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.

Takapau – Hawkes Bay – 20 July – Kintail Premises – Sydney Street – Takapau – 9am

Wellington – 27 July – Lower Hutt Events Centre – Laings Road – Lower Hutt – 9am
THIS GROUP IS NOW FULL – next course 5 October

Te Hapua (Northland) – 3 August – venue address TBC – 9:30am

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

Masterton – 3 August – Wairarapa Community Hall – 10am

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

Dunedin – 31 August – Otago Polytechnic – 9am

Kumeu Bee Club – 31 August – The Barn – 53 Smith Road – 9am

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

Blenheim – 7 September – NMIT 85 Budge Street Blenheim – 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

Point Chev – 28 September – Point Chev Community House – Huia Road – 9am

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

Huntly – 5 October – St Johns Hall – 9am

Lower Hutt – 5 October – Hardwick Smith Lounge Belmont – 9am

Nelson – 5 October NMIT – 9am

Ashburton – 12 October – RSA Cox Street – 9am

Glenfield – 19 October – Glenfield Memorial Hall – Glenfield – 9am

Amberley – 19 October – Amberley Library – 9am

Blenheim – 26 October – NMIT – 9am

Christchurch – 26 October – Papanui Public Library – 9am

Paeroa – 2 November – Pedlars Motel – 9am

Kaitaia – 2 November  – Christian Fellowship Pukepoto Road – 9am

New Plymouth – 10 November – Brougham Heights Motel – 9am

Point Chev – 10 November – Point Chev Community House – Huia Road – 9am

Hamilton – 16 November – Anglesea Motel – 9am

Levin – 23 November – Thompson House – 9am

Christchurch – 14 December – Papanui Public Library – 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.


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 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

Follow the link below to open the App. Once open to save to your device you need to bookmark the URL on your phone so you can find it easily again. Please click here to open.