Certificate III in Permaculture Byron Community College

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Certificate III in Permaculture

Certificate III in Permaculture
Assessments are made against units of competency from the Certificate III in Permaculture AHC33816.
  • Coordinate preparation and storage of permaculture products (AHCPER313)
  • Install structures for permaculture systems (AHCPER310)
  • Maintain integrated plant and animal systems (AHCPER303)
  • Conduct site inspections (AHCWRK311)
  • Install and maintain permaculture water systems (AHCPER309)
  • Select plant and animal species for permaculture systems (AHCPER316)
  • Research and communicate information on permaculture principles and practices (AHCPER301)
  • Prepare raw materials and compost feedstock (AHCPHT307)
  • Plan propagation activities for a permaculture system (AHCPER318)
  • Test, improve and maintain healthy soil in a permaculture system (AHCPER319)
  • Manage plant pests, diseases and disorders in a permaculture system (AHCPER320)
  • Establish an urban permaculture system (AHCPER308)
  • Plan organic garden and orchard systems (AHCPER312)
  • Develop recommendations for integrated plant and animal systems (AHCPER302)
  • Implement crop maintenance and harvesting programs for permaculture systems (AHCPER305)

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

Permaculture skills and knowledge help make our lives, homes and communities more sustainable. Inspired by natural ecosystems, it is a holistic philosophy integrating organic farming, animal systems, natural building, food preservation, systems thinking, community development and more. Permaculture systems are productive, self-managing, have few inputs and no waste.

Byron Region Community College offers the opportunity to immerse yourself in sustainable living in Byron Shire, the green heart of the North Coast. Make like-minded friends as you get the practical experience and confidence you need to transition your life and the lives of others towards a better future.

Certificate III in Permaculture is the “trade equivalent” qualification from the Accredited Permaculture Training Package that prepares you to operate in a skilled and independent manner developing and operating permaculture systems. Byron Region Community College is a registered training organisation offering this course with the support of Mullumbimby Community Garden (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
  • Composting

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

Entry Requirements

  • No previous experience or knowledge is required

Course Duration & Hours

  • 30 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
  • Early Bird Fee: $3,900 (Available until the 16th January 2019)

This course is Austudy Approved. Full time workload would be 20 hours per week for 30 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.

Payment Plan
Course fees are paid in instalments scheduled throughout the duration of the course. Fee schedules for individual courses are outlined on the enrolment paperwork available through the college administration team.

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.

Student Experience Cert III Permaculture

A student experience Tasara Dewhurst

"I participated in the Byron Community College Permablitz course because I saw it as a wonderful opportunity to step into a wholesome world of possibility. I then continued this journey by enrolling in the Cert III in Permaculture. Learning to live off the land gives one a huge sense of power and freedom. We can create our own independent worlds that work in harmony with the earth, instead of against it. The course gave me all this and more. Every day was joyful and abundant in giggles, I met lifelong friends and felt connected to my community.

I now study in Melbourne, and have a cranking garden, where I get the majority of my veggies from, my urban system is admired by all, and has inspired the birth of many others. The knowledge I gained will enrich my life in many ways and I am forever grateful to have had the opportunity through Byron Community College."

“Don't hesitate, you have nothing to lose and a whole lot to gain!”

Tasara is continuing her learning by studying Steiner Education in Melbourne, she has a strong passion to educate children about sustainability and is gaining the skills required to share that knowledge. We wish her all the best in her future studies.

The Byron Centre For Permaculture is a proud member of Permaculture Australia

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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