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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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Introduction to Permaculture

Introduction to Permaculture

This short course is aimed at unemployed or underemployed young adults and school leavers who left early or are on a gap year, but all adult learners are welcome. Held in Mullumbimby this course introduces the basic skills and concepts that underpin successful permaculture practice. You will learn about: • The ethics and design principles behind Permaculture • Permaculture site assessment and design techniques • How to successfully catch and store water • Soil health and plant... [More]
Assessments are made against units of competency from the Certificate I in Skills for Vocational Pathways FSK10213.
  • Use oral communication skills for effective workplace presentations (FSKOCM05)
  • Use digital technology for simple workplace tasks (FSKDIG02)
  • Read and respond to simple workplace information (FSKRDG07)

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

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. Past Student Feedback “Course covered all the advertised... [More]
$90 Limited inc GST / $81
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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If there isn't a class to suit you, please the waiting list.

Group Design Project - PDC core module

Group Design Project - PDC core module

This course is for students completing the Permaculture Design Course only. You must complete all the other PDC modules before you can enrol in this subject. [More]
$99 Limited inc GST / $89
Group Design Project - PDC core module

This course is for students completing the Permaculture Design Course only. You must complete all the other PDC modules before you can enrol in this subject.

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

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]
$109 Limited inc GST / $98
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.

Individual Project Design Workshop - PDC core module

Individual Project Design Workshop - PDC core module

This course is for students completing the Permaculture Design Course only. You must complete all the other PDC modules before you can enrol in this subject. [More]
$99 Limited inc GST / $89
Individual Project Design Workshop - PDC core module

This course is for students completing the Permaculture Design Course only. You must complete all the other PDC modules before you can enrol in this subject.

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

Weeds, Pests and Diseases in the Garden - PDC Module K

Weeds, Pests and Diseases in the Garden - PDC Module K

Learn to identify and control a range of common weeds, pests and diseases of food crops through holistic, ecologically sensitive management techniques. This course will build an appreciation of the importance of soil management to nurture crop health for natural pest and disease resistance. What to bring Pen and paper 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... [More]
$99 Limited inc GST / $89
Weeds, Pests and Diseases in the Garden - PDC Module K

<p>Learn to identify and control a range of common weeds, pests and diseases of food crops through holistic, ecologically sensitive management techniques. This course will build an appreciation of the

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

Design Project Presentations, Locavore Feast and Celebration - PDC core module

Design Project Presentations, Locavore Feast and Celebration - PDC core module

This course is for students completing the Permaculture Design Course only. You must complete all the other PDC modules before you can enrol in this subject. Past Student Feedback “We could review all the course content today, exchange learnings, ideas and experiences,” Flavia Renata Assuncao. [More]
$99 Limited inc GST / $89
Design Project Presentations, Locavore Feast and Celebration - PDC core module

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Certificate III Permaculture

Certificate III Permaculture

The AHC33815 Certificate III in Permaculture is a hands-on Nationally Accredited qualification providing the essential knowledge and skills for those seeking employment in the permaculture field. It goes deeper into permaculture principles and practices giving participants the confidence to develop and maintain effective permaculture systems. Permaculture skills and knowledge help make our lives, homes and communities more sustainable. Inspired by natural ecosystems, it is a... [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>The AHC33815 Certificate III in Permaculture is a hands-on Nationally Accredited qualification providing the essential knowledge and skills for those seeking employment in the permaculture field.

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Certificate IV In Permaculture

Certificate IV In Permaculture

The AHC42116 Certificate IV in Permaculture equips students with the design, implementation and management skills required for designing urban and rural permaculture systems, supervising the implementation of permaculture works and managing community permaculture projects. Certificate IV in permaculture is the advanced permaculture trade certificate. It focuses on the skills and knowledge necessary to: design urban and rural permaculture systems, develop community programs and work... [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>The AHC42116 Certificate IV in Permaculture equips students with the design, implementation and management skills required for designing urban and rural permaculture systems, supervising the

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Certificate III in Horticulture

Certificate III in Horticulture

Do you enjoy working outdoors and have a keen interest in plants? If so, horticulture is a diverse industry which could prepare you for work with nurseries, landscaping, local councils and government authorities. It is also ideal if you are considering self-employment, growing your own food or for clients; and with more and more people either not having the time, the interest or the skills to maintain a garden, these skills are likely to grow in demand. About The training program... [More]
Assessments are made against units of competency from the Certificate III in Horticulture AHC30716.
  • Implement soil improvements for garden and turf areas (AHCSOL303)
  • Coordinate work site activities (AHCWRK305)
  • Implement a plant establishment program (AHCPGD301)
  • Prepare growing media (AHCSOL301)
  • Perform pruning operations (AHCARB303)
  • Provide information on plants and their culture (AHCPCM302)
  • Conduct site inspections (AHCWRK311)
  • Control plant pests, diseases and disorders (AHCPMG302)
  • Contribute to work health and safety processes (AHCWHS301)
  • Install pressurised irrigation systems (AHCIRG331)
  • Control weeds (AHCPMG301)
  • Maintain nursery plants (AHCNSY301)
  • Implement a propagation plan (AHCNSY306)
  • Operate machinery and equipment (AHCMOM304)
  • Perform specialist amenity pruning (AHCPGD303)
  • Identify plant specimens (AHCPCM303)
  • Use routine maps and plans for work (FSKNUM17)
Certificate III in Horticulture

<p>Do you enjoy working outdoors and have a keen interest in plants? If so, horticulture is a diverse industry which could prepare you for work with nurseries, landscaping, local councils and

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

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