AHC42116 - Certificate IV in Permaculture Byron Community College

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AHC42116 - Certificate IV in Permaculture

AHC42116 - Certificate IV in Permaculture
Assessments are made against units of competency from the Certificate IV in Permaculture AHC42116.
  • Identify and analyse bioregional characteristics and resources (AHCPER406)
  • Evaluate suitability of species as solutions for permaculture applications (AHCPER413)
  • Select appropriate technology for a permaculture system (AHCPER405)
  • Provide advice on permaculture principles and practices (AHCPER401)
  • Plan and implement permaculture works (AHCPER404)
  • Manage organic soil improvement (AHCORG403)
  • Recommend approaches for sustainable community and bioregional development (AHCPER410)
  • Design harvesting and storage systems for permaculture products (AHCPER407)
  • Design an urban permaculture system (AHCPER403)
  • Manage a permaculture seed bank (AHCPER409)
  • Operate within a sustainable community and bioregional development program (AHCPER411)
  • Cost a project (AHCBUS402)

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
  • Selecting appropriate technology and evaluating suitability of species for permaculture applications

Entry Requirements

There are no formal entry requirements for this qualification.

Admission / Desirable Requirements

When studying with Byron Community College, we want you to succeed. Entry requirements allow us to ensure you have the pre-existing knowledge and skills required to complete your qualification. This course involves reading and undertaking a range of written assessments.

  • Learners are required to hold a Certificate III in Permaculture, have completed a PDC (Permaculture Design Course), or have a strong background in permaculture.
  • Learners must be available for a three day intensive permaculture fundamentals course, which will be held in week 1 of the course at Djanbung Gardens, Nimbin.

A full list of admission / desirable requirements is available in the course Information Pack, please call or email the college for details.

Course Duration & Hours

  • 38 week duration
  • Day 1 will be a half day orientation at the College
  • Classes are delivered face to face
  • Two days of classroom and onsite learning 9:00am – 3:30pm per week
  • Three day intensive permaculture fundamentals at Djanbung Gardens at the commencement of the course
  • One day home study per week
  • 30 hours volunteer placement on a community-based program (from Term 3)
  • 15 hours minimum self-paced or project based learning
  • Practical work components undertaken at external properties, as well as excursions
  • Delivery location: Mullumbimby Campus
  • There will be no classes during the NSW school holidays
  • Full time workload would be 20 hours per week for 38 weeks

Course Fees

  • Smart and Skilled Fee-Free Scholarship – $0
  • Smart and Skilled Concession fee – $240
  • Smart and Skilled Fee (No Prior Qualification) – $2,770
  • Smart and Skilled Fee (2nd Qualification) - $3,240
  • Full fee: $6,900
  • Concession: $6,600
  • Early Bird: $6,400 (deposit to be received by Friday 17th January 2020)
  • This training is subsidised by the NSW government

This course is Austudy Approved.

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 Story

Lauren O’Reilly Permaculture Project at RSL LIfe Care Complex

Lauren O’Reilly undertook the Certificate IV in Permaculture at Byron Community College in 2017. As part of the Certificate IV course Lauren was required to undertake practical design and implementation projects, one of which was the RSL Life Care complex located in Suffolk Park, Byron Bay.

This project was funded by the Maggie Beer Wellbeing Gardens Program, an initiative started in 2015 to incorporate gardens in to aged care facilities across Victoria and has now extended to other states. “The garden at the RSL had two objectives; To create a well-being garden that created a meaningful activity for the residents that wanted to be involved and in turn providing fresh fruits and vegetables for them” says Lauren.

Lauren reports that getting the residents involved was the best part. "One of the residents was quite physically abled and bored so he got very involved, helping plant seedlings and seeds as well as mulch. His grandson came to visit in the middle of it and they mulched the seedlings together which was really nice."

Lauren runs her permaculture design and gardening business, Free Range Change in the Byron Bay region. "I’ve done a few different things with the business, orchard restoration, garden maintenance and teaching on a PDC. I want to encourage people to get into their own gardens. We all need to make change so it’s about showing people that change can be fun and creative and individual."

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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