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Permaculture courses available in Byron Bay and Mullumbimby

Immerse yourself in sustainability, ecology and ethical living through our hands-on Permaculture courses and certificates.

Studying permaculture will give you the tools to design the integrated systems that can provide sustainable food, energy and shelter for communities.

Officially endorsed by National Regulatory bodies, our hands-on training programs, workshops and certificate courses cover the skills needed to create a more sustainable and integrated way of living. You’ll learn about design and management with experienced tutors in real permaculture projects in the Byron area.

We offer a range of permaculture courses to suit your interests and goals. These can create opportunities for you to transform a local space, progress onto further sustainability study and secure relevant employment, including in the Byron area.

The Byron College of Permaculture offers:

• Certificate III in Permaculture
• Certificate IV in Permaculture
• Permaculture Design Courses (PDC)
• The Business of Permaculture
• Sustainability courses

Learn more about these courses below.

Student Experience Cert III Permaculture

A student experience Tasara Dewhurst

"I participated in the Byron Community College Permablitz 2014 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 Community College is a proud member of Permaculture Australia

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Certificate III in Permaculture

Certificate III in Permaculture

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... [More]
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)
Certificate III in Permaculture

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Certificate IV In Permaculture

Certificate IV In Permaculture

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. Develop your permaculture design, implementation and management skills, and learn how to manage sustainable community permaculture projects in our Certificate IV in Permaculture course. This course provides skills training for people involved in or wanting to establish an enterprise or small business,... [More]
Assessments are made against units of competency from the Certificate IV in Permaculture AHC42116.
  • Plan and implement permaculture works (AHCPER404)
  • Select appropriate technology for a permaculture system (AHCPER405)
  • Evaluate suitability of species as solutions for permaculture applications (AHCPER413)
  • Design an urban permaculture system (AHCPER403)
  • Manage a permaculture seed bank (AHCPER409)
  • Design harvesting and storage systems for permaculture products (AHCPER407)
  • Operate within a budget framework (AHCBUS404)
  • Recommend approaches for sustainable community and bioregional development (AHCPER410)
  • Provide advice on permaculture principles and practices (AHCPER401)
  • Develop community networks (AHCCCF405)
  • Identify and analyse bioregional characteristics and resources (AHCPER406)
  • Manage organic soil improvement (AHCORG403)
Certificate IV In Permaculture

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Native Bees Introduction

Native Bees Introduction

Keeping native bees is easy! They are harmless, effective pollinators, which is what makes them a popular addition to many Australian gardens. During this workshop you will learn about native bee biology, husbandry, lifecycle and habits. So whether you are interested in keeping them for honey or conservation these little bees make a great addition to any backyard. In this course you will learn about: Native social and solitary bees Lifecycle and habits interaction within society... [More]
$99 Limited inc GST / $89
Native Bees Introduction

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Growing Herbs At Home

Growing Herbs At Home

Growing your own herbs is a fun and easy way to ensure you have just what you need to add extra flavour and nutrients to your dishes. Even though they are easy to grow, there are certain growing techniques best used in our sub-tropical climate. After 23 years of propagating and selling herbs at Byron Bay Herb Nursery, Deb shares a few tips for local production so you can enjoy an all year round, productive and attractive herb garden. Location is wheelchair accessible. Additional... [More]
$59 Limited inc GST / $53
Growing Herbs At Home

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Permaculture Design Course (PDC) 1

Permaculture Design Course (PDC) 1

Follow your passion and immerse yourself in this Modular Permaculture Design Course in the Beautiful Byron Shire. In this hands-on course you will discover how Permaculture principles can develop resilient systems, contributing to environmental, social and personal well-being. Through gaining a clear understanding of these principles you will be able to apply them to your everyday life and surroundings – from a small home garden to commercial production. You will learn how to... [More]
Assessments are made against units of competency.
  • Use strategies to plan simple workplace tasks (FSKLRG05)
  • Read and respond to simple workplace information (FSKRDG07)
  • Use digital technology for simple workplace tasks (FSKDIG02)
  • Write simple workplace information (FSKWTG06)
  • Use oral communication skills for effective workplace presentations (FSKOCM05)
Permaculture Design Course (PDC) 1

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STOP! If you live or work in NSW do not enrol online! We have NSW Government subsidised places available for $999 for this course, please call 02 6684 3374 for details.

