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Examinations and Fees

The SBA believes that studying for, and passing, the various examinations which are available to all classes of Member, is a worthwhile activity which should be encouraged.The SBA examination and assessment syllabuses have been fully revised to bring their content and standard of examination up to date and into line with those of the BBKA.

The starting and entry requirement for all other examinations and assessments is either the Junior Beekeeper or Basic Beekeeping Assessment, this short practical assessment tests the basic skills and knowledge of the craft.

Following the Basic Beekeeping Assessment you can further your knowledge of bees and beekeeping by studying for the Module Examinations or progress through the examination system by undertaking Further Practical Assessments.

Other practical assesments which are also available to members are the Microscopy Certificate and Honey Show Judge. View a summary of the SBA Examination System.

The module examinations are offered in two diets, one in March and the other in November. You will find full details of all examination and course dates on the events page.

For all examinations other than the Junior Beekeeper and Basic Beekeeping, the candidate must be a current member of the SBA.

The SBA also offers a Beekeeper Trainer Certificate which is awarded on request. To find out more please see the SBA Beekeeping Trainer Certificate Prospectus and Award Requirements.

Apply online for your examinationor by post, complete the Exam Application Form and send it with the appropriate Fee to the Education Officer.

Before applying please ensure that the deadline for your examination has not passed, application deadlines can be found by clicking here.


The Current Examination Fees are as follows :-

  •   £5 - Junior Beekeeper, or any other exam taken by a junior
  • £20 - Basic Beekeeping
  • £23 - Per Module 1 to 8
  • £35 - Microscopy Mod 9
  • £35 - Honey Judge 
  • £35 - Intermediate Practical
  • £35 - Apiarian Practical
  • £20 - SBA Beekeeping Trainer Certificate