Certificate IV In Permaculture Byron Community College

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Certificate IV In Permaculture

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)
  • Operate within a budget framework (AHCBUS404)
  • 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)

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

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

AHC42116 – Certificate IV in Permaculture is aimed at people who want to work as project supervisors and designers within permaculture design projects. You will have the opportunity to expand your high-level permaculture design skills and knowledge, working across multi-disciplinary areas with private clients or organisations on urban and rural work sites and in community projects. The course balances theory, practical, structured and self-directed learning; and assessment is undertaken throughout the program through course activities and project work.

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Entry Requirements

This course is aimed at people who have completed either a Certificate III in Permaculture, a Permaculture Design Course (PDC) or possess first-hand permaculture experience.

Course Duration & Hours

  • 36 weeks (no classes during NSW school holidays)
  • Two days a week in class sessions
  • Delivery location: Mullumbimby Campus
  • There are practical work components undertaken at established permaculture properties as part of this course, as well as excursions

Course Fees

  • Smart & Skilled Scholarship: $0
  • Smart & Skilled Concession: $240
  • Smart & Skilled Full Fee: $2,770
  • Standard Concession fee: $6,600
  • Standard Full fee: $6,900

This course is Austudy Approved. Full time workload would be 20 hours per week for 36 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 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

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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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