AHC42116 – Certificate IV in Permaculture

AHC42116 – Certificate IV in Permaculture

Grow your permaculture know-how into a richly rewarding career and immerse yourself in sustainable living and organic farming practices, right in the green heart of Northern NSW.

This course is designed to expand your permaculture knowledge and skills to acquire the resilience to adapt to a rapidly changing world. At the end of this course you will be qualified to work as a project supervisor and designer for permaculture design projects. Your new found expertise will also open the door to other wide ranging career paths such as working in community development locally and internationally, aid projects, integrated food production or design for sustainable living. The program balances theory, practical, structured and self-directed learning with assessments throughout the course designed to navigate your progress.

The course will kick-off with half day college orientation (Wed), followed by a 3-day (Thurs-Sat) intensive course conducted at Djanbung Gardens, Nimbin, as a residential immersion experience. From week 2 the course will be held on Thursdays and Fridays at the Mullumbimby campus.

You Will Learn:

Organic soil improvement
Planning and implementing permaculture works
Harvest and storage systems
Management of permaculture seed banks
Approaches to sustainable community and bioregional development programs
Costing a project


Three day intensive permaculture fundamentals at Djanbung Gardens at beginning of course, followed by

Thursdays and Fridays 9am to 3.30pm
No classes over school holidays

This course is Austudy Approved.

Smart and Skilled funded places may be available for this qualifications – please call the college for more information on 02 6684 3374

RTO NO:90013

AHC33816 – Certificate III in Permaculture

AHC33816 – Certificate III in Permaculture

Are you interested in learning permaculture skills to help make lives, homes and communities more sustainable? We offer the opportunity to immerse yourself in sustainable living in the Byron Shire, the green heart of the North Coast. Make like-minded friends in this highly practical course as you gain experience and confidence to transition your life and the lives of others towards a better future.

You will learn and be inspired by natural ecosystems, holistic philosophy integrating organic farming, animal systems, natural building, food preservation, systems thinking, community development and more. This course is the ‘trade equivalent’ qualification that prepares you to operate in a skilled and independent manner developing and operating permaculture systems.

The course will combine time in the classroom and out onsite at our purpose designed 1-acre permaculture site located at Mullumbimby Community Gardens (MCG) for hands-on experience.
During the course, you will be required to participate in weekly or fortnightly practical work at the MCG. Maintenance tasks include chicken care, watering seedlings and beds, turning compost and maintaining paths.

Byron Region Community College is a registered training organisation offering this course with the support of Mullumbimby Community Gardens (MCG) and Permaculture Australia.

You Will Learn:

Permaculture Principles and ethics
Integrated plant and animal systems
Seed saving and propagation
Establishment of urban permaculture systems
Planning and design of food forests and orchards
Building and installation of permaculture structures
Crop planning, maintenance, harvesting and cooking
Installation and maintenance of permaculture water systems
Plant, pest and disease management
Landscape and map interpretation
Soil health and soil types

Career and Employment Opportunities Include:

Urban and rural property design and implementation supervision
Permaculture and environmental information services
Development and management of sustainable land-use systems
Environmental management and community development programs
Education and training in permaculture and environmental management
Facilitation and coordination services
Eco-tourism enterprises and operations


Tuesdays and Wednesdays 9am to 3.30pm
No classes over school holidays

This course is Austudy Approved.

Smart and Skilled funded places may be available for this qualifications – please call the college for more information on 02 6684 3374

RTO NO:90013

How is Permaculture education making a difference?

Permaculture Australia’s Education Team has designed a survey to ask which permaculture courses people have done, are doing or would like to do in the future.

The survey also asks what other studies you’ve undertaken, other qualifications gained and how permaculture education has influenced your career pathway.

Perhaps you may be interested in gaining more permaculture qualifications as part of your professional development or having your experience in permaculture formally recognised?

Details received will help the Education team identify the demand for different levels of permaculture education and advocate to education providers to meet this demand.

Your contribution will help the Education team build an evidence base to support the growth of permaculture education offerings nationally.

Your responses will only be used for the above purposes and all efforts will be taken to ensure your anonymity.

You are most welcome to forward this survey to colleagues in your networks within Australia.

The survey will take just 10-15 minutes of your valuable time to complete and can be found at this link:

Permaculture Education Survey


Please submit your answers by November 30, 2019.


