As well as supporting experienced beekeepers, Newbattle Beekeepers Association (NBA) operates with a strong emphasis on supporting new beekeepers to become certified Scottish Beekeeping Association (SBA) Basic Beekeepers following a full-year training programme of caring for and maintaining an allocated hive.
The NBA launched in the grounds of Newbattle Abbey College (NBAC) in 2013 with the 4 members of the Lamancha Beekeepers Association, established in 2010, and formerly based at Lamancha Organic Farm near West Linton. Through dedication of its initial membership, the NBA has grown to 46 adult members and 6 juniors, and has become a leading Scottish beekeeping association in the field of education for new beekeepers. Participants join through referral, or from having completed the introduction to beekeeping classes sponsored by and held at NBAC, and delivered each year over a 6 weeks' period in late Spring and Autumn.
The one-year learning programme has led to 53 adult members and 6 juniors achieving distinction level passes of the SBA Basic Beekeepers' Exam (BBE) since 2010. In 2015 the first 2 juniors, then aged 10 and 12, were the first juniors in Scotland to achieve certification.