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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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:
- Your local beekeeping supplier
- Apiculture New Zealand – click here to go to the online shop
- Latest 2018 Revised Edition: – cost: $39.95 (plus postage costs $7.50)
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) we are more than willing, given there is reasonable support to organise additional courses. Please email Janette Gwilliam at email@example.com 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.
Palmerston North – 26 January – Crossroads – Church Road – 9am
Christchurch – 26 January – Papanui Public Library – 5 Restell St – 9am
THIS COURSE IS NOW FULL, NEXT DATE FOR CHCH IS 20 APRIL
Dunedin – 2 February – Momona Hall – 9am
New Plymouth – 2 February – Brougham Heights Motel Brougham St, New Plymouth – 9am
Wellington – 16 February – Hardwick Smith Lounge – Lower Hutt – 9am
Invercargill – 16 February – SIT (room to be confirmed) – 9am
Blenheim – 16 February – NMIT 85 Budge Street Blenheim – 9am
Pukekohe – 2 March – Pukekohe Old Borough Building – Edinburgh St – 9am
Ashburton – 2 March – RSA Cox Street – 9am
Ngaruawahia – 9 March – Ngaruawahai Golf Club – 9am
Gisborne – 9 March – EIT Gisborne – 9am
Morrinsville – 16 March – Morrinsville Community Centre – 9am
Napier – 16 March – Napier EIT Campus – 9am
Greymouth – 16 March – Venue TBC – 9am
Levin – 16 March – Thompson House Kent Street – 9am
Whangarei – 16 March – ASB Stadium – Kensington Park – 97 Western Hills Drive – 9am
Rotorua – Saturday 23 March – Arawa Bowling Club Lytton St (off Devon St) Rotorua – 10am
Cromwell – 23 March – Presbyterian Church Elspeth Street – 9am
Te Kuiti – 23 March – Te Kuiti Community House, 28 Taupiri St, Te Kuiti – 9:30am
Hastings – 23 March – Pakowhai Hall Pakowhai Road Hastings – 9am
Springston (Chch Sth) – 24 March – Days Road South Springston – 9am
Wellington – 30 March – Hardwick Smith Lounge – Lower Hutt – 9am
Masterton – 6 April – Wairarapa Community Hall – Masterton – 10am
Remuera – 6 April – Somervell Presbyterian Church Remuera 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
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 – Venue TBC – 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
New Plymouth – 8 June – Brougham Heights Motel – 54 Brougham St – 9am
Wanganui – 15 June – VCC Patapu Street Wanganui East – 9am
Rotorua – Saturday 15 June – Arawa Bowling Club Lytton St (off Devon St) Rotorua – 10am
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
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