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Permaculture courses and workshops 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 Centre For Permaculture offers:

  • Certificate III in Permaculture
  • Certificate IV in Permaculture
  • Permaculture Design Courses (PDC)
  • Sustainability courses and a whole lot more...

Learn more about these courses below.

AHC33822 - Certificate III in Permaculture

AHC33822 - Certificate III in Permaculture

Are you interested in learning permaculture skills to help make lives, homes and communities more sustainable? We offer you the opportunity to immerse yourself in sustainable living in Byron Shire, the green heart of the North Coast. Make like-minded friends in this highly practical course as you gain experience and confidence to transition your life and the lives of others towards a better future. You will learn: Permaculture principles and ethics Integrated plant and animal... [More]
Assessments are made against units of competency from the Certificate III in Permaculture AHC33822.
  • Maintain integrated plant and animal systems (AHCPER332)
  • Establish a permaculture system (AHCPER324)
  • Develop recommendations for integrated plant and animal systems (AHCPER414)
  • Communicate permaculture system principles to stakeholders (AHCPER322)
  • Conduct site inspections (AHCWRK322)
  • Select plant and animal species for permaculture systems (AHCPER335)
  • Test, improve and maintain healthy soil in a permaculture system (AHCPER336)
  • Install and maintain permaculture water management systems (AHCPER326)
  • Use the characteristics of plant resilience in a permaculture system (AHCPER323)
  • Mitigate plant pests, diseases and disorders in a permaculture system (AHCPER325)
  • Coordinate preparation and storage of produce from a permaculture system (AHCPER329)
  • Monitor weather conditions (AHCWRK314)
  • Coordinate propagation activities for a permaculture system (AHCPER331)
  • Read and interpret property maps and plans (AHCPER334)
  • Install structures for permaculture systems (AHCPER327)
AHC33822 - Certificate III in Permaculture

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

Backyard Food Production

Backyard Food Production

Growing your own herbs and vegetables can be a rewarding and exciting experience. This course provides you with a mix of practical information and hands-on experience to achieve great results. During this 8 week course, you will become part of a small team who will be the custodians of our backyard vegetable garden plot at our purpose designed 1-acre permaculture site located at Mullumbimby Community Gardens (MCG). We will follow the seasons of a north coast vegetable garden.... [More]
Assessments are made against units of competency.
  • Engage in short and simple spoken exchanges at work (FSKOCM002)
  • Estimate, measure and calculate with routine metric measurements for work (FSKNUM015)
  • Read and respond to routine workplace information (FSKRDG010)

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

Native Plant Identification and Wild Foods

Native Plant Identification and Wild Foods

Join us for an introduction into the wonderful world of plant identification and become familiar with some of our local rainforest species and unique wild foods. In the spirit of fun and inquiry, we will cover some basic and intermediate level botanic terminology, identify rainforest species, plant families, and discover what edible fruits, shoots and roots are available in this area. We will delve deeper into the nuances of plant ID and the interconnectedness of plant Families,... [More]

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

AHC42116 - Certificate IV in Permaculture

AHC42116 - Certificate IV in Permaculture

Come on the journey to grow your permaculture know-how right in the green heart of Northern NSW! Permaculture is a richly rewarding career, where you can immerse yourself in sustainable living and organic farming practices. It can provide you with opportunities to work in community development locally and internationally, aid projects, integrated food production or design for sustainable living. This Certificate IV Qualification aims to expand your existing knowledge of... [More]
Assessments are made against units of competency from the Certificate IV in Permaculture AHC42116.
  • Provide advice on permaculture principles and practices (AHCPER401)
  • Design harvesting and storage systems for permaculture products (AHCPER407)
  • Manage a permaculture seed bank (AHCPER409)
  • Identify and analyse bioregional characteristics and resources (AHCPER406)
  • Manage organic soil improvement (AHCORG403)
  • Recommend approaches for sustainable community and bioregional development (AHCPER410)
  • Design an urban permaculture system (AHCPER403)
  • Operate within a sustainable community and bioregional development program (AHCPER411)
  • Plan and implement permaculture works (AHCPER404)
  • Select appropriate technology for a permaculture system (AHCPER405)
  • Evaluate suitability of species as solutions for permaculture applications (AHCPER413)
  • Cost a project (AHCBUS407)

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

Caring for Water Places

Caring for Water Places

Do you live near a creek, river or estuary that looks in poor shape? Are you interested in helping them come back to life? Sadly, many of our beautiful water places are seriously degraded through development and historic land use practices. In this short course you will learn how to determine the quality of your waterway and gain knowledge and experience to take steps to fix it, in the process restoring aquatic plant and animal life, drawing down some carbon and healing the planet.... [More]
Assessments are made against units of competency.
  • Read and respond to simple informal workplace texts (FSKRDG006)
  • Use digital technology for non-routine workplace tasks (FSKDIG003)

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

Permaculture Design Course (PDC)

Permaculture Design Course (PDC)

Follow your passion and immerse yourself in this Modular Permaculture Design Course held 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]

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

Ecology - Weeds, Pests And Diseases In The Garden - PDC

Ecology - Weeds, Pests And Diseases In The Garden - PDC

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. Permaculture Design Course This course module is one of 14 which make up the internationally renowned Permaculture Design Course (PDC). You are welcome to attend just this module to learn the... [More]

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

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]

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

Building a Tiny House

Building a Tiny House

Learn all the skills and steps to build your own off-grid tiny house. Based on practical experience by the tutor – who built and lives in his own tiny house, this course will give the necessary guidance to plan your design and build your own tiny house. You will develop an understanding of the whole project, from sourcing the materials, to design and implementation, to the different sources of renewable energy. This course will save you money and months of research. What to bring... [More]

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

Bamboo Basics Part 1

Bamboo Basics Part 1

Join us for one of the most comprehensive bamboo courses available in Australia. Split into 2 parts and held at the Mullumbimby Community Gardens, it is recommended students enrol in Part 1 and 2 to gain the full benefits of this hands on, rigorous bamboo course. Bamboo Basics Part 1: An introduction to bamboo. In this short course you will learn how to harvest good quality bamboo and treat it for longevity. It will also cover how to grow different species of bamboo and how to... [More]
Assessments are made against units of competency.
  • Use digital technology for short and basic workplace tasks (FSKDIG001)

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