We offer three great online courses for the hobbyist beekeeper - or potential beekeeper. From understanding the honeybee, to installing and maintaining a healthy beehive, PerfectBee Courses have been enjoyed by many thousands of new and existing beekeepers.
Our three courses each have three sections, for a total of nine. They form a logical and consistent way to start and build your beekeeping knowledge. Each course includes both Free and Academy lessons.
Free Lessons: We offer many free lessons, available to all. These are a great way to explore whether beekeeping is right for you.
Academy Lessons: We also offer many additional lessons to our Colony members. These lessons dig deeper into all beekeeping topics and are a valuable resource for new and existing beekeepers.
The honeybee is one of nature's most incredible creatures. Our course starts with a look at the huge diversity of bees around the world, honeybee reproduction, the miracle of pollination, the beauty of honeycomb and more.
Colony members also enjoy Academy lessons covering honeybee anatomy, the lifecycle from egg to adult, the use of pheromones and much more.
In this section, our free lessons include a look at the furious activity happening in and away from the hive, how bees use their senses, the fascinating way they make honey, why they swarm and more.
Academy lessons offer a detailed explanation of the roles of drone, queen and worker bees. We discuss the foraging that takes place away from the hive, how bees maintain suitable conditions in the hive, the curious notion of "fat bees" and much more.
In the final section of this course, we build a stepping stone from the bee to the beekeeper. Our free lessons include a look at the joy of beekeeping with kids, finding clubs and mentors, some great books to consider and more.
Our Academy lessons include the increasing popular idea of urban beekeeping, how to deal with bee stings, keeping things friendly with the neighbors, some of the important benefits of beekeeping, practicing responsible beekeeping and much more.
Course 2 : Your Beehive
Building on our first course, Your Beehive is all about the practical details of beekeeping.
We start this course with a look at the options you make when you choose your beehive. Our free lessons provide an overview of the most popular types of hives, what bees - and beekeepers - need and the important practicalities of setting your first beehive.
Academy lessons include a close look at the Langstroth, Top Bar and Warre hives, some reflections on the Flow Hive and the role of foundationless beekeeping.
In this section, we look at the tools, equipment and clothing important to the beekeeper. Our free lessons include a look at the iconic smoker, some useful tools to consider and how to stay protected with your choice of clothing.
Academy lessons include the use of feeders and how technology is playing an increasingly important role in the life of beekeepers.
One of our most exciting sections - installing that first beehive! Our free lessons cover the essential planning necessary ahead of installing your hive, where to obtain your bees, involving friends and family and some important beekeeping advocacy groups of interest.
Our Academy lessons add specifics of installing bees from either a package or a nuc, as well as the fascinating topic of capturing swarms. We look deeper at feeding bees and introduce you to what happens in the brood nest. And we walk you through that first inspection.
Course 3 : A Healthy Beehive
Installing a beehive is just the start. In our final course we delve into what it takes to help your bees maintain a healthy beehive.
It's important for beekeepers to understand the threats our bees face. Free lessons include an overview of the main threats to bees, including Colony Collapse Disorder. We look at many examples, from tiny mice to big bears. And we introduce the essential topic of the damaging Varroa mite.
Our Academy lessons add important topics such as robbing, Small Hive Beetle, Wax Moth, American and European Foulbrood, diseases and a closer look at Varroa.
Your beehives are up and running. Now what? Our free lessons in this large section help you understand what's important when you inspect your hive. We look at how to recognize the possibility of swarming, how to combat cross comb and managing hive capacity.
Our Academy lessons cover queenlessness, requeening, a look at the brood pattern, overwintering honeybees, preparing for winter, managing moisture in the hive and more.
Having spent so long looking at bees and beekeeping - it's time think about the rewards! Our free lessons look at the many and varied rewards of this wonderful hobby and offer an introduction to harvesting honey.
Our Academy lessons drill down further on harvesting honey, and the extraction of beautiful wax and more.
Serving hobbyist beekeepers, to help you build your beekeeping knowledge, engage with other beekeepers and save on beekeeping supplies.