manual, “Elimination of American Foulbrood without the use of drugs” 2nd edition. Known as ‘the yellow book’, available from beekeeping supply stockists and the Apiculture New Zealand – click here to go to the online shop

Study the competency photos as these will be in the test and all questions relating to these photos must be correct.  Also please study all the links on our website relating to AFB, symptoms, progression, spread etc.

Once you think you are ready to do the test, then you contact a Proctor, i.e. Minister of a Church, local librarian, school teacher or Justice of the Peace, but not another beekeeper.

Arrange a time and place convenient to you both. Then you contact me again with the information filled in on the application form. You must make your payment in time for it to show in our bank account prior to taking the test. There is a $50 fee for the test paper to be produced. If you have previously attended a full course but failed the test, there is no charge to sit the test again via proctor.  If you are an apiculture student resitting the AFB Recognition test, you will need to find someone independent from your tutor to supervise you taking the test.

I will send the test paper to the Proctor, you do the test at the appointed time. The Proctor returns the paperwork to me in a stamped addressed envelope. I mark the paper and send you the results. If you have passed the test and are eligible to apply for your DECA, the form can be found here and return to us for processing.  We will process the application and advise you of the outcome.

You will need to complete the form on the right.

AFB recognition test (via proctor) form


    By pressing submit you agree to have paid the required examination fee of $50 (there is no charge if you need to resit the test again and have previously paid to attend the full course):

    Please use your name and the word "proctor" as a reference and make your payment to:
    AFB PMP Management Board
    ANZ Bank
    06-0317-0615820-02 (or 002)

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