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Sustainable Living courses available in Byron Bay and Mullumbimby

We have a great range of sustainability short courses and workshops on offer ranging from beekeeping, backyard chooks, aquaponics, organic vegetable gardening and bush regeneration to green cleaning, fibre craft and energy efficient house design. Our courses and workshops show you practical and affordable ways to help reduce your footprint on the planet. We offer the Permaculture Design Course and accredited qualifications in Permaculture.

Come and learn Sustainable Living skills with us at Byron Community College. See what’s on offer at our Mullumbimby and Byron Bay campuses below.

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Certificate III Permaculture

Certificate III Permaculture

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... [More]
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)
Certificate III Permaculture

<p>Explore sustainable living through a practical, hands-on study of permaculture.</p><p>Our Certificate III in Permaculture provides all the essential knowledge required to seek employment in

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Certificate IV In Permaculture

Certificate IV In Permaculture

Develop your permaculture design, implementation and management skills, and learn how to manage sustainable community permaculture projects in our Certificate IV in Permaculture course. By successfully completing this nationally-recognised course, you’ll gain the advanced permaculture trade certificate. Studying in the Byron Bay area, you’ll also immerse in sustainable living and organic farming practices right in the green heart of Northern NSW. This advanced course enables... [More]
Assessments are made against units of competency from the Certificate IV in Permaculture AHC42116.
  • Manage a permaculture seed bank (AHCPER409)
  • Recommend approaches for sustainable community and bioregional development (AHCPER410)
  • Operate within a budget framework (AHCBUS404)
  • Evaluate suitability of species as solutions for permaculture applications (AHCPER413)
  • Plan and implement permaculture works (AHCPER404)
  • Provide advice on permaculture principles and practices (AHCPER401)
  • Develop community networks (AHCCCF405)
  • Identify and analyse bioregional characteristics and resources (AHCPER406)
  • Select appropriate technology for a permaculture system (AHCPER405)
  • Design an urban permaculture system (AHCPER403)
  • Design harvesting and storage systems for permaculture products (AHCPER407)
  • Implement and monitor animal health and welfare programs for a permaculture system (AHCPER408)
Certificate IV In Permaculture

<p>Develop your permaculture design, implementation and management skills, and learn how to manage sustainable community permaculture projects in our Certificate IV in Permaculture course. </p><p>By

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Secondary Dwelling Designs

Secondary Dwelling Designs

This course will teach you what to consider when designing a secondary dwelling for your backyard or property. Including the legal ins and outs of town planning in relation to placement, size and privacy etc. We will also cover some of the different new eco-friendly materials and products available. What to bring Note book and pen Feedback from Past Students “Great information very relevant.” Kristan Burnnand Important information Once your enrolment is completed you will receive a... [More]
$112 Limited inc GST / $¤,101
Secondary Dwelling Designs

<p>This course will teach you what to consider when designing a secondary dwelling for your backyard or property. Including the legal ins and outs of town planning in relation to placement, size and

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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)
$1,400 Limited GST free
Permaculture Design Course (PDC) 1

<p>{image name:“GreenDressRosemary”} {image name:“ThreeGuysPDC”} {image name:“Polytunnel”}</p><p>Follow your passion and immerse yourself in this Modular Permaculture Design Course in the Beautiful

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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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Beekeeping -  An Introduction

Beekeeping - An Introduction

This workshop introduces potential bee keepers to the delight and fascination of this rewarding hobby. The session covers safety, myth busting, hands-on bee keeping (Ben will bring along a beehive), legal requirements and the most important thing – how to get started! Please wear a broad brimmed hat, long sleeved shirt with a collar, long trousers, shoes and socks as you will get to handle the bees if you would like to. What to bring Pen and paper Bring your own lunch Please wear a... [More]
$113 Limited inc GST / $¤,102
Beekeeping - An Introduction

<p>This workshop introduces potential bee keepers to the delight and fascination of this rewarding hobby. The session covers safety, myth busting, hands-on bee keeping (Ben will bring along a beehive

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If there isn't a class to suit you, please the waiting list.

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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Vegan Nut Cheeses and Milk

Vegan Nut Cheeses and Milk

Learn the creative art of making tasty cheese without dairy – its easier than you think! We will make a spreadable cheese, a bechamel cheesy pasta sauce, parmesan and a feta style cheese as well as almond milk, and an almond flour. Discover how to add different flavours to your cheeses using cashews, walnuts, almonds, macadamias, Brazil nuts and seeds. We will sample what we make during the day and take home goodies too. What to bring 3 × 500ml jam jars with lids 3 × 250ml... [More]
$105 Limited inc GST / $¤94
Vegan Nut Cheeses and Milk

<p>Learn the creative art of making tasty cheese without dairy – its easier than you think! We will make a spreadable cheese, a bechamel cheesy pasta sauce, parmesan and a feta style cheese as well

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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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If there isn't a class to suit you, please the waiting list.

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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