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 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), given there is reasonable support, we will do our best to organise additional courses. Please email Janette Gwilliam at email@example.com 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
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
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