ONLINE COURSE ON ORGANIC BEEKEEPING
LEARN TO TAKE CARE OF BEES AND SUSTAINABLE BEEKEEPING
An online beekeeping course to fall in love with bees, taking care of their ecosystems and, if you wish, making products of differentiated quality.
According to our students in their evaluations , the online beekeeping course at Ecocolmena is (perhaps) the best. In short, for its quality, content and assistance from the teachers.
Keys to the course
(1) The term of completion of the course is 122 days. Additionally, more days can be extended with a symbolic donation to the Ecocolmena Association.
(2) Certificate valid for grants such as EU Agro-environmental aid (improvement of Biodiversity PAC) or other regional ones.
Caring for and raising healthy bees
Be a responsible and profitable beekeeper
Create sustainable apiaries
Produce products of differentiated quality
Enjoy a good experience in beekeeping and with bees
Offer services such as beekeeping tourism or urban beekeeping
Finally, you can help your ecosystems
Likewise, the student who manages to pass the online course will have the alternative of creating their own business, as well as improving the existing one, therefore, it will grant them financial independence in the short term.
Consequently, you will be able to develop production plans to obtain honey, pollen, wax, propolis and other products, as well as pollination services, educational projects or bee tourism activities, applying various management, feeding and health techniques.
Subjects, activities and videos
What are you going to learn
What materials will you take from the course
Beekeeping project template
Webinar – How to be a beekeeper and take care of bees. (105 min.)
Video – Beekeeping, crafts and environmentalism (2 min.)
Biodiversity and Pollinators
- Importance of bees and pollinators
- Threats to bees and pollinators
- Bee flora catalogs
- Video – Botany and pollinators (40 min.)
- Plants sources of food for bees
- Flower morphology, pollen and nectar
- Test – Questions about Botany
- Pollination of plants
- The bee, the best pollinator
- Plants of beekeeping interest
- Group discussion – Plants of beekeeping interest in your region
- Test – let’s solve some common botanical mistakes
- Self -Assessment – on Pollination
- Who are the bees
- Evolution of bees
- Races (or subspecies) and lineages of bees
Behavior of bees
- Bee facts and behaviors
- Video – The dance of the bees (1 min.)
- Bee anatomy
- Bee genotypes, phenotypes, and castes
- Reproduction cycle of bees
- Video – Development of a worker bee (1 min.)
- Test – about bees
- Test – on the biology of bees
- Self -assessment – module 2
Introduction – Products and services made by bees
- Honey, characteristics and properties
- Honey harvest
- Video – Honey extraction (21 min.)
- Honey packaging
- Protected Designation of Origin (PDO) and Protected Geographical Indication (PGI)
- Ideal conditions for honey and analysis
- Exercises – on honey
- Video – Honey (39 min.)
- Test – about honey
- Wax and bee venom
- Beeswax and its production
- Bee venom and its production
- Test – on wax
- Pollen, royal jelly and propolis
- Pollen, characteristics and their production
- Videos – Pollen
- Royal Jelly, characteristics and its production
- Propolis, characteristics and its production
- Test – on pollen, royal jelly and propolis
- Exercise – What would the honey (or other bee products) you want to consume or sell look like?
History of beekeeping
Step of the bee
Test – about the history of beekeeping
Basic Beekeeper Equipment
Beehives (types of boxes)
- Video – Looking for a Queen in a Langstroth Box (2 min.)
- Video – Langstroth Box Type (7 min.)
- Video – Warrè box type (5 min.)
- Video – Top Bar Hive Box Type (6 min.)
- Video – Box Type Honeycomb Hives Fold Hives (6 min.)
- Video – Flow Hive Box Type (8 min.)
- Video – Beecosystem Box Type (3 min.)
- Video – Type of box Cellar barrel (10 min.)
- Test – Advantages of modern hives and the problems caused by them
- Changing a bee colony between boxes of different frame sizes
- Sanitation and cleaning of a hive box
- Group discussion – What is, in your opinion, the type of box you want to work with?
