About this Program

Credential Awarded:Ontario College Graduate Certificate
Campus:Niagara-on-the-Lake Campus
Length:3 consecutive terms

Program Highlights

  • On campus Apiary with 30 actively managed hives will be centre piece of this new program.
  • The three-semester academic program will coincide with the normal annual lifecycle of a honey bee from winter slumber to honey extraction to putting the honey bees back in their hives for overwintering and everything else in between.
  • Opportunity to work in a fi eld that is quickly expanding.
  • Stats Canada, in their most recent agricultural census, have estimated a need for an additional 3,619 commercial beekeepers across Canada to meet demand by the year 2023.
  • Established agricultural companies may consider expanding and adding to existing operations to include commercial beekeeping opportunities.
  • Huge global demand for skilled labour force for managed pollinators as wild pollinators decline.
  • Provincial focus on pollinator health strategies for both managed and wild pollinator species – need for professionals will be a centre piece of this.

Career Opportunities

  • Owner/operator – commercial beekeeping
  • Apiary manager
  • Apiary technician
  • Apiarist
  • Honey production supervisor
  • Honey and beehive related product production
  • Pollination services
  • Seasonal beekeeper
  • Apiary labourer

Watch the Launch of the Commercial Beekeeping Program

Watch the Beekeepr Video

Associate Dean Alan Unwin attends the launch of NC’s Commercial Beekeeping program, and discusses the benefits of commercial beekeeping in Niagara.

Start Dates

Ontario College Graduate Certificate
#0770 - 3 consecutive terms NOTL
Starting In Availability
September 2016Not Available
January 2017Closed
May 2017Not Available
September 2017Not Available
January 2018Open
May 2018Not Available