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Permaculture Ethics, Principles And Patterns - PDC Module A

Permaculture Ethics, Principles And Patterns - PDC Module A

What is permaculture and why is it relevant to our world today? How can I integrate the ethics and principles of Permaculture in my daily life? In this module we will explore the foundations of Permaculture, where ecological understanding meets modern design and where science meets the arts and traditional knowledge systems. Learn about the underlying patterns in nature and how comprehending and working with them can support you to live a richer, more easeful life. Topics covered... [More]
$99 Limited inc GST / $89
Permaculture Ethics, Principles And Patterns - PDC Module A

<p>What is permaculture and why is it relevant to our world today? How can I integrate the ethics and principles of Permaculture in my daily life? In this module we will explore the foundations of

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Plant Propagation And Seed Saving - PDC Module B

Plant Propagation And Seed Saving - PDC Module B

Explore a range of simple plant propagation techniques including cuttings, root division and seed raising to allow you to grow a range of plants for your garden in a simple and cost effective manner. Learn a range of seed saving and storage techniques that empower you to secure the great diversity of food varieties on our planet. Discover how you can develop and evolve varieties of food plants that will have optimum productivity in the unique conditions of your own home garden.... [More]
$99 Limited inc GST / $89
Plant Propagation And Seed Saving - PDC Module B

<p>Explore a range of simple plant propagation techniques including cuttings, root division and seed raising to allow you to grow a range of plants for your garden in a simple and cost effective

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Introduction To Permaculture Design - PDC Module C

Introduction To Permaculture Design - PDC Module C

The fundamentals of Permaculture design theory and practice. Explore how the elements of nature – earth, water, air and fire – define the unique conditions and opportunities of any site. Learn how to analyse and map these powerful forces to support you to work with, rather than against them to achieve your lifestyle and production goals. Topics covered include: Introduction To Permaculture Design Comprehend Zones and Energy Flows Interpret and Complete a Sector Analysis... [More]
$99 Limited inc GST / $89
Introduction To Permaculture Design - PDC Module C

<p>The fundamentals of Permaculture design theory and practice. Explore how the elements of nature – earth, water, air and fire – define the unique conditions and opportunities of any site. Learn how

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Soils - Organic Management - PDC Module D

Soils - Organic Management - PDC Module D

Get to know your own soil – what is it made of, what will grow well in it and how you can improve your soil to make the most of what it has to offer. Delve into the world of compost, soil nutrition and microbiology as we explore some of the myriad of ways you can build a healthy, fertile, robust soil through organic practices that will help you to grow food packed full of life force. What is Soil Processes of Soil Formation Soil Profiles Australian Soils in Global Context – local... [More]
$99 Limited inc GST / $89
Soils - Organic Management - PDC Module D

<p>Get to know your own soil – what is it made of, what will grow well in it and how you can improve your soil to make the most of what it has to offer. Delve into the world of compost, soil nutrition

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Trees and Perennial Crops - Creating Food Forests - PDC Module E

Trees and Perennial Crops - Creating Food Forests - PDC Module E

Learn how to design, establish and care for your own diverse, tree based food production system in a low maintenance fashion that works with natures fundamental processes of land and soil repair. Discover a huge array of fruit and nut trees from around the world that thrive in our warm, subtropical climate including indigenous bush foods. Topics covered include: Characteristics and Functions of Trees Ecological Succession – a template for earth repair Plant Stacking/Guilds... [More]
$99 Limited inc GST / $89
Trees and Perennial Crops - Creating Food Forests - PDC Module E

<p>Learn how to design, establish and care for your own diverse, tree based food production system in a low maintenance fashion that works with natures fundamental processes of land and soil repair.

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