- Test – about the types of hive boxes
The apiary or apiary
- The apiary or apiary, criteria and installation
- Video – Where and how to locate the apiary (9 min.)
- Video – Apiary, identification and security point (4 min.)
- Dynamic population of the colony
- Video – Types of frames and uses of wax sheets (53 min.)
- The size of the worker cells
- Housel position – «Y» in the honeycomb
- Video – Beekeeper Tools and Utensils
- Beekeeper Activity Calendar
- Artificial feeding
- Video – Supplementary or therapeutic feeding (7 min.)
- Mandatory operations and Control Sheet
- Video – Smoker lighting and miticidal uses (5 min.)
- Hive review
- Union of two or more hives
- Video – Union of two or more hives (12 min.)
- Video – Predator and pillage control (9 min.)
- Video – Laying block (4 min.)
- Group discussion – What is your opinion of transhumant beekeeping?
Professional playback methods
Video – Directed reproduction of hives (25 min.)
Self -assessment – on directed reproduction
Exercise – When can an orphan nucleus accumulate 1 kg of honey with worker bees born from the new queen?
Exercise – Breed or subspecies loss situations
Natural health and prophylaxis of bees
Bee Collapse Syndrome
Causes of death of bees that we can avoid
Predators and saboteurs
Video – Pathologies Part I (18 min.)
Video – Pathologies Part II – Varroosis (27 min.)
Video – EPIS, Protective equipment to prepare treatments (4 min.)
Video – Use of authorized treatments in Europe against Varroa (28 min.)
Video – Preparation of cardboard strips with oxalic acid and glycerin (8 min.)
Video – Complementary and natural treatments (31 min.)
Acaricidal essential oils
Construction of a Varroa testator
Group discussion – on pathologies
Test – Bee Pathology
Self -assessment – Complementary Treatments
Legislation on beekeeping activity by country
Legislation on the labeling of honey
Recommendations for hobbyist or amateur beekeepers
Organic Beekeeping Standards – Ecological
DEMETER. Biological and Biodynamic beekeeping standards
Group debate – on beekeeping legislation
Download the Manual of Beekeeping in Organic Production Systems – Ecological (600 pages)
Access to the Ecocolmena Campus Documentation Library (with more than 20 documents selected for advanced knowledge)
Access to Ecocolmena’s private video channel on YouTube
Movie More Than Honey
Quality assessment survey
It is an extraordinary and comprehensive online course with all the information and training necessary to enter the world of organic beekeeping or have more resources and training for professionals already. Rich in content, clear in the written explanations and entertaining in the videos. It is an easy course to follow through the platform and with a large bibliography and supporting documentation at the end of it. The last thing I would highlight is the support and accessibility of Jesus throughout the entire program.
For me it has been a great way to enter the great world of organic beekeeping. The content is of quality and the follow-up is very enjoyable. As well as the continuous attention of Jesus and the small details, it is evident that the people behind the course love their work and the values it transmits. It has been a pleasure!
Very interesting for the content and the very close way of explaining how to take care of bees. In addition, taught by Jesús Manzano with great sensitivity.
100% recommended, it makes you enter the world of beekeeping, helps you understand how it works and how the beekeeper interacts with the biology of the bee. The team helps you in learning and also during the implementation of your project, answering questions with advice of great practical value. Personally, the Ecocolmena online course aroused in me a great passion and admiration for this world. Today I am starting with 4 hives.
After taking the online course I was able to put into practice everything I learned in my apiary, which I started the same day I finished the course, so the knowledge provided by the members of ecocolmena is of great help to be practiced day by day in our apiary.
I really liked the course because it is didactic, it gives another point of view of responsibility and coexistence with bees, a future beekeeper must have with them, another nuance is empathy with bees, trying to understand them by how they act in the hive , develop the capacity for analytical observation.
It was a great experience. The clarity in the exposition, added to how personalized the practice in the apiary can become, makes the student better understand and understand basic but fundamental concepts of Organic Beekeeping.
