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 are the centrepiece of this 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 field 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 centrepiece 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

Our Niagara-on-the-Lake campus is the first postsecondary institution in Canada to be recognized as a Certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary.

Watch the Launch of the Commercial Beekeeping Program

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

Admissions and Availability

Ontario College Graduate Certificate
#0770 - 3 consecutive terms NOTL
Starting In Availability
September 2017Not Available
January 2018Closed
May 2018Not Available
September 2018Not Available
January 2019Open
May 2019Not Available