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 training@afb.org.nz 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.

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:

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 training@afb.org.nz with your location details.

Please complete the registration form to submit your application.

Final full courses for 2020

ASHBURTON – Saturday 28 November, 9am – 8 Stamford Lane – Ashburton

CHRISTCHURCH – Sunday 6 December – Papanui Public Library – 9am

2021

HASTINGS – Saturday 6 February, 9am – Land Based Training Centre – 204 Warren Street – Hastings

ASHHURST – Sunday 7 February, 10am – Masonic Hall – 69 Oxford Street – Ashhurst

PAEROA – Sunday 6 March, 9am – Pedlars Motel – 2A Arney Street – Paeroa

NELSON – Sunday 7 March, 9am – Richmond campus of NMIT

KAITAIA – Saturday 20 March, 9am – Christian Fellowship – 149 Pukepoto Road – Kaitaia

LOWER HUTT – Saturday 20 March, 9am – Lower Hutt Events Centre – Laings Road – Lower Hutt

ROTORUA– Saturday 20 March, 10am – Arawa Bowling Club – Lytton St – Rotorua

TAURANGA– Saturday 27 March, 9am – Macys Motor Inn – Avenue & Edgecumbe Road – Tauranga

BLENHEIM– Saturday 27 March, 9am – NMIT – Budget Street – Blenheim

EASTER – 2-5 APRIL 2021

MASTERTON– Saturday 10 April, 9am – Wairarapa Community Hall

REMUERA– Saturday 10 April, 9am – Somervell Presbyterian Church 497 Remuera Road

TE ATATU – Sunday 11 April, 9am – Te Atatu Community Centre 595 Te Atatu Rd – Te Atatū Peninsula

OREWA– Sunday 18 April, 9am – Hibiscus Coast Community House – 214 Hibiscus Coast Highway – Orewa

CHRISTCHURCH– Sunday 18 April, 9am – Papanui Public Library

ANZAC DAY – 26 APRIL 2021

ASHBURTON– Saturday 1 May, 9am – 8 Stamford Lane – Ashburton

GISBORNE– Saturday 8 May, 9am- EIT Gisborne

AMBERLEY– Saturday 15 May, 9am – Amberley Library

INVERCARGILL– Sunday 16 May, 9am – SIT – Tay Street – Invercargill

KERIKERI– Saturday 22 May, 9am – Northtec Kerikeri campus – cnr Kerikeri Road & Honeheke Road

HAMILTON– Saturday 22 May, 9am – Aaron Court Motor 250 Ulster Street – Whitiora – Hamilton

NEW PLYMOUTH – Sunday 23 May, 9am – Brougham Heights Motel – 54 Brougham Street

NORTHCOTE– Sunday 23 May, 9am – Northcote War Memorial Hall – 2 Rodney Road

WANGANUI– Saturday 29 May, 9am – Vintage Car Club – Patapu Street – Wanganui East

WHANGAREI– Saturday 29 May, 9am – McKay Stadium – Western Hills Drive – Whangarei

QUEENS BIRTHDAY  7 JUNE 2021

WAIMAUKU– Saturday 12 June, 9am – Waimauku War Memorial – 24 Waimauku Station Road

PALMERSTON NORTH – Saturday 19 June, 9am – Crossroads – Church Street – Palmerston North

OTAKI – Saturday 26 June, 9am – Otaki Hub Church – 157 Tasman Road – Otaki

HASTINGS – Sunday 27 June, 9am – Land Based Training Centre – 204 Warren Street – Hastings

GLENFIELD– Saturday 10 July, 9am – Glenfield Memorial Hall – Hall Road – Glenfield

MASTERTON– Saturday 24 July, 9am – Wairarapa Community Hall

REMUERA– Saturday 24 July, 9am – Somervell Presbyterian Church 497 Remuera Road

AUCKLAND CITY– Sunday 1 August, 9am – venue to be confirmed

HAMILTON– Saturday 7 August, 9am – Aaron Court Motor 250 Ulster Street

DUNEDIN– Saturday 14 August, 9am – Otago Polytechnic Dunedin campus

KAITAIA– Saturday 21 August, 9am – Christian Fellowship  – 149 Pukepoto Road – Kaitaia

LOWER HUTT – Saturday 21 August, 9am – Lower Hutt Events Centre – Laings Road – Lower Hutt

CHRISTCHURCH– Saturday 28 August, 9am – Papanui Public Library – 5 Restell Street

CROMWELL– Saturday 4 September, 9am – Otago Polytech Cromwell Campus – 25 Bannockbun Road

NELSON– Sunday 5 September, 9am – Richmond campus of NMIT – Lower Queen St

TAURANGA– Saturday 11 September, 9am – Macys Motor Inn – Avenue & Edgecumbe Road – Tauranga

GLENFIELD– Sunday 12 September, 9am – Glenfield Memorial Hall – Hall Road – Glenfield

KERIKERI– Saturday 18 September, 9am – Northtec Kerikeri campus – cnr Kerikeri Road & Honeheke Road

ROTORUA– Saturday 18 September, 10am – Arawa Bowling Club – Lytton St – Rotorua

BLENHEIM– Saturday 25 September, 9am – NMIT – Budge Street – Blenheim

MASTERTON– Saturday 2 October, 9am – Wairarapa Community Hall

REMUERA – Saturday 2 October, 9am – Somervell Presbyterian Church 497 Remuera Road

WHANGAREI– Saturday 2 October, 9am – McKay Stadium – Western Hills Drive – Whangarei

TIMARU– Saturday 9 October, 9am – Ara Institute of Technology – 32 Arthur Street – Timaru

TE ANAU – Sunday 10 October, 10am – Te Anau Club – cnr Pop Andrew Drive & Jackson St

PAPAKURA– Saturday 16 October, 9am – Skills Horticulture Centre – 572/A Great South Road

INVERCARGILL– Sunday 17 October, 9am – Southern Institute of Technology 133 Tay Street Invercargill

LABOUR DAY – 25 OCTOBER 2021

PALMERSTON NORTH – Saturday 30 October, 9am – Crossroads – Church Street – Palmerston North

WANGANUI– Saturday 6 November, 9am – venue TBC

HAMILTON– Saturday 13 November, 9am – Aaron Court Motor 250 Ulster Street

NEW PLYMOUTH – Sunday 14 November, 9am – Brougham Heights Motel – 54 Brougham Street

AMBERLEY– Saturday 20 November – Amberley Library

OTAKI – Saturday 27 November, 9am – Otaki Hub Church – 157 Tasman Road – Otaki

CHRISTCHURCH– Sunday 28 November, 9am – Papanui Public Library – 5 Restell Street

NELSON– Sunday 5 December, 9am – Richmond campus of NMIT, Lower Queen Street

AFB recognition and competency test application form
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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.

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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.

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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.

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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
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)

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
Videos

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

AFB Symptoms
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.

AFB Law
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
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.

AFB App
The AFB App

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