AFB Recognition Courses

We are providing non-DECA holders with the opportunity to attend an AFB Recognition course and pass the test as a pre requisite for applying for a Disease Elimination Conformity Agreement (DECA). If you would like more information about the DECA, please refer to our policy – CLICK HERE

DECA holders agree to implement practices and procedures sufficient to eliminate AFB from their beehives and no longer need to submit a Certificate of Inspection.  Please be aware that the DECA will only be approved once you have done the required steps to obtaining your DECA as outlined in the above policy.

All correspondence relating to AFB recognition course training (with test) and refresher training (with no test) should be directed to Janette Gwilliam, contact details are or phone 0800 232 767 and choose option 4.

For more information about our AFB refresher courses – CLICK HERE

And information regarding taking the AFB Recognition Course test via Proctor – CLICK HERE.

The AFB Test is now available in Maori, Korean, Filipino and Mandarin (Simplified Chinese). Please advise Janette if you require the above to be sent to the trainer for your course.


If you are planning on attending an AFB Recognition Course it is strongly recommended that you purchase and study a copy of the book titled “Elimination of American Foulbrood Disease without the Use of Drugs” commonly referred to as the yellow book. This worthwhile publication can be obtained from:

Course Information

Most courses run from 9am – to approx. 3pm. There is a break for lunch then completion of the course and test in the afternoon. Tea & coffee will be provided but applicants must bring their own lunch. To register for the courses, please complete the application form at the bottom of this website and immediately make your payment to the bank details listed to secure your place. You will receive a receipt of your payment which will secure your place on this course as well as outline some tips to help prepare for the test.

Courses cost $100 per person are limited to 25 paid participants – the course will be listed as full once this has been reached.

Should beekeepers who fall outside of the regions mentioned require a course(s), given there is reasonable support, we will do our best to organise additional courses. Please email Janette Gwilliam at with your location details.

Below are the courses for 2019, this calendar is still being updated as the locations are confirmed.
Please complete the registration form to submit your application.

Rotorua – Saturday 23 March  – Arawa Bowling Club Lytton St (off Devon St) Rotorua – 10am
THIS COURSE IS NOW FULL – next Rotorua course is 15 June

Hokitika – 23 March – All Saints Anglican Church 57 Bealey Street Hokitika – 9am

Cromwell – 23 March – Presbyterian Church Elspeth Street – 9am

Te Kuiti – 23 March – Te Kuiti Community House, 28 Taupiri St, Te Kuiti – 9:30am

Springston (Chch Sth) – 24 March – Days Road South Springston – 9am

Wellington – 30 March – Hardwick Smith Lounge – Lower Hutt – 9am

Rangiora – Sunday 31 March – Rangiora Showgrounds – 9am

Masterton – 6 April – Wairarapa Community Hall – Masterton – 10am

Remuera – 6 April – Somervell Presbyterian Church Remuera Road – 9am

Point Chev – 6 April – Pt Chev Community House 18 Huia Road – 9am

Nelson – 13 April – Richmond Campus of NMIT – 9am

Kaikoura – 13 April – Venue TBC – 9am

Wanganui – 13 April – VCC Patapu Street Wanganui East – 9am

Christchurch – 20 April – Papanui Public Library – 5 Restell St – 9am

Hamilton – 27 April – Anglesea Motel & Conference Centre – 9am

Tauranga – 27 April – Macys Motor Inn 11th Avenue & Edgecumbe Road – 9am

Paeroa – 4 May – Pedlars Motel Paeroa – 9am

Taihape – 4 May – Ruapehu REAP rooms 1 Tui Street- 10am

Nelson – 4 May – Richmond Campus of NMIT – 9am

Timaru – 4 May – Confucius Institute Pavilion – 9am

TeKauwahata – 11 May – Tekauwhata Bowling Club – 9am

Glenfield – 11 May – Glenfield Memorial Hall – Glenfield – 9am

Kerikeri – 11 May – Northtec Campus Kerikeri – 9am

Howick – 18 May – Howick RSA Wellington Street – 9am

Kaitaia – 18 May- Christian Fellowship 149 Pukepoto Road – 9am

Palmerston North – 25 May – Crossroads 220 Church Street Palmerston North – 9am

Westport – 25 May – Room 1, Tai Poutini Polytechnic, 280 Palmerston Street Westport – 9am

