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AHC33822 - Certificate III in Permaculture

There are currently no openings available for this course.


Embark on a transformative journey towards sustainable living with our Permaculture course at Byron Community College. Nestled in the green heart of the North Coast in Byron Shire, this highly practical program offers you the chance to acquire essential skills that go beyond the classroom, fostering connections with like-minded individuals who share your passion for sustainability.
Immerse yourself in the vibrant world of permaculture, where organic farming, animal systems, natural building, food preservation, systems thinking, and community development converge into a holistic philosophy. Gain inspiration from natural ecosystems as you progress through this work ready qualification, equipping you to operate independently and skilfully in developing permaculture systems.
Experience the best of both worlds with a blend of classroom learning and hands-on training at our purpose-designed 1-acre permaculture site, nestled within the Mullumbimby Community Gardens. This unique setup provides you with practical insights and confidence to lead the way towards a better future.
Join us, in collaboration with Mullumbimby Community Gardens and Permaculture Australia, to become a catalyst for positive change in sustainability. Enrol now and be part of the movement shaping lives, homes, and communities towards a more sustainable tomorrow.

Course Duration & Hours
  • Assessments will be completed in an online format
  • Rolling enrolments – Intake dates: 9 Jul 2024
  • 2 days of face-to-face onsite learning per week, 9:00am – 3:30pm, Tuesday & Wednesday
  • 1 day unstructured at home study per week, 9:00am – 3:30pm
  • Delivery location: Mullumbimby Campus & Mullumbimby Community Gardens

Units of Study
  1. AHCPER322 Communicate permaculture system principles to stakeholders
  2. AHCPER324 Establish a permaculture system
  3. AHCPER332 Maintain integrated plant and animal systems
  4. AHCPER335 Select plant and animal species for permaculture systems
  5. AHCPER414 Develop recommendations for integrated plant and animal systems
  6. AHCWRK322 Conduct site inspections
  7. AHCPER326 Install and maintain permaculture water management systems
  8. AHCPER327 Install structures for permaculture systems
  9. AHCPER325 Mitigate plant pests, diseases and disorders in a permaculture system
  10. AHCPER331 Coordinate propagation activities for a permaculture system
  11. AHCPER329 Coordinate preparation and storage of produce from a permaculture system
  12. AHCPER336 Test, improve and maintain healthy soil in a permaculture system
  13. AHCPER323 Use the characteristics of plant resilience in a permaculture system
  14. AHCPER334 Read and interpret property maps and plans
  15. AHCWRK314 Monitor weather conditions
Entry Requirements
There are no formal entry requirements for this qualification.

Admission / Desirable Requirements
It is strongly recommended that learners can work physically in a range of outdoor conditions (sun, rain, wind) for extended periods of time.  It is also strongly recommended that learners can squat, kneel, bend, lift and carry loads, dig, shovel and weed.  
Learners unable to physically complete assessments to a satisfactory standard, due to any limitations on their ability to meet the inherent requirements of the course, may only receive a Statement of Attendance for their participation. 
It is essential that learners have access to a desktop or laptop computer, and internet whilst studying with the College, as assessments will be completed online.

What to bring
  • Laptop
  • Pen and paper
  • Mug for tea and coffee
  • Water bottle and refreshments
Not sure which course is right for you? Click here to book a chat with our Student Support Coordinator to discuss your options and study pathways.

Course Fees
The fee below applies to all eligible Smart and Skilled students:
Smart and Skilled NSW Fee Free initiative - $0
To be eligible for Smart and Skilled government subsidised training, you must:
Be an Australian citizen, permanent resident or humanitarian visa holder, or a New Zealand citizen; and
Live or work in New South Wales; and
Be aged 15 years or older; and
No longer be at school or equivalent; and
Provide the College with your USI at the time of enrolment (admin staff can assist you in obtaining a USI)

For more information on Smart and Skilled eligibility criteria or subsidised places, click here or call our office on 02 6684 3374.
This training is subsidised by the NSW Government.
The fee below applies to all User Pays students:
Full fee: $4,300
Concession: $4,100
Early Bird: $3,900 (Deposit to be received by 13 January 2024)

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.

This course is Austudy Approved

Student Policies and Procedures

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 here and follow the simple instructions online to create your USI. This then needs to be provided to the College at the time of enrolment.