Certificate III Permaculture Byron Community College

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Certificate III Permaculture

Certificate III Permaculture
Assessments are made against units of competency from the Certificate III in Permaculture AHC33816.
  • Implement crop maintenance and harvesting programs for permaculture systems (AHCPER305)
  • Install and maintain permaculture water systems (AHCPER309)
  • Research and communicate information on permaculture principles and practices (AHCPER301)
  • Select plant and animal species for permaculture systems (AHCPER316)
  • Plan organic garden and orchard systems (AHCPER312)
  • Maintain integrated plant and animal systems (AHCPER303)
  • Develop recommendations for integrated plant and animal systems (AHCPER302)
  • Install structures for permaculture systems (AHCPER310)
  • Conduct site inspections (AHCWRK311)
  • Establish an urban permaculture system (AHCPER308)
  • Monitor weather conditions (AHCWRK302)
  • Test, improve and maintain healthy soil in a permaculture system (AHCPER319)
  • Manage plant pests, diseases and disorders in a permaculture system (AHCPER320)
  • Read and interpret property maps and plans (AHCPER314)
  • Coordinate preparation and storage of permaculture products (AHCPER313)

This course has no current classes. Please the waiting list.

Explore sustainable living through a practical, hands-on study of permaculture.

Our Certificate III in Permaculture provides all the essential knowledge required to seek employment in permaculture. Dive into a rich study of sustainability and discover highly-productive, self-managing systems that require few inputs and produce no waste.

Meet like-minded individuals, engage in real-life permaculture projects in Byron Bay and learn how to design integrated systems for improved sustainability.
A nationally-recognised ‘trade equivalent’ qualification, you’ll learn about a wide range of sustainability subjects, including:

• organic farming
• animal systems
• natural building
• food preservation
• community development

Entry Requirements

  • No previous experience or knowledge is required

Course Duration & Hours

  • 29 Weeks Duration (no classes during NSW school holidays).
  • Two days a week in class sessions: 9.00 am – 3.30pm
  • There are practical work components undertaken at established permaculture properties as part of this course, as well as excursions
  • Held at the Mullumbimby Campus and Mullumbimby Community Gardens

Course Fees

  • Smart & Skilled Scholarship: $0
  • Smart & Skilled Concession: $240
  • Smart & Skilled Full Fee: $880
  • Standard Concession fee: $4,100
  • Standard Full fee: $4,300

This course is Austudy Approved. Full time workload would be 22 hours per week for 29 weeks.
Smart and Skilled funded places may be available for these qualifications – please call the college for more information on 02 6684 3374

Subsidised Training under Smart and Skilled

This course is being offered as a subsidised course to eligible students under the NSW Government Smart and Skilled program. Smart and Skilled is a reform of the NSW Vocational Education and Training (VET) system. It’s helping people in NSW get the skills they need to find a job and advance their careers. Many of our full qualifications have full or part fee subsidies available for eligible students.

To apply for a Smart and Skilled Fee-Free Scholarship place you must:

  • Be an Australian citizen or hold a permanent residency or humanitarian visa status
  • Live or work in New South Wales
  • Be aged between 15-30 years of age
  • Provide evidence of your concession-eligibility

To apply for a Smart and Skilled Concession (S&S Concession) place you must:

  • Be an Australian citizen or hold a permanent residency or humanitarian visa status
  • Live or work in New South Wales
  • Provide evidence of your concession-eligibility

To apply for a Smart and Skilled Full Fee (S&S Full Fee) place you must:

  • Be an Australian citizen or hold a permanent residency or humanitarian visa status
  • Live or work in New South Wales

Applications for these subsidised* places are limited so a funded place cannot be guaranteed.

You Will Learn

  • Organic gardening
  • Orchards and food forests
  • Cooking and permaculture products
  • Integrated plant and animal systems
  • Permaculture principles and ethics
  • Water systems
  • Design for different climates
  • Design process
  • Urban & rural permaculture
  • Community systems
  • Chem-free bush regeneration
  • Working with clients
  • Seed saving and propagation
  • Compost and soil building

Your Learning Experience

Permaculture Certificate III includes the following permaculture toolkit:

Site assessment and establishment

  • Reading the landscape and using maps
  • Establishing rural permaculture systems
  • Planning and design of food forests, orchards and windbreaks
  • Ecological restoration and bushfoods
  • Integrated plant and animal systems
  • Urban permablitz and retrofit
  • Building permaculture structures

Permaculture gardening systems

  • Crop planning, maintenance and harvesting
  • Soil health and soil types
  • Composting, worms and compost teas
  • Plant ID, basic botany and plant health
  • Irrigation systems
  • Integrated pest management
  • Working with weeds
  • Animal systems
  • Prepare permaculture products

Community projects and professional permaculture

  • Coordinate community projects
  • Working with clients/contractors
  • Occupational health and safety
  • Giving recommendations to clients

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

Student Policies and Procedures

See Student Handbook


From the 1st of January 2015, any student enrolling in an Accredited Training course will be required to obtain a USI. The USI helps to keep your training records and results together in an online account which is controlled by you. You can logon to the USI website and follow the simple instructions online to create your USI. This then needs to be provided to the College at the time of enrolment.

Important Information

Once your enrolment is completed you will receive a confirmation email. This email will be your receipt and inform you of the dates, time and venue of your course, it will also let you know of anything you need to take to class with you. Please make sure that you give us a valid email address and mobile number as any course changes will be communicated via sms or email.

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