Wellsford – 26 May – venue TBC – 9am

New Plymouth – 8 June – Brougham Heights Motel – 54 Brougham St – 9am

Wanganui – 15 June – VCC Patapu Street Wanganui East – 9am

Franklin Bee Club – 15 June – 137 Sim Road Paerata – 9am

Rotorua – Saturday 15 June  – Arawa Bowling Club Lytton St (off Devon St) Rotorua – 10am

Kaukapakapa – 22 June – Waitoki Community Hall – Waitoki – 9am

Warkworth – 22 June – Warkworth Primary School – 9am

Whangarei – 22 June – ASB Stadium Western Hills Drive – 9am

Oamaru – 22 June – LandSAR HQ – 9am

Blenheim – 29 June – NMIT 85 Budge Street Blenheim – 9am

Huntly – 6 July – St Johns Hall – 9am

Christchurch – 13 July – Papanui Public Library – 9am

Glenfield – 13 July – venue TBC – 9am

Tauranga – 13 July – Macys Motor Inn Tauranga – 9am

Wellsford – 14 July – venue TBC – 9am

Wellington – 27 July – Hardwick Smith Lounge, Belmont – Lower Hutt – 9am

Pukekohe – 3 August – Pukekohe Old Borough Building – Edinburgh St – 9am

Hamilton – 10 August – Anglesea Motel & Conference Centre – 9am

Levin – 10 August – Thompson House Kent Street – 9am

Hokitika – 17 August – All Saints Anglican Church 57 Bealey Street Hokitika – 9am

Rangiora – 17 August – venue TBC – 9am

Whangarei – 24 August – ASB Stadium Western Hills Drive – 9am

Remuera – 7 September – Somervell Presbyterian Church 497 Remuera Rd – 9am

Gisborne – 7 September – EIT Polytechnic, Rural Studies Unit, 310 Stout St – 9am

Invercargill – 8 September – venue TBC – 9am

Wanganui – 14 September – Patapu Street Wanganui East – 9am

Tauranga – 14 September – Macys Motor Inn – Tauranga – 9am

Palmerston North – 21 September – Crossroads – Church Street – 9am

Cromwell – 28 September – Prebyterian Church 10 Elspeth Street Cromwell – 9am

Whakatane – 28 September – Toi Ohomai Institute of Tech – Cutler Cres – Whakatane – 9am

AFB recognition and competency test application form

If YES, please be aware that you will be required to stay for the duration of the course but are welcome to leave before the test at the end. Refresher courses cost $30 per person.


If yes, you would be welcome to bring along a person to act as a reader for you. Please advise if you will be doing this.

Please make immediate payment to the bank details below of $100 to secure your place on this course (or $30 if attending as a refresher).

Please use the course location and your name as a reference and make your payment to:
AFB PMP Management Board
ANZ Bank
(We are not able to offer an online payment service via our website. You must make payment via your own bank)

AFB Quiz
Take the AFB 5 minute quiz

How well do you know what you need to know about AFB and beekeeping? Take our short quiz and find out.

AFB Videos

Our videos cover everything from your legal obligations to how to recognise AFB, collecting cell and bee samples and more.

AFB Symptoms

There’s a lot of good information here, telling you everything you need to know about recognising AFB: the visual symptoms, smell of AFB and more.

AFB Inspection and Diagnosis
Inspection and Diagnosis

Successfully eliminate AFB by telling the difference between symptoms of AFB and other brood diseases in the hive. We tell you the best methods for inspecting your hives.

The Law

New Zealand beekeepers have a number of legal obligations that must be met regarding AFB disease. Read the shortened list in summary, here.

AFB Elimination

Most hives become infected because bees, honey or equipment have been put into a hive from another hive that is infected with AFB. Lower your chances of an  AFB infection by reading this section.

AFB Course Info
AFB Recognition Course Info

Find out when the next AFB Recognition and Competency Courses, or Refresher Courses are available. These are held throughout the year in various New Zealand locations across the South Island and North Island.

The AFB App

This is currently under development and all registered beekeepers will be notified when it is available.