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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 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)

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Organic Soil Management - PDC Module G

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]
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Integrating Trees into Food Production Systems : 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]
Integrating Trees into Food Production Systems : Creating Food Forests - PDC Module E
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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)
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Water Systems in Your Garden - PDC Module F

Learn how to work with water in the landscape, exploring theoretical and practical examples of water harvesting, catching, storing and irrigation – changing our mindset from draining to ‘sponging’ water INTO the landscape. We will investigate and visit a range of local and global examples of swales, keylines, earthworks, wicking beds, dams, aquaponics and water biofiltration methods. Permaculture Design Course This course module is one of 13 which make up the internationally... [More]
Water Systems in Your Garden - PDC Module F
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Integrated Animal Production Systems - PDC Module H

Learn how to incorporate animals into the design of your garden or food production system to increase its overall abundance, simplify management and optimise the health and productivity of your chickens, cows and other animals. This workshop includes a field trip exploring local animal production systems where we can experience successful integrative animal systems that can be implemented at various scales from the backyard to commercial. Topics covered include: Integration not... [More]
Integrated Animal Production Systems - PDC Module H
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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]
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Sustainable Housing and Appropriate Technology - PDC Module I

Explore some of the latest innovations in green building techniques and materials, site layout, biophilic design, home ecology, house and village design – including Tiny Houses. Learn how to apply design methods to preserve foods, generate energy and heat, provide domestic drinking water, treat grey and black water, composting toilets and more. Topics covered include: Sustainable Housing Efficient Housing Design for your environment Passive heating and cooling New buildings/designs... [More]
Sustainable Housing and Appropriate Technology - PDC Module I
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Community Design and Social Permaculture - PDC Module J

Learn about the social aspect of permaculture and some of the more invisible realms of the subject. Explore ideas around localisation and community scale solutions, community living, social enterprise, LETsystems and deep ecology. Topics covered include: Invisible structures Micro-finance/Social enterprise Alternative Economies – Barter/LETS etc Globalisation vs Localisation Deep Ecology Relocalising Lives and Communities Where to from Here? Making a living/creating a lifestyle in... [More]
Community Design and Social Permaculture - PDC Module J
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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 Important information Once your enrolment is completed you will receive a confirmation email. This email will be your receipt and inform you of the... [More]
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