the basic exam is normally done at a non home apiary and is a non written examination, but the exam board may help if you cannot get to another apairy, they did when a feeind who is wheelchair bound asked to do it at homeI looked at distance learning, but you have to be able to attend SOME of the sessions at a place other than locally (so out for me) also when I looked the price structure it was not at all clear, so I gave up trying to work it out. May try for basic cert. next year - if I can do at home, but otherwise not.
You should make this clear when you apply. I've been examining at the same time as another examiner was taking somebody suffering from Parkinsons. Extra time was allocated for answering and he used a nail gun for making the frames. I think you will find they are as accomodating as they can be. The candidate passed their basic. Certainly, your general husbandry is at your home location. Only the Advanced Husbandry would require you to attend Stoneleigh (which has facilities for the disabled). Not sure if you were unable to travel how that would work but that would normally take a few years to get to anyway.If you want to do the exams, make it clear from the start that you would have difficulty attending another apiary to take the exam and see what they come up with as a compromise.
Intrestingly, I think neither of those two are the ones I'd most recommend for the practical beekeeper. Module 3 - Diseases is well worth studying, as is Module 5 - Biology.Teemore;John Wilkinson said:I passed mods one and two.
That was that!.
I realised that further mods were getting increasingly technical and of little value to the practical beekeeper.
Ask any question to a NDB person and you will get the same contradictory answers as amongst any other group of beekeepers
Don't get me wrong, I'm all for education but academic exercises for their own sake ,fail to attract me !
Yes, but given they write the allocation of marks at the top of every paper, and additionally, at the top of every section, and next to each question I really don't see what more they could do. The format of every exam is the same that they do, and furthermore old papers are available so you can practice. Thats nothing to do with experience, they make it unequivocally clear how the marks will be allocated.Quite a bit of exam passing is technique
For instance, people with experience in the taking of exams will suss out the questions with the greatest rewards(points wise)
The past papers provide a great opportunity to see how much can be written in those timescales. Also, for many people, it has been a long time since they have written so much in a tight timescales so it's well worth doing some practice papers against a clock to check that you realise approximately how much you can write in the timescales.,also they will have the advantage of knowing how to write an essay in such a manner as to cover all points raised by the question without too much added information and all in a tightly allotted time frame.
Correct. And how often do people stretch their experiences and verify if what they are doing is optimum, and check other techniques, or even check if there are other techniques. Using my club (and indeed myself) as an example, this is not as frequenct as you think. People always stick to the same old tried and tested methods (which often are out of date) or were slightly incorrectly taught to them to start with.Exams passed or not, beekeeping is still mainly down to experience. Yes, some parts may be appropriate for getting a particular position, or at least give an advantage to those candidates with the cerificate.
As an examiner of basics and I can say that not everybody passes. What it does do, is force them to re-check many basics aspects, a year or so after they first did a beginners class or suchlike. Many people do a winter course, then keep bees for a season of two, then take a basic. What I find is that they mis-understand things on the winter course, and only with the practical experience, and then studying for the basic does it all "click". The practical alone isn't enough. It's only when they have a solid experience then re-read the books does it all sink in.With the ease and likelihood of passing the basic, it is simply a money spinner for the arranging organisation; but against that it does introduce the examiners to 'marking' examinees and it also gives some learners the idea that if they can pass, they are a 'beekeeper proper'. That may or may not be the case.
If you have significant prior learning, of course it's taken into account as you have to study less to achieve the benchmark position. From experience, I was able to pass Module 1 with very little revision. I had a good depth of experience on things like advising beginners on apiary location, sourcing equipment, hive types etc. A beginner with a few years experience may have to study those areas if they are going to teach beginners.I am still learning after ten years, but I have no intention of passing any exam unless I had a particular interest in that facet of the subject.
In most examination/learning environments prior knowledge and learning is taken into account to determine the starting level for different students. That seems to be absent in this series of certificated organisation. That seems very typical of particular organisations, if that is, in fact, the true position. Please feel free to correct me if my perception is incorrect.