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).

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 process, please CLICK HERE

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 [email protected] or phone 0800 232 767, option 3.

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.

Important:

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:

Most courses run from 9am – to approx. 3pm. There is a break for lunch then completion of the course and test in the afternoon.  Applicants must bring their own lunch and any drinks they will require for the day. 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 [email protected] with your location details.

Please complete the registration form to submit your application.

Our online AFB Recognition Course (plus test) should be available soon, we will advise all beekeepers via email when it is ready to accept registrations.

There are no further classroom courses scheduled for 2022

2023

WHANGAREI – 25 February, 9am – McKay Stadium – Kensington – 97 Western Hills Drive – Whangarei

HASTINGS – Sunday 26 February, 9am – Land Based Training Centre – 204 Warren Street – Hastings

HAMILTON – 11 March, 9am – Aaron Court Motor 250 Ulster Street – Whitiora – Hamilton

NORTHCOTE – 11 March, 9am – Northcote War Memorial Hall – 2 Rodney Road – Northcote Point – Auckland

ASHHURST – Sunday 12 March, 9am – The Masonic Hall – 69 Oxford Street – Ashhurst

TIMARU – 18 March, 9am – venue to be confirmed

GISBORNE – 18 March, 9am – EIT Stout Street – Gisborne

RUATORIA – Friday 24 March, 9am – EIT Ruatoria Learning Centre

WAIROA – 25 March, 9am – EIT Wairoa Learning Centre

PAPAKURA – 25 March, 9am – Skills Update Training & Education Group Papakura 15 Walters Road, Takanini

HOKITIKA – 25 March, 9am – Beachfront Hotel Hokitika – 111 Revell Street – Hokitika

EASTER 7 – 10 APRIL
ANZAC DAY – 25 APRIL

TAURANGA – 6 May, 9am – Macys Motor Inn – Corner 11th Avenue & Edgecumbe Road – Tauranga

CHRISTCHURCH – 6 May, 9am – NTA McLeans Island Campus – 890 McLeans Island Road – McLeans Island – Christchurch

POINT CHEV – Sunday 7 May, 9am – Point Chev Community Centre – 18 Huia Road – Point Chevalier – Auckland

KERIKERI – 20 May, 9am – Manuka Health Meeting Room – 2206 State Highway 10 – Kerikeri

LOWER HUTT – 20 May, 10:30am – 4:30pm – The Dowse Art Museum – Laings Road

NELSON – 27 May, 9am – NMIT Richmond Campus – 390 Lower Queen Street – Richmond

REMUERA – 10 June, 9am – Somervell Presbyterian Church 497 Remuera Rd, Remuera, Auckland

OREWA – 10 June, 9am – Hibiscus Coast Community House – 214 Hibiscus Coast Highway – Orewa

DUNEDIN – 17 June, 9am – All Saints Church – 786 Cumberland Street – Dunedin

PALMERSTON NORTH – 17 June, 9am – Crossroads Church – 220 Church Street – Palmerston North

PUKEKOHE – 17 June, 9am – Pukekohe Old Borough Building – Main Hall – 22 Edinburgh Street – Pukekohe

ASHBURTON – 1 July, 9am – RSA – 12 Cox Street – Ashburton

NEW PLYMOUTH – Sunday 2 July, 9am – Brougham Heights Motel – Conference Room – 54 Brougham St – New Plymouth

ROTORUA – 8 July, 9am – Arawa Bowling Club – Lytton St – Rotorua

RANGIORA – 29 July, 9am – St Johns Building – 14 Albert Street – Rangiora

THAMES – 5 August, 9am – venue to be confirmed

NORTHCOTE – 5 August, 9am – Northcote War Memorial Hall – 2 Rodney Road – Northcote Point – Auckland

HAMILTON – 26 August, 9am – Aaron Court Motor 250 Ulster Street – Whitiora – Hamilton

OREWA – 2 September, 9am – Hibiscus Coast Community House – 214 Hibiscus Coast Highway – Orewa

GISBORNE – 9 September, 9am – EIT – Gisborne

BLENHEIM – 16 September, 9am – NMIT – 85 Budge Street – Blenheim

MASTERTON – 16 September, 9am – Wairarapa Community Centre – 41 Perry Street – Masterton

TAURANGA – 23 September, 9am – Macys Motor Inn – Corner 11th Avenue & Edgecumbe Road – Tauranga

KERIKERI – 23 September, 9am – Manuka Health Meeting Room – 2206 State Highway 10 – Kerikeri

PALMERSTON NORTH – 7 October, 9am – Crossroads Church – 220 Church Street – Palmerston North

DUNEDIN – 14 October, 9am – All Saints Church – 786 Cumberland Street – Dunedin

PAPAKURA – 28 October, 9am – Skills Update Training & Education Group Papakura 15 Walters Road, Takanini

NORTHCOTE – 28 October, 9am – Northcote War Memorial Hall – 2 Rodney Road – Northcote Point – Auckland

NELSON – 4 November, 9am – NMIT Richmond Campus – 390 Lower Queen Street – Richmond

LOWER HUTT – 11 November, 10:30am – 4:30pm – The Dowse Art Museum – Laings Road

HASTINGS – Sunday 12 November, 9am – Land Based Training Centre – 204 Warren Street – Hastings

REMUERA – 18 November, 9am – Somervell Presbyterian Church 497 Remuera Rd, Remuera, Auckland

CHRISTCHURCH – 18 November, 9am – NTA McLeans Island Campus – 890 McLeans Island Road – McLeans Island – Christchurch

TIMARU – 25 November, 9am – venue to be confirmed

NEW PLYMOUTH – Sunday 26 November, 9am – Brougham Heights Motel – Conference Room – 54 Brougham St – New Plymouth

AFB recognition and competency test application form

    YesNo

    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.

    YesNo

    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.

    YesNo

    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.

    Agree

    Yes

    Please make immediate payment to the bank details below of $100 to secure your place on this course. There is a $30 charge to attend 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
    06-0317-0615820-02
    (We are not able to offer an online payment service via our website. You must make payment via your own bank)

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    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.

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