An overview of permaculture education options

Diploma class field trip from Boyup Brook to Albany

Ross Mars’ Candlelight Farm near Perth, Western Australia has had a healthy uptake of students for Cert III and Diploma of Permaculture courses.  The 12-month Diploma course has 4 enrolled students who meet with their lecturers for one weekend a month.
Recently the students and lecturers spent a weekend away from the classroom and took a 2-day field trip into the south west of Western Australia.
The purpose of the field trip was to examine the rural property in Boyup Brook that the students will be doing a design and report for plus to visit two community gardens in Albany to provide them with design ideas and assistance.
On day one, some of the students and lecturers travelled south from Perth in Ross’s ute while other students from the south west made their way to the first meeting point in Boyup Brook. This is teacher Lisa’s field trip report.
“We arrived around midday after a 3-hour trip and proceeded to stretch our legs with a walk around the large water reservoir on the property.
This was followed by an amazing lunch of chicken wings, cooked on the smoker, with an array of salads prepared by the owners of the rural property.
Following lunch, we walked the rest of the property to get a feel for the land, examining the existing vegetation and rocky outcrops and observed water movement across the property.

Students inspecting the property to observe its features

Seated in camping chairs we did some classroom work, interviewing the owners of the property to learn of their hopes and dreams for the development of the land.
Dinner that night was another amazing meal, a slow cooked casserole with meat and seasonal vegetables. The night finished with star gazing around a campfire whilst discussing all the permaculture possibilities for our hosts’ stunning hillside property.
On day two we traveled in convoy from Boyup Brook inland south to Albany to visit the first of the community gardens, the Rainbow Coast Community Garden, where we met with one of the garden founders and had a tour of the grounds.
Next, we went to the Good Life Community garden in Albany and toured the gardens with one of our group, who was a founder.
The Diploma students will have an opportunity to create designs for the undeveloped parts of this community garden. Their design will include an extended chook run and orchard zone.
We then visited a suburban permaculture garden and were amazed at the diversity of both plant and animal species in this modest-sized backyard.  Lunch was harvested from the garden. This time fish plus an array of vegetables and edible flowers and we enjoyed another amazing feast.

Fresh from the garden

After lunch we parted company and began the 4.5-hour drive back to Perth.”
The students will be reflecting on their experiences and incorporating their field trip observations into their Diploma assignments. A fun (and delicious) way to learn!
Story by Lisa Passmore of  INSPIRED BY NATURE landscape design
For more information please contact the PA Education team. education@permacultureaustralia.org.au

Permaculture Demonstrator Skill Set online

Permaculture is about growing food, how we live, the type of houses we build, ways in which we can live more sustainably, working with others in our community and how we deal with water, energy, soil and living things.
Permaculture is seen by many people as providing strategies to enable us to adapt to a challenging future, as it provides the framework to give people hope and empowerment and enable them to develop skills to allow us to rise to the challenges of a changing world.
Accredited Permaculture Training (APT) courses are now available for schools and local communities. Certificate I and Certificate II have been developed with VET (Vocational Education and Training) in schools as the focus.
These courses are ideally suited to Year 10-12 students, with Certificate I appropriate for students with special needs and learning difficulties.
The Certificate I and Certificate II courses are very practical and students learn about propagation, pest control, irrigation, construction, soils, organic crops, re-vegetation, plant and animals systems as well as work safety and maintaining the workplace.
Community members who hold a Certificate IV in Training and Assessment can deliver these courses too, so accredited permaculture training is ideal for workers in city farms, organic co-operatives, community gardens and for people involved in the permaculture industry in some way.
School teachers or community members who have done a Permaculture Design Course (PDC) are qualified to deliver Certificate I and Certificate II, but there is also the option of doing the Permaculture Demonstrator Skill Set which involves 4 units from Certificate III to provide some good background knowledge and skills for delivery of permaculture training. These units provide enough background on permaculture ethics, principles and practices and hands-on skills, to enable teachers to plan permaculture projects in their school grounds.

You can register your interest by contacting Skills Strategies International or enroll directly online.
Skills Strategies International is a Perth-based training organisation but students from anywhere in Australia can enroll. The Permaculture Demonstrator Skill Set will typically take 3 to 4 months of part-time online work.
For more information contact Skills Strategies International   Ph: (08) 6143 2180
Article by Dr Ross Mars