The prescriptions in the subjects of the examinations shall be as follows:
General Science or Chemistry
(1) The prescriptions for these subjects shall be those for the time being in force for the subjects for the School Certificate Examination conducted under regulation 6 of the Education (Post-primary Instruction) Regulations 1954.
(2) The recording of straight-forward cash and credit transactions in cashbook and journal: A knowledge of the preparation of a gross revenue and expenditure account: The keeping of time sheets and wages books: Tax deductions from wages: Elementary knowledge of banking, insurance, and general commercial practice.
(3) The candidate shall have had practice in the use of a hand lens and the drawing pencil and shall show a satisfactory elementary knowledge of the following, based on observation and simple experiments:
(a) The structure of plants, based on a study of the organs of a typical herb, shrub, and tree; the main life-forms of flowering plants for example, annuals, biennials, perennials, and climbing plants; and
(b) The processes of nutrition, with special reference to absorption, translocation, and transpiration of water, together with the intake of food materials from the air and soil; carbon assimilation, nitrogen assimilation, and respiration; the elaboration of foods within the plant, especially carbohydrates and proteins, their consumption and storage; and
(d) The relation of the plant to its environment, including the influence of soils, water, light, temperature, wind; the chief resultant plant formations for example, forest, scrub, grasslands.
(4) The candidate shall show a satisfactory elementary knowledge of the following:
Races and strains of hive bees: Inmates of the hive, their development stages and life span: Division of labour in a colony of bees: Substances required and gathered by bees as nectar, pollen, propolis, and water.
Oral and Practical Examination (Stage I)
(5) Components of a three-storey hive for extracted honey: Components of a three-storey hive for section-comb honey: Equipment necessary to work bees: Equipment of a honey house: Diseases of bees found in New Zealand and the methods of treatment.
Entomology (Stage I)
(6) The main divisions of the insect world: The morphology, habits of life, life history, means of distribution, and methods of control of insects significant to beekeeping by their effect on agriculture and horticulture:
The social insects and their economy: The anatomy and physiology of the honey bee.
(7) Honey, with special reference to the factors controlling nectar secretion, the harvesting of nectar, and its conveyance to the hive: The principal changes that take place during conversion of nectar into ripe honey and the means whereby these changes are brought about: Honey substances, honey granulation, and the uses of honey:
Beeswax, with special reference to the methods of production, including mechanical processes, and the tools used by bees in its production: The recovery of beeswax from bee combs: New Zealand Standard Specifications: The uses of beeswax.
(8) The plants which constitute the main sources of nectar and pollen in New Zealand, their flowering periods, and the characteristics of honey produced from them:
Elementary knowledge of the main genera significant to beekeeping in the following botanical families:
Oral and Practical Examination (Stage II)
(9) Handling bees and hive manipulations: Swarming and swarm control: Supering hives: Recognition of bee diseases and treatment.
Entomology (Stage II)
(10) Bees in relation to agriculture and horticulture: Crops that benefit by insect pollinators: Plant factors affecting visitation of honey bees: The colony as a pollinating unit: Behaviour of bees in relation to pollination: Effects of agricultural practices on pollinating insects:
Effects of agricultural chemicals on honey bees.
(11) The diseases of bees with special reference to their symptoms and identification: The life histories of pathogenic organisms significant to beekeeping: The effect of diseases on the economy of the hive: The control of bee diseases: Legislation on bee diseases.
Oral and Practical Examination (Stage III)
(12) Apiary Management—Queen rearing, requeening hives, and introduction of queen bees: Making hive increase: Uniting bees: Apiary diagnosis of bee diseases and their treatment: Feeding bees and feeders: Robbing and prevention: Shifting bees: Methods of avoiding bee stings: The sources of propolis and its use by bees: Taking a crop of honey: Honey packing: Beekeeping equipment: Legislation in relation to beekeeping in New Zealand:
Report on Commercial Apiary—Following an inspection carried out, in the presence of the examiners, of an apiary containing not less than 15 colonies of bees on a commercial site, the candidate will be required to furnish a written report on the general condition of the site, bees, and equipment of the apiary and on any action he may consider necessary to bring the apiary up to normal working standards.
(13) As prescribed in clause 9 of this Schedule.