Very complete and pleasant. Professor Jesús Manzano is very close, decisive and with great wisdom. I recommend it to all those who seek to know the real world of bees in a simple and dynamic way.
Do not hesitate to take the course. Wonderful the eco-friendly and organic approach of this one. Teachers with first-rate communication skills. A more than precise documentation with some very entertaining exercises that will make you learn almost without wanting to. Highly recommended if you are looking for another way of life and want to "get off the train" to contribute a grain of sand to a more balanced and sustainable life. Thank you Jesus.
In my experience with Ecocolmena I only have words of gratitude and admiration for giving us such valuable knowledge, with an ecological approach and totally kind to the kingdom of pollinators, but above all WITH OUR PLANET
I find that it is very complete, in addition, presenting video classes makes it much easier to understand the subject, the contents are very well explained and you can see the passion that the teachers have. I would recommend to all those who want to know the world of bees and their environment.
This course is very good, with clear objectives, very well explained classes, you can see the years in Beekeeping, the immediate application of the information provided, which in conjunction with the practical classes make learning clear. In addition, participating in this course allows you to be part of a contact network with other beekeepers or future beekeepers.
Excellent course! In my case, I had no experience in the world of bees and we were taught in a didactic way about their process to produce honey, their diseases and care. When I can put this knowledge into practice, I will surely take the next course to learn more about this fascinating world and contribute to improve our planet!
Excellent for both beginners and advanced students, Jesús and Marianela teachers are very clear in their teachings, committed and willing to continue supporting their students after finishing this one. I recommend it without a doubt.
Ecocolmena, teaches everything you need about beekeeping. Passing information is easy. Now, Jesús Manzano manages to connect you with the universe of bees. After the course, you have the satisfaction of knowing and the responsibility to act. Grateful to have invested time in participating in this experience and being part of this community.
Very complete and interesting for those of us in beekeeping, teachers like Jesús and Marianela with extensive knowledge and always ready to help us in everything. A course that really has to be done.
It was a pleasant and exciting experience, I learned to understand how noble and necessary this insect is. Now I pay more attention to their actions and behavior. It is an experience that most people should have, since teachers have a lot of knowledge which they want to share with you, and it is also easy to understand.
The impeccable beekeeping online course, where sustainable development and care for the environment are a constant. The treatment was very personal, always attentive to any questions and offering his extensive knowledge about the world of beekeeping. Highly recommended, I will repeat, thank you very much.
I really liked the Ecocolmena beekeeping course, it provides a comprehensive vision of beekeeping. Beekeeping learning and development focuses on the well-being of the hive. Explain the behavior of bees from their perspective. An innovative and necessary vision for a socially and environmentally responsible beekeeping.
I signed up for this course to learn more about beekeeping, and it has certainly met my expectations. I value the experience very positively, since apart from learning a multitude of things, the atmosphere with my colleagues was exceptional. I have discovered an exciting world and thanks to this course I have dared to set up my own apiary. Highly recommended
Very enriching experience, since thanks to the methodology of the online beekeeping course, which from my point of view was very clear and precise, I made the great decision to start in this beautiful world of Beekeeping, and by the way I fully recommend it to those who They still have doubts, because personally it exceeded my expectations, because the contents were easy to understand for both experienced beekeepers and those of us who wanted to start.
It is a very complete course that ranges from bee biology to legislation, pest control or how to market the different products that are generated. I have really enjoyed it and Jesus, the instructor, has extensive knowledge on the subject. This course has given me an excellent foundation to start in the world of beekeeping.
It helped me to achieve a vision of beekeeping beyond the exploitation of bees. Along with the theoretical framework of excellence, I learned good beekeeping practices. Happy I will return to the classroom and to the apiaries with Ecocolmena.
I started without any knowledge in beekeeping and I am aware that I have a long way to go, but I can say that my future knowledge will be based on a good base, the one acquired in the Ecocolmena course. I recommend it, regardless of whether you start from scratch, as was my case, or you already have experience.
