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The general aim of education is to contribute towards the development of all aspects of the individual, including aesthetic, creative, critical, cultural, emotional, expressive, and intellectual, for personal and home life, for working life, for living in the community and for leisure.

The aims of the syllabus are:

• To contribute to the learners & general education through their involvement in the process of beekeeping practice and the acquisition of biological knowledge and understanding of the honey bee and the colony of bees.
• To encourage in learners an attitude of enquiry, of curiosity and self-discovery through:
• Individual study and personal initiative
• Team work
• Instructor-led work

• To develop an understanding of biological facts and principles of beekeeping
• To enhance an interest in and develop an appreciation of the nature and diversity of organisms and their interconnectivity
• To create an awareness of the application of biological knowledge to modern beekeeping as it affects society, social, economic, environmental, industrial, agricultural, medical, waste management and other contexts
• To develop in students an ability to make informed evaluations about contemporary beekeeping issues
• To allow beekeepers develop their skills and acquire new ones.
• It gives adults a chance to retrain, which is particularly important to people who will need to work past pension age and need support to train for a new role.

Why Certify?

Having a certification from a respected source is a stamp of quality. 

Gaining a certificate requires you to study the latest technologies and cutting-edge research in the
field. This will help you stay up to date on all of the best work practices.

Obtaining the certificate often involves attending some form of classes or seminars along with other practitioners in the field. This gives learners the chance to talk to others and develop networks of mutual value.

Certifications are a particularly unbiased barometer of skills achieved.
Certification may lead to employment opportunities.

The exams offered by IBA are at Preliminary, Intermediate and Senior levels.
Two certified levels cannot be pursued in a one year time frame.