The General Certificate of Competence as a Beekeeper 2017-04-17T17:58:44+00:00

Certificate of Competence as a Beekeeper

An assessment of the beekeeping competence of association members carried out by association members for the benefit of the local association and it’s members.

An assessment process that:-

• Aims to help beekeepers think carefully about what they are doing so that they can do it well.
• Is competency based.
• Includes practical beekeeping.
• Stresses the importance of bee health.
• Includes the processing, packaging and sale of hive products.
• Requires the application and understanding of honeybee biology.
• Stresses personal and community safety in all aspects of beekeeping.
• Is assessed by experienced beekeepers who are active association members.
• Requires participants to become active association members.
• Will ensure that participants become good beekeepers.

Participants will find that their learning and development as beekeepers is structured and directed towards personal improvement. Each participant can progress through the assessment at their own pace and will be able to tackle activities and tasks when their beekeeping requires them to do so. The workbooks that support each activity gives valuable help to enable the beekeeper to do the tasks well.

Levels of Assessment

There are three levels at which skills are assessed:-

1. General Certificate Aimed at new and novice beekeepers
2. Advanced Certificate For beekeepers who want to take things further
3. Higher Certificate For bee breeders and committee members

At each level there are three aspects of beekeeping that are assessed and certificated:-

General Certificate Aimed at new and novice beekeepers

  • General Certificate - Managing Bees
  • General Certificate - Hive Products
  • General Certificate - Continuing Learning (CPD)

Advanced Certificate For beekeepers who want to take things further

  • Advanced Certificate - Managing Bees
  • Advanced Certificate - Hive Products
  • Advanced Certificate - Continuing Learning (CPD)

Higher Certificate For bee breeders and committee members

  • Higher Certificate - Managing Bees
  • Higher Certificate - Hive Products
  • Higher Certificate - Continuing Learning (CPD)

Each of the 9 competencies are achieved when the beekeeper has evidenced their ability to perform a range of activities. The activities are arranged as a series of assessment units each sub-divided into specific tasks to be evidenced. The tasks can be evidenced in a variety of ways including; direct observation by the assessor, video of the activity being completed, time stamped photographs, witness statements and participation in association activities. The tasks can be completed in any order though there is an obvious progression route.

The Assessor

The local association will appoint experienced beekeepers who are willing to act as assessors. It is the job of the assessor to consider the evidence provided by the beekeepers and to decide if the beekeeper has demonstrated the required level of competence.

The Assessor will rate the beekeeper on each activity as

N – Not yet competent                       C – Competent                         P – Proficient

Both C and P grades represent a ‘can do’ level of achievement and are pass grades. Beekeepers who are rated with an N grade can repeat the task and re-submit evidence in order to achieve either a C or P grade. The assessor will record the new assessment and date the achievement.

Competency and Proficiency

Competence:

The ability to function satisfactorily in familiar circumstances.

Competence is about applying established solutions to pre-defined problems. Competence can therefore be measured, so it is easy to document, easy to teach, and easy to assess. Competence is based on vertical thinking. Competence is also the territory of risk management, evidence-based processes and centralised control.

Proficiency:

The ability to function satisfactorily in both familiar and unfamiliar circumstances

Proficiency is about having abilities both more profound and broad-based – acumen, skill, flair, and audacity – to work in unknown territory and still be able to move towards a positive outcome. Lateral thinking is required. Proficiency is hard to measure, teach or assess, although it can be exemplified, recognised, and ultimately approved (or, of course, disapproved when it doesn’t go well). Proficiency used to be the territory of the professional – individuals sufficiently highly educated, conditioned and motivated in their chosen field (teaching, law, medicine, etc) that they could be trusted to act according to the best of their ability with a high degree of autonomy. There is a framework of competencies, of course, but also clearly plenty of headroom for individual talent and experimentation.

The Assessment Process

The Association:-

  1. Puts in place the mechanisms needed to operate the process to a standard that will provide a high quality service to members.
  2. Prepares all of the materials needed to operate the scheme.
  3. Recruits and selects appropriate members to act as assessors.
  4. Tells members about the assessments scheme via talks, newsletters, websites and, most importantly, as an integral part of any and all training activities the association carries out.
  5. Provides opportunity for assessment through association activities.
  6. Celebrates members success.