The explanations of the online course are very practical, easy to understand as well as apply.
In addition, through the videos I have been able to understand much better the different stages of beekeeping.
In short, it has been very useful for me to better understand the world of beekeeping and the work of the beekeeper.
Great, very educational and with excellent explanations. I have never had the opportunity to participate in a course like this, where I could share my experiences as a beekeeper and learn from others. And it's great for beginning beekeepers, teaching everything from basic knowledge to advanced subject matter. I would love to continue to benefit from these courses!
My experience as a student was motivating, since I learned much more about bees and how to take care of them with organic products, totally recommended for all people who love pollinators.
I would recommend it to all beekeepers to improve especially in hygiene and treatment of diseases. It also gives a global vision, necessary for those of us who are starting out or for those who are most experts in this matter.
It's more. In particular, it has opened ways for me to contribute to the sustainability of the planet. A grain of sand.
I believe that natural / organic products will be more appreciated in the future, and I had the opportunity to learn from the best, thanks to Jesus, his experience, and his encouragement to share the information. Finally, also the price of the course is very good!
I recommend it for friends and family who want to start beekeeping, as well as those who are already working because they will know the subject better and will be projected with a clearer vision.
I would recommend the Ecocolmena online course because of the depth of the content and the teaching staff, as well as highlighting the quality and convenience of the platform. My sincere congratulations.
It is 100% recommended, very clear theoretical framework. It allows to improve training skills for organic beekeeping and is based on respect for bees and their environment. Congratulations and I hope to be able to take another course with you soon. Keep up the great work and success in everything.
It is very complete, it has taught me things that the beekeepers I know did not know. The format has allowed me to follow the course at my own pace and with my schedules.
I liked being able to do it online, and seeing that there are already colleagues who have hives and still want to continue learning at a theoretical level and not just in situ.
Of course I recommend it, because it is very well organized, because it is very complete, because it is very clear and understandable, because it offers reasonable deadlines to complete it, and because it uses a very user-friendly technological platform. All are advantages in this Course and I doubt that there is another better or equivalent in our language.
It trains you in this exciting world of beekeeping, little by little, motivating the student to create their own apiary, starting with the teachers and continuing with the subject, it is very complete in my opinion, now we only need to put into practice what has been studied.
The online mode is interesting for its content and way of imparting knowledge for those who are interested in learning about the world of bees and ecology, biodiversity and the balance of ecosystems.
The content is very deep and detailed, there are all the things that one as a beekeeper must know to get started in organic beekeeping. Without a doubt I will be able to apply the knowledge in my personal beekeeping projects. Finally, Jesús Manzano is a born leader and is promoting better beekeeping practices throughout the world, I feel very identified with his vision towards a more respectful beekeeping with the nature of bees.
I recommend it because it has the information to start or improve your apiary, likewise, more advanced information with which you have access to when practice requires it. In addition, the teacher is supremely available, the information has the sources, which makes it reliable. the design is made for you to understand, keep the information, think about it and measure how much you understood, thus achieving true learning.
First of all, I thank Jesús Manzano and his entire team who, concerned about beekeeping, have made this online course possible, in which you can find everything related to beekeeping. I recommend and guarantee that it is a complete course with practical content, which is what every beekeeper needs to know.
Certificate approved in the EU
At the end of the online course you will have your study certificate, if you complete and pass the continuous assessment activities.
Expert and Professor of Beekeeping
Founder of Ecocolmena
Social Innovation in Beekeeping
Qualified teaching professor. It has trained thousands of students from 26 countries in beekeeping. It resides between Spain and Chile.
Also, every month he trains dozens of beekeepers in the international online beekeeping course .
Founder, in 2013, of Ecocolmena . Driver of beekeeping 3.0 bringing social innovation to beekeeping and inspiring thousands of beekeepers around the world. Creator of the projects «Sponsor a Beehive» and «Beekeeper for a Day».
Activist committed to the environment and social justice.
Author of the Manual of Ecological Beekeeping in Ecological Production Systems (600 pages)