The Beekeeper:-

  1. Requests an assessment pack and has an opportunity to discuss the assessment scheme with the Training Officer.
  2. Familiarises themselves with the range of activities and individual tasks that can be assessed.
  3. When the beekeeper carries out an activity / task as a part of their normal beekeeping activities they collect evidence that will demonstrate their competence to complete the task.
  4. The beekeeper records the evidence in the activity record sheet and stores any relevant evidence in the evidence folder.
  5. As tasks are completed, or periodically, the beekeeper asks an assessor to endorse the evidence or suggest further actions that are needed for the beekeeper to demonstrate competence.
  6. When all of the tasks within an activity have been completed at a suitable level of competence the beekeeper can ask the Training Officer to verify that they have successfully completed that activity.
  7. When all of the activities have been completed the beekeeper can request that they be issued with the certificate and endorsement documents.
  8. A Certificate is issued and presented at an association meeting.

Note that in many cases it will be possible to evidence several parts of a task, or even several tasks, at the same time. If the assessor is present and observes the activity then he/she can evidence the beekeepers competence by direct observation.

List of activities for General Certificate

You must demonstrate competence in all the listed activities in order to achieve this qualification

TypeFile NameDate Modified

mp4
001 Honey Bees 1 23/02/2016 3:14 pm

mp4
002 Honey Bees 2 23/02/2016 3:14 pm

pdf
Assessment Record Managing Bees 23/02/2016 11:49 am

pdf
BfDGB1 Selecting an Apiary Site Workbook 23/02/2016 12:50 pm

pdf
BfDGB2 Select and Assemble a Hive Workbook 23/02/2016 12:50 pm

pdf
BfDGB3 Apiary Hygiene Workbook 23/02/2016 12:50 pm

pdf
BfDGB4 PPE Smoker Hive Tool Workbook 23/02/2016 12:50 pm

pdf
BfDGB5 Hiving a Nucleus Colony Workbook 23/02/2016 12:50 pm

pdf
BfDGB6 Hive Inspection Workbook Copy 23/02/2016 12:50 pm

pdf
BfDGB7 Disease Inspection Workbook 23/02/2016 12:50 pm

pdf
BfDGB9 Hive Record Workbook 23/02/2016 12:50 pm

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BfDGB78 Varroa Count Workbook 23/02/2016 12:50 pm

NOTES:-

Activities and the Tasks they consist of are not always sequential and can be tackled in any order.

Some tasks are common to several activities and are transferable – if you demonstrate your competence at a particular task it can be recorded in all the activities it occurs in.

You must demonstrate competence in all the listed activities in order to achieve this qualification

TypeFile NameDate Modified

pdf
Assessment Record Hive Products 23/02/2016 2:12 pm

pdf
BfDGP1 Extract Honey Workbook 23/02/2016 2:12 pm

pdf
BfDGP2-3 Hygienic Extraction Room and Equipmen Workbook 23/02/2016 2:12 pm

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BfDGP4 Remove Honey Crop Workbook 23/02/2016 2:12 pm

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BfDGP5 Package Honey Workbook 23/02/2016 2:12 pm

NOTES:-

Activities and the Tasks they consist of are not always sequential and can be tackled in any order.

Some tasks are common to several activities and are transferable – if you demonstrate your competence at a particular task it can be recorded in all the activities it occurs in.

You must demonstrate competence in all the listed activities in order to achieve this qualification

TypeFile NameDate Modified

pdf
Assessment Record Continuing Learning 23/02/2016 2:24 pm

pdf
BfDGL1 Basic Bee Biology Workbook 23/02/2016 2:24 pm

pdf
BfDGL2 Risk Assessment Workbook 23/02/2016 2:24 pm

pdf
BfDGL3 Association Meeting Workbook 23/02/2016 2:24 pm

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BfDGL4 Other Hymenoptera Workbook 23/02/2016 2:24 pm

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BfDGL5 Plan for the Year Workbook 23/02/2016 2:24 pm

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BfDGL6 Register with BEEBASE Workbook 23/02/2016 2:24 pm

NOTES:-

Activities and the Tasks they consist of are not always sequential and can be tackled in any order.

Some tasks are common to several activities and are transferable – if you demonstrate your competence at a particular task it can be recorded in all the activities it occurs in.

Why not grab a cup of tea and head over to the new forums, there is a discussion group just for people taking the General Certificate of Competence.

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